If you wait long enough, anything is possible on Broadway or in Hollywood.
Yesterday’s villain can become tomorrow’s hero or in the case of Kathy Boudin, former member of the domestic terrorist group the Weather Underground, and convicted murderer, a heroine.
Boudin, sentenced to a life term in New York State for the shooting deaths of two policemen, Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown as well as Brinks security guard Peter Paige was paroled in 2003 after serving twenty two years in prison for the three homicides. The officers were killed in a shootout with members of the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Army after a failed bank robbery in 1981. Boudin minimized her role in the slayings by simply saying she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet the groups that she was involved with utilized explosives and automatic weapons to destroy property, take lives, and instill fear in ordinary citizens through violence. If that isn’t terrorism, I don’t know what is.
Today we read that Ms. Boudin has been quite active since her parole. She has been working as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work and was recently awarded the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School. And if being honored as a scholar was not enough, she is to receive accolades as a heroine in Robert Redford’s soon to be released movie, “The Company You Keep” based on the activities on Boudin and her former husband David Gilbert, currently serving three life sentences in Auburn State Prison for his role in the shooting deaths of O’Grady, Brown, and Paige. David has also received some portion of fame with his book, “No Surrender” an unrepentant account of his life as a terrorist. David is also actively involved