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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

When Astronauts Attack

It's a good thing NASA puts those astronauts through all those years of psychological tests, lest they hand the keys to a multi-million dollar spacecraft to someone who might put a diaper and a wig on, hop in the car at their Houston home, and drive all the way to Orlando sitting in heaps of their own feces to spray mace in the face of (and/or kill) someone who's boinking the guy they're having an affair with.
An astronaut drove 900 miles and donned a disguise to confront a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, police said. She was arrested Monday and charged with attempted kidnapping and other counts.

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During a check of the parking lot, an officer followed [Capt. Lisa] Nowak and watched her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. They also found a steel mallet, a 4-inch folding knife, rubber tubing, $600 and garbage bags inside a bag Nowak was carrying when she was arrested, authorities said.

Inside Nowak's vehicle, which was parked at a nearby motel, authorities uncovered a pepper spray package, an unused BB-gun cartridge, latex gloves and e-mails between Shipman and Oefelein. They also found a letter "that indicated how much Mrs. Nowak loved Mr. Oefelein," an opened package for a buck knife, Shipman's home address and hand written directions to the address, the arrest affidavit said.

Police said Nowak told them that she only wanted to scare Shipman into talking to her about her relationship with Oefelein and didn't want to harm her physically.
Right on. More here.