Kathy Boudin, a left-wing terrorist involved in a fatal bank robbery in 1981 and the mother of the current San Francisco District Attorney, has died of cancer at 78.
Two police officers and a Brinks security guard were killed when the Weather Underground attacked an armored truck in New York trying to get money for Black nationalist groups. Boudin and life partner David Gilbert were participants and both were arrested and convicted after the botched robbery.
Boudin graduated from Bryn Mawr College, an elite women’s institution, in 1965 and joined the militant Weathermen in planning attacks on various institutions. In March 1970, the group was in the basement of a Greenwich Village townhouse planning a bombing of an officer’s dance club in New Jersey when a dynamite bomb accidentally detonated.
Three of her colleagues died, and Boudin spent 11 years on the run, hiding out with other militants in remote rural locations and urban safehouses. Presumably to fight boredom, she and other radicals planted bombs at almost two dozen government and corporate sites.
She resurfaced after the 1981 attempted robbery in New York and pled guilty to murder and armed robbery charges. Boudin argued she was merely a decoy and never had a gun, but she was sentenced to 20 years to life. She was paroled in 2003 after spending 22 years behind bars. From there she attended Columbia University and was hired as an adjunct professor in 2008 and became full-time in 2013.
Police organizations vehemently protested her release from prison and her hiring by Columbia University — both to no avail.
Kathy Boudin’s son Chesa is the San Francisco district attorney and is the target of a recall effort that will be decided by voters on June 7. Opponents cite the “lawlessness” and “anarchy” of life in the left-wing city since Boudin instituted his “reforms.”
The former Weather Underground terrorist’s passing is being noted in several media outlets as the end of a life that went off-course but was corrected. Most people whose rebellious phase leads directly to several deaths, including those of police officers, are not so fortunate to garner forgiveness. Much less then allowed to spread their ideas at prestigious universities.