Elizabeth Ann Duke

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Photograph of Elizabeth Ann Duke, taken in 1985.
Photograph of Elizabeth Ann Duke, taken during the 1970s.

Elizabeth Anna Duke (born November 25, 1940) is an American fugitive and former teacher best known for her involvement with radical left-wing political organizations and subsequent flight from prosecution. She remains wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges related to the bombings carried out by the May 19th Communist Organization in the early 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Duke was born in Beeville, Texas on November 25, 1940 but has given her date of birth as April 20, 1941. Duke was allegedly a member of a Weathermen splinter group, the May 19th Communist Organization. The group claimed responsibility for a series of bombings of U.S. government buildings between 1983 and 1985, including the bombing of the United States Capitol building in November 1983.

Arrest and flight[edit]

Duke and Alan Berkman were arrested in May 1985 and indicted on conspiracy, falsification and weapons charges by a federal grand jury, in what became known as the Resistance Conspiracy case. Also charged as co-conspirators were Marilyn Jean Buck, wanted for her role in the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery, Laura Whitehorn, Linda Sue Evans, Susan Rosenberg, and Timothy Blunk. Duke was released on bail in July 1985 and went missing the following October. The Washington, D.C. District Court abruptly quashed her indictment and arrest warrant in June 2009,[1][2] but her status remains unknown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ USA v. DUKE#1:88−cr−00145 (U.S. District Court District of Columbia (Washington, DC) 6/17/2009) ("Doc#2:Order to Dismiss and Quash granted."). Text
  2. ^ USA v. DUKE#1:88−cr−00145 (U.S. District Court District of Columbia (Washington, DC) 6/22/2009) ("Doc#3:Warrant Quashed."). Text

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