| Stalked and Ambushed
The True Story of the Hellish "Astronaut Love Triangle"
By Colleen Shipman with William Oefelein
Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman escaped what could have been a gruesome death after she was attacked by married NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak, who was obsessed with Shipman's boyfriend, Space Shuttle Pilot William Oefelein. Rejected by Oefelein, Nowak was unable to accept that an illicit affair would not develop, and she snapped into a psychotic rage. On February 3, 2007, after weeks of tedious planning, a jealous Nowak embarked on a mission to kidnap, terrorize and (perhaps) kill Colleen Shipman.
Jaws dropped worldwide when the news hit. Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut sat in jail, charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, burglary and assault. Nowak, a Navy Captain and married mother of three, abandoned her family and prestigious career and took several weeks to plan her mission to confront Shipman. Driving eleven hours from Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida, her plan was to intercept Shipman.
Lurking in the shadows of the Orlando International Airport, in the middle of the night, the most unlikely criminal of our time watched Shipman and waited for the opportune moment to strike in a dark parking lot. In her possession was a "murder kit"-a 4-inch buck knife, a BB gun, rubber tubing, a steel drilling hammer, latex gloves and garbage bags. Nowak chased Shipman to her car and blasted her with pepper spray before Shipman, blinded, choking and flailing, could speed away. Nowak was later found by police as she tried to toss her grim collection of weapons.
unfortunate for Nowak in her journey to attack Shipman was her choice
to not stop to use the toilet along her route, choosing instead to urinate
into diapers. In fact, police found two used diapers in her car, along
with a supply of clean ones.
This story reveals the months-long lead up to the crime, the emotional
toll on all three parties, and the high price Colleen Shipman paid for
telling the truth. An array of powerful forces pressured her to tilt
the story in directions of their choosing, but Shipman stuck to the
facts. Here she will not only present them all in this grimly ironic
love story-a fairy tale romance that landed Shipman in the crosshairs
of danger, provoked Nowak's psychotic episode, and left William Oefelein
grasping for explanations of Nowak's behavior-she will add the emotional
and personal details that courts may not need, but readers do.
Colleen and Bill married August 14, 2010, and now reside in Alaska.
| It Only Takes One
By Jack Andraka with Matthew Lysiak
The inspirational teen memoir of young scientist Jack Andraka who recently discovered an early detection test for several different types of cancer.
sitting in his high school biology class one day, Jack Andraka sparked
an idea for a test that could potentially detect pancreatic cancer early
on. After the death of a family friend who had recently died of the
disease, Jack recognized the need for inexpensive early detection methods.
At the age of fifteen, Jack came up with a detection test that costs
only three cents to run and has an accuracy rate higher than 90 percent.
The test has the ability to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer
in its earliest stages.
Watch: Jack Andraka TED Talk