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Gudrun Ensslin
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Terrorist
    (August 15, 1940-October 18, 1977)
    Born in Bartholoma, Germany
    Founding member of the Red Army Faction (RAF), aka the Baader-Meinhof Gang
    Arrested in a Hamburg boutique (June 8, 1972)
    Convicted of four counts of murder, 34 counts of attempted murder, and forming a terrorist organization and sentenced to life in prison (April 28, 1977)
    Committed suicide in her cell by hanging
    After meeting Andreas Baader, she dumped her fiance by phone.
    She abandoned her son to become an urban guerrilla.
    She constantly called West Germany a fascist state, ignoring the likelihood that real fascists would not have let her and Baader out of jail while they appealed their conviction on arson charges (June, 1969).
    She was involved in five bomb attacks that killed four people.
    The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine tried to get her, Baader, and two other RAF co-defendants released by hijacking a Lufthansa jet (October 13, 1977).
    After German special forces freed the hostages, she and Baader decided to commit suicide.
    Conspiracy theorists claim, without any evidence, that she, Baader, Meinhof and other jailed RAF members had been murdered by the West German authorities.
    She had an inch-long scar over her eyebrow from a childhood tobogganing accident.
    She was a Girl Scout.
    She did well in school and won a scholarship from the National Academic Foundation.
    She appeared topless in an experimental film, 'Das Abonnement.' (1967)
    She was considered the intellectual of the RAF.

Credit: C. Fishel


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