Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin dead at 78

Boudin took part in 1981 heist that killed three people

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Kathy Boudin, a member of the radical militant group Weather Underground and participant in a 1981 robbery that killed two police officers and a security guard, died of cancer on Sunday.

Boudin, 78, the mother of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, spent decades in prison for her role in the October 1981 heist, in which members of her group teamed up with the Black Liberation Army to rob an armored truck carrying cash outside New York City.

Militants first stopped the Brink's armored truck, killing security guard Peter Paige. They then left with roughly $1.6 million in cash and transferred to a nearby U-Haul vehicle, where Boudin was waiting.

Kathy Boudin, the Weather Underground radical-turned-teacher, has died of cancer.

Kathy Boudin, the Weather Underground radical-turned-teacher, has died of cancer. (Fox News Channel, File)

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The getaway truck, with Boudin in the passenger's seat, soon ran into a police roadblock, however. Her accomplices opened fire, killing two police officers, Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown. Boudin initially tried to escape but ultimately surrendered.

She served 22 years in prison for the heist and was released on parole in 2003.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, second from left, with future wife Valerie Block, far left, his father David Gilbert and mother Kathy Boudin, right at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., in 2019.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, second from left, with future wife Valerie Block, far left, his father David Gilbert and mother Kathy Boudin, right at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., in 2019. (Chesa Boudin via AP, File)

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Boudin last made waves when Columbia University announced it had enlisted her as an adjunct professor at the university's school of social work in 2008. It then hired her as a full time professor in 2013, according to the New York Post's reporting.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This report has been updated to clarify that Kathy Boudin was in the passenger’s seat of the getaway truck in the Brink’s robbery.