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Looking for Revolution, Finding Murder

The Crimes and Transformation of Katherine Ann Power

Janet Landman

262 pages
Paragon House

Katherine Power, while a college senior, drove the getaway car in a violent bank robbery committed in the name of revolution. One of Power's accomplices shot and killed Boston police officer and father of nine, Walter Schroeder. Power went underground. She was on the FBI's Most Wanted list longer than any other woman in history. Her surrender 23 years later was national news.

Looking for Revolution, Finding Murder explores how Power came to do grave harm and how she went about a moral reckoning. Janet Landman traces how Power transformed herself from idealistic antiwar activist to armed revolutionary, to long-term fugitive, to voluntary but defiant convict. It took years in prison doing what Power called "conscience work" before she took full responsibility for the ruin she had wrought.

Landman lays out with precision, depth, and nuance Katherine Power's rocky pilgrimage toward a moral reckoning. Looking for Revolution, Finding Murder reveals how criminals, sinners, and wrong-doers—all of us—can re-make ourselves as decent human beings—flawed and worthy, scarred and repaired. And something like redeemed.

Author Bio
Janet Landman, Ph.D., is a research psychologist, writer, and award-winning poet. She has taught psychology at the University of Michigan, Babson College, and Boston University. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Landman is author of many empirical journal articles and the nonfiction book, Regret: The Persistence of the Possible. Regret was named a Book of the Year by The Independent and by the Princeton Theological Seminary and the Association of Theological Booksellers. She now makes her home in northern California.