“‘I became a terrorist out of love’: American housewife ‘Jihad Jane’ who converted to Islam and tried to kill a Swedish cartoonist a year before Charlie Hebdo speaks from jail,” by David Mccormack, MailOnline, January 14, 2015:
A white Islamic militant who christened herself ‘Jihad Jane’ and was convicted of plotting to kill a cartoonist who satirized the Prophet Muhammad, has claimed her actions were motivated our of love.
Colleen LaRose, 51, of Pennsberg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to charges including planning a jihad and conspiring to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks in 2011 and was convicted in 2014.
She was sentenced to ten years in prison, but in a recent letter to a criminologist, LaRose said love was behind her crimes.
LaRose wrote in response to a query from Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, who shared the letter with NBC News.
‘Why did I do what I was convicted of?’ she wrote. ‘There’s many reasons but the simplest reason is I did it for love.
‘Love for my Prophet, love for my Ummah [community] and love for the brother that gave me the assignment.
‘Also I think I did it for pride. Sisters are never given assignments like the one I was given. I felt my brother had enough confidence and trust in me that he honored me by giving me the assignment. I felt if he loved me that much then I had to do what he told me needed to be done.’…