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Ulrike Meinhof
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Terrorist
    (October 7, 1934-May 9, 1976)
    Editor-in-chief (1961-64) of the University of Münster student newspaper 'Konkret' (concrete)
    Became member of the RAF (Red Army Faction) after helping left-wing militant Andreas Baader escape police custody (May 14, 1970)
    German press dubbed the RAF the Baader-Meinhof gang
    Captured and imprisoned June 1972
    Committed suicide in prison at age 41
    She came from a comfortable, upper-middle class environment.
    After writing the essay 'Hitler in You' attacking German Minister of Defense Franz Strauss she was sued twice, losing the second time.
    During the 1960's she went from outspoken journalist to a disillusioned radical urban guerrilla.
    For two years after helping Baader escape she was one of the most wanted criminals in Germany.
    While serving an eight year sentence, she hung herself with a towel in her cell.
    Though expressing outward depression, some sympathizers and RAF members believed she was murdered by German authorities.
    Had she lived, she would have been found guilty with co-defendants of four counts of murder, thirty counts of attempted murder and received a life sentence.
    Her father died when she was five and her mother when she was 15.
    While pregnant she developed headaches caused by a swollen blood vessel and underwent a brain operation.
    After the birth of twins, undergoing an operation and a divorce her demeanor became darker.
    When she died, her brain was taken without permission for study on links between brain disorders and terrorism.
    It was kept in a jar of formaldehyde for 26 years until her daughter legally had it returned for burial in 2002.

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