And so the plot thickens… It turns outColleen LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, isn’t the only American blonde turned out by Muslim extremists. Irish police have a U.S. woman named Jamie Paulin-Ramirez in custody in connection with the plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist. Pop the hood for details.
Last Easter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom and medical assistant, announced to her family that she had converted to Islam. A few months later, she began posting to Facebook forums whose headings included “STOP caLLing MUSLIMS TERRORISTS!”
On Sept. 11, she suddenly left Leadville, Colo., a small town in the Rocky Mountains, for Denver, then for New York, to meet and marry a Muslim man she connected with online, her family says. Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, who is 5-foot-11 and blonde, phoned her mother and stepfather in Leadville, providing them with an address in Waterford, Ireland, they say.
Now, she is in the custody of the Irish police, along with six other individuals, arrested as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit murder, according to officials familiar with the case. The nature of the authorities’ suspicions about Ms. Paulin-Ramirez couldn’t be determined on Friday.
Ms. Paulin-Ramirez is the second American woman to be linked to an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who made fun of the Prophet Mohammed. An indictment was unsealed this week against Colleen R. LaRose, 46, a suburban Philadelphia woman who authorities said used the Web alias “JihadJane.”
The main contact for Ms. LaRose is believed to be one of the men in Irish custody, an Algerian, who has a relationship with Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, according to a person close to matter.
A person close to the Irish police couldn’t confirm whether Ms. Paulin-Ramirez and the Algerian are married.
Ms. LaRose spent roughly two weeks in Ireland last fall, a person familiar with the matter said.
The Irish police are holding four men and three women, including three Algerians, a Croatian, a Palestinian, a Libyan and a U.S. national, according to a person close to the police.They are being questioned and haven’t been charged. A U.S. official familiar with the matter confirmed that Ms. Paulin-Ramirez is the U.S. national. The Justice Department declined to comment.
The seven were arrested as part of an investigation into “a conspiracy to commit a serious offense (namely, conspiracy to murder an individual in another jurisdiction),” according to a police news release on Tuesday.
“When I saw pictures of that woman [Ms. LaRose], I thought—that’s what Jamie is doing. Jamie is wearing the same outfit that woman is wearing,” Paulin-Ramirez’s aunt Cindy Holcomb Jones said.
In the months before Ms. Paulin-Ramirez left Leadville, taking her 6-year-old son but little clothing or other belongings, she began “wearing the black garb so you can only see her eyes,” her aunt said.
“We knew that she was dabbling in the Muslim religion. But for her to disappear like this was from left field—we weren’t expecting it at all,” said Ms. Jones, who spoke to her niece almost every day before her disappearance.
Relatives of Ms. Paulin-Ramirez said they’re distressed because her son was with her in Ireland. The boy’s father is Mexican and hasn’t seen the child in about 5 years, said George Mott, Ms. Paulin-Ramirez’s stepfather, who lives in Leadville with her mother.
Ms. Paulin-Ramirez and her new husband had recently changed the child’s name to Wahid. Mr. Mott said he believed the boy is in the care of the Irish authorities, but would like him returned to Leadville.
Ms. Paulin-Ramirez had married several times over the years—some of her relatives estimated she was married four times. In 2008 or 2009, Mr. Mott said, Ms. Paulin-Ramirez enrolled in an online course about Islam.
Over the summer, her family says, she was spending increasing time on the computer and had begun to dress in the traditional garb, covering not only her hair and face but also her hands.Her current Facebook page lists her as Jamie Paulin, with a photo in which all that is visible are her eyes peering from slits in her full-face veil.
Ms. Holcomb-Mott feared the little boy was “in training” to become a terrorist, according to Sgt. Saige Thomas of the Leadville police, who conducted the investigation.
Mr. Mott, a convert to Islam himself, says he went to Denver to find his stepdaughter but couldn’t track her down.
The police found Ms. Paulin-Ramirez’s car, a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville, at the Denver International Airport in the long-term parking lot.
Mr. Mott said that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents showed up at his door and questioned him, and took his stepdaughter’s computer. She had added a keyboard with Arabic keys, he said.
“Jamie took off just like Jihad Jane took off on her boyfriend,” Mr. Mott said. “We have been trying since September of last year to get her back here and get that baby back here.”
A few months before she disappeared, her stepfather says he confronted her: “What are you going to do, strap a bomb on and blow up something?” he asked her. He recalled that she responded: “If necessary, yes.”
“She never liked who she was,” her mother said. “She was always looking for something.””
SMH… This sh*t is crazy. Somebody please get these bored white hoes hobbies. Terrorism is not cute!!! It’s not right to drag your six-year-old child across the world because you’re trying to find yourself.