FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE
ON THE LAM
TWENTY-NINE YEARS TODAY
Courtesy of ……The Dallas Morning News
EX-NTSU RADICAL ARRESTED BY FBI
Nita Thurman & Mark Edgar
Published: May 26, 1985
“Everyone who is alive today has to decide whether he
is going to be part of the revolution.” — Elizabeth Duke, 1970
From the campus of North Texas State University to the legislative back rooms of Austin, Elizabeth Duke carried out a vocal crusade in the 1970s against what she called the “oppressiveness of the entire social system.’ Her protests — against the Vietnam War, U.S. foreign policy, racial discrimination — were confrontational but peaceful. Still, her outspokenness caused her to lose her NTSU teaching job in 1971 and triggered a series of demonstrations.
On Saturday, the 44-year-old Ms. Duke was being held without bail in a Philadelphia jail on charges of possessing illegal weapons, carrying false identification and harboring a fugitive wanted in the 1981 Brink’s robbery in New York.
Ms. Duke and Dr. Alan Berkman, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested Thursday night by the FBI on a highway in Warminister, a suburb of Philadelphia. FBI agents said they confiscated a sawed-off shotgun, three automatic pistols, ammunition, bulletproof vests and about 10 sets of bogus identification.
As student activism waned in the early 1970s, Ms. Duke turned to revolutionary groups. In Austin, she joined the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and was the former head of the May 19th Communist Movement, federal authorities said.
Two years ago, Ms. Duke wrote a column in The Daily Texan, the University of Texas student newspaper, that claimed law enforcement officials had “targeted (the May 19th group) for destruction’ because it advocated an armed struggle to bring about socialism.
Ms. Duke, mother of a boy and a girl, had been arrested three times
In a related development, the FBI seized a cache of weapons, bomb components, explosives and machines for making false identification from a Doylestown Township garage allegedly rented by Ms. Duke, authorities said.
John Hogan, special agent in charge of the FBI Philadelphia office, said the May 19th Communist Movement was “an off-shoot of the once notorious Weather Underground, also linked to the Black Liberation Front and all part of the Marxist-Leninist revolutionary apparatus.’
“We are still looking for other individuals who have been interacting with these people,’ Hogan said. He added that authorities are trying to recover about 400 pounds of dynamite believed stolen in 1983 in Austin by people tied to the May 19th organization.
The arrests came two weeks after the capture of Marilyn J. Buck, 37, and Linda S. Evans, 38, in New York. They are accused of working together in Austin in 1979 to buy the guns used in the armored car robbery in Nanuet, N.Y. A Brink’s guard and two police officers were shot to death in the incident.
Berkman allegedly traveled to the group’s Mt. Vernon, N.Y., hideout and treated Ms. Buck, who police said had shot herself accidentally during the robbery. Ms. Buck also was wanted in a 1977 prison escape in West Virginia.
Federal investigators said that in the mid-1970s Ms. Evans moved to Austin and rented a house in which Ms. Buck grew up. Ms. Evans also helped found the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and was a leader of the May 19 Communist Movement.
FBI SAYS RADICAL AWAITING TRIAL FLEES
AP, Associated Press
Oct. 14, 1985 9:44 AM ET
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ FBI agents are searching for a self-described revolutionary who authorities say fled while awaiting a hearing on charges of possessing explosives and illegal weapons.
Elizabeth Ann Duke, 44, was considered ”armed and extremely dangerous,” agent Jim McIntosh, spokesman for the FBI’s Philadelphia office, said Sunday.
The Austin, Texas, woman left a note with an attorney she was staying with in Elkins Park, Pa., saying she was leaving, McIntosh said.
Duke and co-defendant Dr. Alan Berkman, 39, of New York City, were scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak.
Pollak had released Duke into the custody of her two sisters in Texas, and she had been staying over the weekend at the house of the unidentified lawyer, who did not represent her but worked for the firm that did, McIntosh said.
Duke and Berkman were arrested May 23 in Doylestown Township in Bucks County. When arrested, authorities said, Duke was carrying a handgun and a key to a Doylestown garage that contained more than 200 pounds of stolen explosives and several weapons, including an Uzi automatic rifle.
An indictment charged the two with 10 offenses, including conspiracy and possession of illegal firearms, explosives and 275 counterfeit Social Security cards. Duke was also charged with harboring a fugitive, Berkman.
An indictment last Thursday added charges of possession of destructive devices and possession of a document-making implement.
U.S. Attorney Edward S.G. Dennis Jr. said the two were charged with the additional offenses because of the discovery of a Polaroid Land camera identification kit, which prints photographs on identification cards, and material to make pipe bombs.
The FBI said Berkman and Duke, who has called herself a ”revolutionary anti-imperialist,” are members of the May 19 Communist Movement, an offshoot of the Weather Underground.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karl Lunkheimer authorized Duke’s arrest for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, McIntosh said.
Pollak in July had allowed Duke to be released to the custody of her sisters, who put up as bail collateral their two homes, valued at approximately $300,000. Among the 20 conditions of the release was that Duke could have no credit cards and not more than $10 in cash in her possession at any time.
Berkman, who was denied bail, is also charged as an accessory in the Oct. 20, 1981, robbery of a Brink’s armored car in Nanuet, N.Y. One guard was shot to death during the robbery, and two police officers were slain at a nearby roadblock.
SHE HAS NEVER BEEN APREHENDED! THEN, QUITE WITHOUT WARNING