Tears for a Terrorist
The LA Times does the sob-sister routine
for former SLA member and attempted cop-killer Sara Jane Olson.She fears falling ill and landing in the prison healthcare organization that experts say claims one life a week through malpractice or neglect.
She laments the absence of anything meaningful to do. She craves privacy. And she tiptoes nervously through each day while awaiting that moment in 2009 when she'll go home to her husband and daughters in Minnesota.
There's the usual "solid citizen" routine:"I had a really good life," Olson recalled. She acted in community theater and taught citizenship classes. She volunteered for groups aiding African refugees, the poor and other causes, and recorded books for the blind.
And we hear moaning about how tough it is:Surviving in prison meant accepting what she called "enforced idleness," with one monotonous day sliding into the next. The noise is ceaseless, the facility packed to twice its intended capacity.
No discussion on how tough was it for Myrna Opsahl's (the woman killed in an SLA bank robbery) children, growing up without their mother.