Fugitive anti-Vietnam War activist surrenders

BOSTON -- A radical anti-Vietnam War activist wanted for the murder of a Boston police officer during a bank robbery 23 years ago surrendered Wednesday.

Katherine Ann Power turned herself in to Boston police just after 6 a.m. and faced arraignment later in the morning in Suffolk County Superior Court.


Powser is a former Brandeis University student who allegedly helped four other activists hold up a bank in Boston in 1970 to get money for anti-war activities.

Officer Walter Schroeder Sr. was gunned down and killed during that robbery.

The four others involved have already been convicted and sentenced, but Power has been in hiding in Oregon. Reports said Power lived as a wife, mother and restaurateur under the name of Alice Louise Metzinger in the small town of Lebanon.

She is married to Ron Duncan, and has a 14-year-old son, Jaime.

Powers, 44, has spent 14 years on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. She reportedly decided to surrender to deal with the events of her past life.

She faced murder and bank robbery charges in Boston. Her lawyer said she planned to try to plead guilty to manslaughter in Suffolk County Superior Court, and to armed robbery in federal court.


He said she is prepared to accept the consequences.

In a statement, Power said her crimes did not stem from any desire for personal gain, but a deep conviction that she had to take active steps to stop a wrong, the Vietnam War.

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