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Convicted Felon for Murder and Robbery Now Teaching at Columbia University

This is really hard to believe, but apparently true. As someone with a social work degree, I can’t begin to understand this. Surely, Columbia could find someone to teach who isn’t a convicted felon.

According to the New York Post, Kathy Boudin, paroled in 2003 after serving 22 years in prison for an armed car robbery gone bad that killed  two police officers and a Brinks guard, is now teaching at Columbia University. The men were gunned down by her accomplices from the Black Liberation Army. She drove the getaway car. Today, Kathy is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at Columbia University.  She is also  a former Weathermen Underground radical.


But as if that isn’t enough, Kathy has been awarded the Sheinberg Scholar-In-Residence at NYU Law School this year too. She gave a lecture entitled, ” The Politics of Parole and Re-entry.”

This is simply mind boggling!

I looked at her biography on the Columbia Law School speaker biography page, and while it says she served 22 years in prison, it never mentions that 3 people were gunned down in cold blood  due to her actions. It doesn’t say that nine children grew up without their fathers. And before the Brinks job, one report says she was also involved in at least a dozen bombings across the country including the Pentagon, The US Capitol and NYPD headquarters.

So help me understand this, Casey Anthony and OJ, both acquitted of murder, can’t be seen in public because they are so publicly scorned, but Boudin, paroled for murder, can teach at Columbia and write and lecture about parenting and family advocacy?


So Kathy, who thought killing people was a way to further her goals with the Weathermen Underground, is now a family advocate and teaching our young adults. Her sentence was twenty to life for felony murder and robbery. In her parole hearing in 2003 she told the board that she participated in the robbery because she felt guilty being white. In her mind, the robbery would help advance the cause of black people and civil rights (One of the victims, Waverly Brown was black and all three victims served in our military).

Nine children grew up without their fathers because of the killings! Now the heist driver is lecturing the next generation of social workers. God help us!

The New York post also reported that Boudin is scheduled to speak at Columbia Law School’s conference on child and family advocacy.


Has she changed? Is she repentant for taking the lives of 3 people and hurting so many others? Has she apologized to all the people she hurt? What is she saying to the students? 

People can certainly change, but there is fruit when change is real. If there is no fruit, this is frightening!



  • Linda Mintle

    There is no indication that God was involved in her life. One of the criticism is that there is a lack of repentance because there is no belief that what was done was wrong when you believe in an ideal and think you are acting according to that ideal. That is the scary part/

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Johnell

    Of course people can change! I am definitely happy for her and hope that she continues to live her life in a law abiding way. Yes, she made some MAJOR mistakes that cannot be taken back, but you have to give her some credit…GOD worked in her life.

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