Is it just me, or does the saga of diapered astronaut Lisa Nowak sound like the rejected plot of a Lifetime made-for-cable movie?
It has all the elements of a potboiler: love triangle, obsession, catfight, violence, and space travel.
Here's the plot in a nutshell, as reported in The Washington Post:
By early Monday, Nowak had allegedly made a nonstop dash by car to Orlando to confront -- and pepper-spray -- Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman, whom Nowak perceived as a rival for the affections of astronaut William "Billy" Oefelein.It's sort of The Right Stuff meets the Long Island Lolita.
Nowak approached Shipman in disguise in an airport parking lot around 3 a.m. and tried to get into Shipman's car while carrying a steel mallet, a buck knife and a BB gun that resembled a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, according to an affidavit filed by local police. They said the BB gun was loaded with pellets and was set to fire.
Or perhaps, keeping in mind the title of Billy Bob Thornton's soon-to-be-released film, The Astronaut Farmer, this one could be titled "The Astronaut Felon."