Sunday, 14thth March 2010
An American woman who converted to Islam last year and was lured to Europe by online extremists was arrested in Ireland in connection with a suspected plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist, her mother said on Saturday.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez is the second American woman arrested in a plot to kill the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, the second American woman to be linked to the plot, had vowed to "strap a bomb" for the jihad cause, said Christine Mott.
Miss Paulin-Ramirez was a troubled single mother who taught her six-year-old son to hate Christians, said Mrs Mott. The 31-year-old had the "mentality of an abused woman" and had fallen in with extremists to escape her loneliness, according to her mother.
"She doesn't have the sense God gave a goose. She's book-smart and common-sense-dumb," said Mrs Mott.
Miss Paulin-Ramirez, a former trainee nurse from Leadville, Colorado, was one of seven people arrested in Ireland last week over an alleged conspiracy to murder Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who had depicted the prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog.
In a development that has caused alarm in the United States, she was the second American woman to be linked with the plot.
Colleen LaRose, who allegedly called herself Jihad Jane on the internet, was charged in the US last week over the plot to kill Mr Vilks.
Irish police have now released four of those arrested without charge and her parents confirmed Miss Paulin-Ramirez was one of them.
According to friends and family, both women had converted to Islam and became obsessed with radical Muslim internet sites, later agreeing to marry foreign men they had met online.
Her mother said the thrice-married Miss Paulin-Ramirez had even communicated online with a Pakistani who said he wanted to come to the US to learn to fly.
Mrs Mott said her daughter told her last Easter she had become a Muslim.
She began talking about jihad with George Mott, her stepfather and a longtime Muslim convert, telling him she would die for the cause, but became increasingly hostile to her family, said her mother.
"We were enemies. We couldn't even speak to each other," said Mrs Mott.
"I'd yell at her, 'Get off the damn computer, do something with your son.'" During a recent phone call, the boy told her that "all Christians will burn in hellfire", said Mrs Mott.
After she left in September, Miss Paulin-Ramirez told her family she had moved to Ireland and married an Algerian she had met online.
Mrs Mott said her daughter, who was "the kid in the class everyone picked on and made fun of", had "got sucked in" and was simply looking for someone who would love her.
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