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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (). A TINY blonde with DD boobs and blue eyes, Colleen La Rose looked like the typical American housewife… until a one-night stand sent her on a fateful path towards terror. The woman now infamously known as ‘Jihad Jane’ had survived an abusive childhood and two marriage breakdowns when a chance encounter, aged 45, in an Amsterdam bar turned her towards Islamic radicalisation and a murderous plot that would see her jailed for ten years. Her shocking story has been brought to life in new documentary Jihad Jane, which is released in cinemas today. In it, LaRose, now 56, recalls her thrill at travelling to Waterford in Ireland in August 2009 to join the terrorist cell of jihadist Ali Charaf Damache to plot deadly attacks on Europe – and, in particular, mastermind the murder of Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist behind a controversial depiction of Mohammad. But just how did an ordinary American woman – with no strong links to religion, let alone Islam – become America’s first white woman arrested for terror? Dad’s sickening abuse LaRose, who was born in June 1963 in Michigan, suffered cruelty from a young age. Her parents were both heavy drinkers and divorced when she was three years old, acccording to Reuters journalist John Shiffman, who spent six months researching her story. She struggled in school, once arriving at class with mouse bites on her fingers from her dirty home, and only ever achieved a seventh-grade education – the equivalent of Year 8 in the UK. When she turned eight, her father Richard began to rape her and her sister Pam, then 11. They have recalled how he would turn up at their bedroom door with a bottle of lotion, which would be their cue to undress. The attacks continued until LaRose ran away from her Detroit home at the age of 13. “He never did say he was sorry for what he did to us,” her sister Pam said in an interview. “I still have a lot of anger. Colleen feels the same way. We don’t talk about it a lot. Too much pain is involved.” Prostitution and an ill-fated marriage To survive, LaRose lived on the street as a prostitute and never returned to finish school. She developed a dependency on alcohol and also turned to drugs, including crack and crystal meth. At 16, in the 1980s, she married a 32-year-old man called Sheldon Barnum, who described her to The New York Times as upbeat and easygoing. “She was just like anyone else,” he noted. “There wasn’t anything really different about her.” The teenager reportedly fell pregnant by him, and suffered a miscarriage so bad that it would leave her unable to have children. They divorced soon afterwards. A year later, she arrived at Runaway House, a shelter for teenagers in Memphis, Tennessee. A counsellor there recalled how the petite 4ft.