It had all the ingredients for a Hollywood blockbuster - the attempted murder of police officers by a 'lone wolf' dissident republican, identity theft of a Swedish model to entrap men online and involve them in a terrorist campaign, and the subsequent suicides of a co-accused and another man unwittingly drawn into the plot in the US.
Released on appeal in 2017 after pleading guilty and being jailed for 16 years, Christine Connor, from north Belfast, was found guilty again on Wednesday of attempting to kill police in 2013 after luring officers with hoax phone calls, including pretending to be a victim of domestic abuse.
The 35-year-old was convicted at Belfast Crown Court of attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life: the first on Ligoniel Road on May 16 and the second on Crumlin Road in the early hours of May 28, 2013 and is due to be sentenced on August 20.
Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell of the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch said it had been "a hugely complex and unusual case spanning seven years".
"After pleading guilty to the offences in 2017 she was convicted, however her conviction was overturned on appeal and a retrial was ordered," he said.
"Today she has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer and a range of other offences and she will be sentenced next month.
"This was an attack on police officers who were carrying out their role of protecting communities. I would like to pay particular thanks to them. This was a traumatic experience for them and I acknowledge that, as victims, they have waited a very long time for today's outcome.
"Today's conviction is the result of excellent joint working between the PSNI and West Mercia Police alongside the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, and we will now await the sentencing."
The first incident in 2013, when Connor threw a pipe bomb on Ligoniel Road, was described as a practice run.
Later, on May 28, she lured police to Crumlin Road before attacking them from an alleyway with two pipe bombs.
In the second hoax call Connor tearfully claimed her name was Gemma and she was the victim of domestic abuse.
Police attended the 999 call to a house on Crumlin Road, and as one officer was knocking the front door two pipe bombs were thrown from the alleyway. The first exploded close to an officer's foot. He ran but tripped on a kerb, after which the second device was thrown. Nobody was seriously injured in the attack.
A co-defendant, who had jointly faced five charges including attempted murder, possessing explosives and causing explosions with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, is now deceased.
During the trial the Crown said Connor had met Stuart Downes (31), from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury, on an online social media site and established a relationship while she was posing as a different person - a blonde Swedish model called Sanne Anderson.
When arrested Connor denied she knew Downes and rejected claims she communicated with him. She continued these denials during the trial. However, in his ruling Judge Fowler said there was overwhelming evidence to suggest otherwise.
Judge Fowler said that the month before the two explosions an "intense relationship" via SMS and Facebook messages developed between Connor and Downes as they researched information on pipe bombs.
Police believe he played a key part in the attacks by sourcing and purchasing the explosives and then shipping them to Connor in Belfast.
Described as a "pitiful, troubled and vulnerable young man", who Connor "attempted to indoctrinate with her views of Irish history", Downes was found hanged in woodland at Meole Brace park and ride in June 2016 while released on bail during the original investigation.
He had been reported missing after leaving his home in Ryton Close on June 18.
His family had believed he had gone to visit his girlfriend but he never returned home.
When a note was found the following day and Mr Downes had still not returned he was reported missing to police. His body was found on June 24.
At his inquest Shropshire coroner John Ellery said the possible outcome of the criminal proceedings had been weighing heavily on Mr Downes' mind.
Recording a conclusion of suicide, Mr Ellery said: "It is a material fact that he was on bail from the Crown Court in Northern Ireland in relation to several serious offences and he was likely to go on trial.
"If found guilty it was likely he would have been given a lengthy custodial sentence to serve in Northern Ireland.
"It is clear from that note that the outcome weighed heavily on his mind.
"He died between June 18 and 24 in woodland at the rear of Meole Brace park and ride.
"By his actions and stated intent, I record a conclusion of suicide."
During her arrest on May 29, 2013, police had searched Connor's home and found two laptops and a phone hidden in a mattress in a bedroom.
When these devices were examined a movie file was located which depicted a female walking in north Belfast and talking about police.
This video was described as a "practice run", and despite denials she had made the video, Judge Fowler ruled it was Connor in the film.
The same clip was also located on a mobile phone belonging to Downes.
The judge ruled that the laptops found in the mattress were linked to Connor, and that prior to the May 2013 explosions, online searches discovered included "how to make a bomb in your kitchen" and "where to buy fireworks in Belfast".
As well as drawing Downes into her plotting, Connor's deception also had repercussions on the other side of the Atlantic as she had enticed an American man, Zachary Gevelinger, via an online site.
Mr Gevelinger had been arrested and questioned by officers after he visited Connor while she was on remand in Hydebank Prison in July 2013.
Police found correspondence from him to Connor in her house, as well as cheques he had sent her. During his brief stay here he suffered a seizure and was rushed to hospital, before being allowed to return home to the USA.
Described as a vulnerable, socialist American student, Gevelinger (28) from Platteville, Wisconsin, was found dead in a hotel room in his home state in May 2017.
The FBI had searched Gevelinger's house and seized computer equipment which confirmed the link to Connor.
Connor had communicated with both Gevelinger and Downes via a 'United Struggle' Facebook page she had created for her one member organisation.
Neither of the deceased had previous connections to Northern Ireland or to terrorism here, but both had been duped by Connor, posing under a fake identity, to take part in her terrorist campaign.
At the time of Connor's original sentencing in 2017 Downes' sister Claire Watts said: "Two lives, two families destroyed - and for what?
"This woman preyed on those who she could manipulate."
Swedish model, fashion designer and blogger Sanne Andersson, now married to former New Jersey Devils ice-hockey star Jacob Josefson, also found herself unwittingly drawn into the plot, her image used by Connor to entrap the two men.
Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2017, she said: "It felt unreal and sick. I mean, violence in Belfast and me, that was just insane.
"The whole thing was really surreal.
"When they told me about bombs against police officers, it felt like the earth was falling from my feet.
"They explained that I was of course innocent, that a woman had used the pictures to attract men to her cult or whatever it was she was fronting. But I still felt very scared.
"I guess she must have googled 'Swedish blonde' or something and found me online.
"It is crazy how easy it is to fake an identity online these days.
"The first thing was that someone called me up and said that he was a British policeman.
"My reaction was to just hang up, saying that he must have the wrong number.
"I was later contacted by the Swedish Security Police on an unlisted number.
"They told me that my name had come up in some kind of violent attack in Belfast.
"My first reaction was that this is some kind of bizarre joke, I heard what they were saying, but could not really understand it
"This woman is exactly where she ought to be: locked up," added said Miss Andersson, who is getting married in the summer.
"That's where people like her should be.
"This was a very serious thing for me. I was so scared of what that woman could have used my pictures for.
"But I was, however, lucky, even though this has been a real ordeal. What if she had used my name as well. Perhaps I might have become a suspect then?
"It is also fortunate that we do not at all look anything alike. It would have been much worse if we did."