Lynette Fromme
Attempted assassination of US Pesident Gerald Ford
Lynette Fromme
Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme is an American member of the Manson Family. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempting to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975. After serving 34 years in custody, she was released from prison on August 14, 2009.
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Manson, sang mêlé - Libération (Abonnement)
Google News - over 5 years
Mary Brunner, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, Charles Watson, Susan Atkins, Lynette Fromme, Bobby Beausoleil… Il est probable que ces noms, aujourd'hui, n'évoquent plus grand-chose à quiconque. Il ya un peu plus de quarante ans,
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Even Charles Manson is Concerned About Climate Change - Tiny Green Bubble
Google News - almost 6 years
Note that Manson has founded the ATWA (which stands for both Air Trees Water Animals and All The Way Alive) along with Lynette Fromme, the woman who tried to assassinate Gerald Ford, claiming she did it “for the redwoods.” The group's mission warns of
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One of Ford's Would-Be Assassins Is Paroled
NYTimes - about 9 years
Sara Jane Moore, a 1970s radical who tried to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford more than 30 years ago, was released Monday on parole from a federal prison in Northern California. Ms. Moore, 77, who was serving a life sentence for trying to shoot Mr. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel in 1975, left the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin,
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President Gerald R. Ford, Who Led U.S. Out of Watergate Era, Dies at 93
NYTimes - about 10 years
Former President Gerald R. Ford, who gently led the United States out of the tumultuous Watergate era but lost his own bid for election after pardoning former President Richard M. Nixon, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 93, making him the oldest former president, surpassing Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004, by
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Martha Stewart Assigned to Prison in West Virginia
NYTimes - over 12 years
She wanted Connecticut. She would have settled for Florida. But yesterday, Martha Stewart drew the short straw. She was assigned to serve her sentence at a federal women's prison in Alderson, W.Va., the very facility she had hoped would not be chosen. The minimum-security prison, which is set in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, has
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THEATER/THE TONY AWARDS; Letters From Squeaky
NYTimes - almost 13 years
INTERPRETATIONS vary as to whether Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme (rhymes with homey) intended to kill President Gerald Ford when she aimed her gun at him on Sept. 5, 1975, in Sacramento; the chamber of the .45 Colt was empty. But her larger motivation was clear. Ms. Fromme has said -- and in his libretto for ''Assassins,'' the musical he wrote with
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PUBLIC LIVES; The Story the Interviewer Never Wanted
NYTimes - over 16 years
JUST after Kenneth Kimes, convicted murderer and confirmed mama's boy, put Court TV's Maria J. Zone in a stranglehold and jammed a black Paper Mate pen against her carotid artery during a Tuesday afternoon prison interview, he told the sobbing ''Crime Stories'' producer that she should realize he was doing her career an enormous favor by taking her
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TESTING OF A PRESIDENT: UNDER OATH; Testimony by Both Clintons and Previous Presidents
NYTimes - over 18 years
Following is a list of the times when President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as previous Presidents in the last two decades, have provided testimony. President Clinton is the first President to testify in a criminal investigation of his own conduct, but other Presidents have testified in criminal matters. Testimony by the Clintons
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Heart of Unabom Trial Is Tale of Two Brothers
NYTimes - about 19 years
In the courtroom here where Theodore J. Kaczynski is on trial for his life, Monday morning is expected to bring a singular image of brother facing brother. The morning is the scheduled start of the trial of Mr. Kaczynski, 55, the man prosecutors say should be executed as the Unabomber, the anti-technology crusader who for years eluded one of the
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Clinton Denies Any LinksTo Whitewater Case Loan
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Testifying in defense of his former partners in the Whitewater land venture, President Clinton repeatedly denied in videotaped testimony played today that he once asked an Arkansas businessman to give the partners an improper loan. In testimony taken 11 days ago at the White House and played in a courtroom here, the President offered his most
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Clinton Is Ordered to Testify In Ex-Partners' Fraud Trial
NYTimes - about 21 years
A Federal judge ordered President Clinton today to testify next month as a defense witness in the bank fraud and conspiracy trial of his former Whitewater business partners. Ruling on a request by Susan McDougal, a former partner of the President and Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Whitewater land venture, Judge George Howard Jr. of Federal District
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REAGAN REJECTS POINDEXTER PLEA TO YIELD DIARIES
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: Former President Ronald Reagan refused today to turn over excerpts of his private diaries to John M. Poindexter, heightening the prospect of a constitutional confrontation before the start of the former national security adviser's Iran-contra trial. Former President Ronald Reagan refused today to turn over excerpts of his private diaries to
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Bridport Journal; A Ghost Of Manson Reappears In the East
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: From her bedroom window, Blue Collins can look across Lake Champlain to see the white cloud rising from the International Paper Company mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y. From her bedroom window, Blue Collins can look across Lake Champlain to see the white cloud rising from the International Paper Company mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y. It is a sight that
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JUDGE WON'T ORDER REAGAN TESTIMONY
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: The judge in the trial of Oliver L. North today emphatically rejected an attempt to force Ronald Reagan to appear as a witness, declaring that no written evidence had yet been found to suggest that Mr. Reagan authorized the illegal acts Mr. North is accused of committing. The judge in the trial of Oliver L. North today emphatically rejected
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Prisoner Charges Poor Conditions Are U.S. 'Psychiatric Experiment'
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: One of seven women held in a special security unit of a Federal prison in Kentucky charged in court here today that conditions were deliberately made inhumane as part of a ''psychiatric experiment'' to control prisoners. Several of the prisoners in the unit have been linked by the authorities to terrorist groups. One of seven women held in a
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INSIDE
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: Sanctions by U.S. Sanctions by U.S. The end to tax credits for companies doing business in South Africa drew an angry reaction from officials and business leaders there. Page D1. The Administration has withdrawn Chile's privileges to sell certain products duty free, saying workers' rights have been violated. Page D1. Hunt for 'Squeaky' Fromme
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REQUEST FOR HINCKLEY LEAVE WITHDRAWN
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: The Federal mental hospital where John W. Hinckley Jr. is a patient today withdrew its recommendation that he be permitted an unescorted visit to his family for Easter. The hospital said it needed to assess the ''clinical significance'' of Mr. Hinckley's correspondence and other materials that it had not examined before. The Federal mental
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HINCKLEY AND PREDECESORS
NYTimes - over 34 years
AMERICAN ASSASSINS The Darker Side of Politics. By James W. Clarke. 321 pp. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. $18.50. JAMES W. CLARKE, a professor of political science at the University of Arizona, finished writing this book just before John W. Hinckley Jr. shot President Reagan in March 1981, and he was able to incorporate some material
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lynette Fromme
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 62
    On the episode of 30 Rock entitled "Mrs. Donaghy," which first aired in January 2011, character Dr. Leo Spaceman (portrayed by Chris Parnell) states that he is dating Fromme and that she is "difficult."
    More Details Hide Details In the season 5 episode of The Office 'Lecture Circuit', Creed Bratton's character alludes to having had an affair with 'Squeaky Fromme'. In the uncut edition of The Frighteners (1996), disturbed FBI Agent Milton Dammers (portrayed by Jeffrey Combs) claims to have been Fromme's "sex slave" while undercover with the Manson Family in 1969.
  • 2009
    Age 60
    Fromme was released on parole from Federal Medical Center, Carswell on August 14, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She then moved to Marcy, New York. Lynette Fromme's story is one of nine told in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins. She appears in a duet with John Hinckley, "Unworthy of Your Love". She was portrayed by Laraine Newman in a series of sketches on NBC's Saturday Night Live in the 1970s.
    A member of the infamous "Manson family", she was sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination attempt and released on parole on August 14, 2009, after serving 34 years.
    More Details Hide Details Fromme was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Helen (née Benzinger), a homemaker, and William Millar Fromme, an aeronautical engineer. As a child, Fromme was a performer for a popular local dance group called the Westchester Lariats, which in the late 1950s began touring the United States and Europe appearing on The Lawrence Welk Show and at the White House.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    Fromme was granted parole in July 2008, but was not released because of the extra time added to her sentence for the 1987 prison escape.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 45
    Over the years, she continued to profess total allegiance to Manson. In the 1994 updated version of his book on the Manson murders, Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi wrote that Fromme and Good were the only members of the Family who had not renounced Manson: She once told an Associated Press reporter, "The curtain is going to come down on all of us, and if we don't turn everything over to Charlie immediately, it will be too late."
    More Details Hide Details Fromme first became eligible for parole in 1985, and was entitled by federal law to a mandatory hearing after 30 years, but could waive that hearing and apply for release at a later date. Fromme steadfastly waived her right to request a hearing and was required by federal law to complete a parole application before one could be considered and granted.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 38
    On December 23, 1987, she escaped from the Federal Prison Camp, Alderson in Alderson, West Virginia, attempting to meet Manson, who she had heard had testicular cancer.
    More Details Hide Details She was captured again two days later and incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 1979
    Age 30
    In 1979, Fromme was transferred out of Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin in Dublin, California, for attacking a fellow inmate, Julienne Bušić, with the claw-end of a hammer.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 26
    The photograph of her 1975 arrest, showing Fromme sitting in a Sacramento City Police vehicle as she waited to be brought to jail, remains in frequent usage.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980, Fromme told The Sacramento Bee that she had deliberately ejected the cartridge in her weapon's chamber before leaving home that morning.
    On the morning of September 5, 1975, Fromme went to Sacramento's Capitol Park (reportedly to plead with President Gerald Ford about the plight of the California redwoods) dressed in a red robe and armed with a Colt M1911 .45 semi-automatic pistol that she pointed at Ford.
    More Details Hide Details The pistol's magazine was loaded with four rounds, but there was no cartridge in the chamber. She was immediately restrained by Larry Buendorf, a Secret Service agent. While being further restrained and handcuffed, Fromme managed to say a few sentences to the on-scene cameras, emphasizing that the gun "didn't go off".
    In March 1975, during Led Zeppelin's 1975 North American concert tour, Fromme spoke with Danny Goldberg, the vice president of the band's record company at the hotel at which the band was staying in L.A. She asked to meet with guitarist Jimmy Page to warn him of "bad energy."
    More Details Hide Details Fromme claimed to have foreseen the future and wished to forewarn Page of the imminent danger. Goldberg stated that even he couldn't see Page until the following night, to which Fromme responded "tomorrow night will probably be too late." After a long discussion, Goldberg agreed to deliver a message to Page if she were to commit it to writing. Allegedly, the note was burned.
  • 1972
    Age 23
    Fromme stated that she took a bus from Los Angeles to Stockton on Friday, November 10, 1972, to visit Goucher, whom she described as "a brother".
    More Details Hide Details She called Pitman, she said, and spent Friday night at the Flora Street house. When she left the jail after visiting Goucher Saturday, she called the house "to ask someone to pick me up". Stockton Police traced the call and arrested her at a phone booth. After leaving Stockton, Fromme moved into a Sacramento apartment with fellow Manson family member Sandra Good. The two wore robes on occasion and changed their names to symbolize their devotion to Manson's new religion, Fromme becoming "Red" in honor of her red hair and the redwoods, and Good, "Blue", for her blue eyes and the ocean; both nicknames were originally given to them by Manson.
    The Sonoma County coroner's office concluded that James Willett was killed sometime in September 1972 although his body was not found until the beginning of November 1972.
    More Details Hide Details He had been buried near Guerneville, Sonoma County. On the night of Saturday November 11, 1972, the Stockton Police responded to information that a station wagon owned by the Willetts was in the area. It was discovered parked in front of 720 W. Flora Street. "Police Sgt. Richard Whiteman went to the house and, when he was refused entry, forced his way in. All the persons subsequently arrested were in the house except for Fromme. She telephoned the house while police were there, asking to be picked up, and officers obliged, taking her into custody nearby. Police found a quantity of guns and ammunition in the house along with amounts of marijuana, and noticed freshly dug earth beneath the building." The Stockton Police obtained a warrant and exhumed the body of Lauren Willett around 5 a.m. the following day. Cooper told investigators that Lauren had been shot accidentally and had been buried when they realized she was dead. Cooper contended that Monfort was "demonstrating the dangers of firearms, playing a form of Russian roulette with a .38 caliber pistol" and had first spun the gun cylinder and shot at his own head, and when the gun did not fire, pointed it at the victim, whereupon it fired. The Stockton Police indicated that Lauren Willett "was with the others of her own volition prior to the shooting, and was not being held prisoner."
  • 1969
    Age 20
    After Manson and some of his followers were arrested for the Tate/La Bianca murders in 1969, Fromme and the remaining "Manson family" camped outside of the trial.
    More Details Hide Details When Manson and his fellow defendants, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, and Atkins carved Xs into their foreheads, so did Fromme and her compatriots. They proclaimed Manson's innocence and preached his apocalyptic philosophy to the news media and to anyone else who would listen. She was never charged with involvement in the murders, but was convicted of attempting to prevent Manson's imprisoned followers from testifying, as well as contempt of court when she herself refused to testify. She was given short jail sentences for both offenses. Fromme, with Sandra Good, moved into a dilapidated attic apartment in downtown Sacramento, California; they wanted to be near Manson, who at the time had been moved to Folsom prison. Around 1973, Fromme started work on an extensive 600-page book about The Family, including intricate drawings and photos; other Family members had contributed to it as well. Fromme sent it to every publisher she knew, but after discussing the matter with Steve Grogan (AKA Clem Grogan), she decided the project was too incriminating, and it was dropped. It is not known what ultimately happened to the book.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 18
    In 1967, Fromme went to Venice Beach, suffering from depression.
    More Details Hide Details Charles Manson, who had been recently released from federal prison at Terminal Island, between San Pedro and Long Beach, saw her and struck up a conversation. Fromme found Manson's philosophies and attitudes appealing, and the two became friends, traveling together and with other young people including Mary Brunner and Susan Atkins. She lived in Southern California at Spahn Ranch, and in the desert near Death Valley. George Spahn gave her the nickname "Squeaky", because of the sound she made when he touched her.
  • 1966
    Age 17
    Her grades at Redondo Union High School dropped, but she managed to graduate in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details She moved out of her parents' house for a few months before her father convinced her to consider El Camino Junior College. Her attendance there lasted only about two months before an argument with her father rendered her homeless.
  • 1965
    Age 16
    After a lengthy trial in which she refused to cooperate with her own defense, she was convicted of the attempted assassination of the president and received a life sentence under a 1965 law which made attempted presidential assassinations a federal crime punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
    More Details Hide Details When U.S. Attorney Dwayne Keyes recommended severe punishment because she was "full of hate and violence," Fromme threw an apple at him, hitting him in the face and knocking off his glasses. "I stood up and waved a gun (at Ford) for a reason", said Fromme. "I was so relieved not to have to shoot it, but, in truth, I came to get life. Not just my life but clean air, healthy water and respect for creatures and creation."
  • 1963
    Age 14
    In 1963, the family moved to Redondo Beach, California, and Fromme began drinking and taking drugs.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Age 10
    Fromme was in the 1959 tour.
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  • 1948
    Born
    Born on October 22, 1948.
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