Charles Manson follower, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford in 1975 will be released from prison. Read more and see the video of the attempted assassination below.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is about to be freed from prison after being jailed for over 30 years. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fromme, now 60, is set to be released on parole August 16.
Fromme is currently at the Federal Medical Center at Carswell, Texas.
Squeaky Froome was one of Manson’s few remaining followers, and it is not known if she still continues to correspond with Charles Manson.
Fromme was convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California. Secret Service agents prevented her from firing, but the gun was later found to have no bullet in the chamber, although it contained a clip of ammunition.
In 1975, Squeaky Fromme was concerned about the redwood trees and wanted to talk to President Ford. She had stated.. “and I said, ‘I gotta go and talk to him,’ and then I thought, ‘That’s foolish. He’s not going to stop and talk to you.’ People have already shown you can lay blood in front of them and they’re not, you know, they don’t think anything of it. I said, ‘Maybe I’ll take the gun,’ and I thought, ‘I have to do this. This is the time.’ “
Fromme said she never even considered she would go to prison and has no regrets. “No. No, I don’t. I feel it was fate.” However, she said she thought that her incarceration was “unnecessary” and that she couldn’t see herself repeating her offense.
“My argument to the jury was, if she wanted to kill him, she would have shot him,” John Virga, a Sacramento attorney appointed to defend Fromme, told CNN on Tuesday. “She’d been around guns. And let’s be realistic: We know the Manson family, at least some of them, are killers.”
Fromme became eligible for parole in 1985, Ponce said. According to reports, she for years waived her right to a parole hearing. The Bureau of Prisons would not say whether she changed her mind and requested a hearing, but the U.S. Parole Commission’s Web site says that everyone who wishes to be considered for parole, except those committed under juvenile delinquency procedures, must complete a parole application.
Fromme was not granted parole until July 2008, Ponce said. She was not released then, however, because of extra time added to her sentence for a 1987 escape from the West Virginia prison. She was found two days later, only a few miles from the prison. At the time, prison officials said they were looking into rumors that Fromme escaped after hearing Manson was ill, according to news reports.
Fromme reportedly joined Manson’s family after meeting him in California in 1967. She was not involved in the murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, on August 9 and 10, 1969, that landed Manson and other followers in prison.
In the WCHS interview, Fromme said that Manson should not be incarcerated because “he didn’t kill anybody. … I would rather be in, because I know I laid a lot of my thinking in his mind.”
Fromme wanted to be heard on issues including the environment, he said. “She had certain causes that she wanted to talk about. But first and foremost in her mind was always Manson.”
Explaining herself after the attempt, according to the book “Real Life at the White House,” Fromme said, “Well, you know, when people treat you like a child and pay no attention to the things you say, you have to do something.”
During her trial, Virga traveled to Washington to depose Ford, who testified on videotape about the incident.
In the 1978 interview, Fromme called Manson “a once-in-a-lifetime soul. … He’s got more heart and spirit than anyone I’ve ever met.” She said she still corresponded with him. “He’s got everything he wants coming from me, ’cause he gave me everything.”
She said then she didn’t plan to seek a parole hearing: “The parole board does not hold my life in its hands. And I don’t want to be too critical, but men tend to think they do. Charlie never thought he did. He never expressed all this desire for power, this desire for acceptance.”
Gerald Ford died in 2006 at age 93.
Squeaky Fromme pointing gun at President Gerald Ford:
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