Lynette Squeaky Fromme
On November 26, 1975, a jury found Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme guilty of attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford on the previous September 5. The judge sentenced her to life in prison. Fromme was a follower of then jailed (now dead) Charles Manson, cult leader of the infamous Manson Family whose members had murdered Sharon Tate (8 months pregnant) and her friends: Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring at Roman Polanski's home in Los Angeles, California on August 9, 1969 as well as killing Leno and Rosemary LaBiana, wealthy Los Angeles residents, the following day.
Lynette Alice Fromme was born in Santa Monica, California on October 22, 1948. In 1967, often an outsider whose didn't fit into the traditional academic settings her parents wanted her to succeed in, she met Charles Manson in Venice, California. She joined his "family" and traveled with them.
Lynette Squeaky Fromme
Back in California, the family lived as caretakers on the Spahn Ranch. The 80-year-old George Spahn nicknamed Fromme "Squeaky" because of the sound she made when he would touch her. Fromme was not charged with involvement in the August 1969 murders. During the trial, Fromme and other family members "camped" outside the Los Angeles County courtroom where the Manson family trial occurred. After a jury convicted Manson, authorities moved him from prison to prison, Fromme moved from town to town to be near him.
In 1972, Fromme moved to Sacramento, CA and it was there on September 5, 1975 that she aimed a loaded pistol an President Gerald Ford in Sacramento. Fromme was concerned about the cutting of redwood trees in California and felt that her actions would bring attention to that concern. The gun didn’t go off, and Secret Service agents wrestled Fromme to the ground. On December 23, 1987, Fromme escaped from the Federal Prison Camp, Ain Alderson, West Virginia. She hoped to meet the still-imprisoned Manson whom she heard was ill. Authorities captured her two days later and sent her to the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.
She was released on August 14, 2009 at the age of 60, after serving 34 years. Under parole, Fromme moved to Marcy, NY to live with her boyfriend. Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara confirmed that, but officials would not release her exact address. With the death of Manson, the surviving members of his cult briefly became newsworthy again.
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