Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme is an American criminal best known as a member of the “Manson family.” She attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975. Take a look below for 30 more strange and bizarre facts about Lynette Fromme.
1. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for the attempt, but was released on parole on August 14, 2009, after serving nearly 34 years.
2. Fromme was born on October 22, 1948, in Santa Monica, California, to Helen, a homemaker, and William Millar Fromme, an aeronautical engineer and a graduate of New York University.
3. Growing up, she was a member of the Westchester Lariats, a beloved dance group in her locality. They toured the U.S. and Europe in the late 1950s, even making an appearance on The Lawrence Welk Show.
4. Her family relocated to Redondo Beach, California, in 1963 and Fromme soon became addicted to both drugs and alcohol.
5. She studied at Redondo Union High School, graduating in 1966.
6. Her father encouraged her to pursue higher education.
7. She enrolled at the El Camino Junior College in Torrance, California but eventually dropped out after a few months. Following this, she had an argument with her father, leading him to throw her out of his house.
8. Being homeless, Fromme went through severe bouts of depression in 1967.
9. She first met Manson during this period and become fascinated by his philosophies.
10. Travelling with Manson, she became part of his close circle, the infamous Manson Family. Besides her, there were several other young members, including Bruce Davis, Nancy Pitman, Catherine “Gypsy” Share, Sandra Good, Susan Atkins, Mary Brunner and Paul Watkins.
11. They moved into a Southern Californian property called Spahn Ranch. Its owner, George Spahn, began calling her “Squeaky,” after the sound she used to make whenever he touched her.
12. During Manson’s trial in 1969 for the murders of Tate and LaBianca, Fromme and the rest of the family members began to campaign outside the courtroom.
13. Following the examples of Manson and other accused members, she and the other carved X’s on their foreheads.
14. While she never faced any murder charges for this particular set of killings, she was sentenced to a short imprisonment for trying to stop witnesses from testifying against Manson and for contempt of the court.
15. After moving to Sacramento, California with Sandra Good, so that they could be near Manson, who was housed at Folsom Prison then, Fromme began working on an extensive book on the Manson Family.
16. In March, 1975, she reached out to Danny Goldberg, the vice president of the recording company that handled Led Zeppelin, during the group’s North America tour, telling him to warn the guitarist Jimmy Page of “bad energy.”
17. She stated that she had foreseen immediate danger in Page’s life and had come to warn him.
18. On the morning of September 5, 1975, Fromme went to Sacramento’s Capitol Park 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 caliber semiautomatic pistol.
19. When she pointed the gun at Ford, she was immediately restrained by Secret Service agent Larry Buendorf.
20. She managed to say a few sentences to the on-scene cameras while being handcuffed, emphasizing that the gun “didn’t go off.”
21. In 1980, Fromme told The Sacramento Bee that she had deliberately ejected the round from her weapon’s chamber before leaving home that morning, and investigators found the round on her bathroom floor.
22. Fromme refused to cooperate with her own defense during her trial, but she was finally 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.
23. 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.
24. She told the press that she, “came to get life. Not just my life but clean air, healthy water, and respect for creatures and creation.”
25. In 1979, Fromme was transferred out of Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, for attacking fellow inmate Julienne Busic with a hammer.
26. On December 23, 1987, she escaped from Federal Prison Camp Alderson in West Virginia, attempting to meet Manson, who had testicular cancer.
27. She was captured two days later and incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, in Fort Worth, Texas.
28. She continued to profess total allegiance to Manson. Vincent Bugliosi wrote in Helter Skelter that Fromme and Good were the only members of the Manson family who had not renounced Manson.
29. Fromme first became eligible for parole in 1985 and was entitled by federal law to a mandatory hearing after 30 years, but she could waive that hearing and apply for release at a later date.
30. She 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. She was granted parole in July, 2008, but was not released because of the extra time added to her sentence for the 1987 prison escape.