This is Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme. She attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975. Read her biography below, see photos, and watch videos of the account.

Lynette Squeaky Fromme

Squeaky Fromme

Update: Squeaky Fromme, who attempted to assassinate President Ford, has been released from a Texas prison after 34 years. Un-stinking-believable.


A strange young woman identified as Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, a longtime follower of cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson, attempted to kill President Gerald Ford on September 5, 1975. She is serving a life sentence for the crime of ‘attempting to murder the President of the United States.’

You can see Squeaky’s notorious gallery of pics from that day back in 1975 here.

Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme Biography

Lynette Alice ‘Squeaky’ Fromme was born on October 22, 1948 in Santa Monica, California so her age is 60. She is a former member of Charles Manson Cult ‘Family’ who was convicted of attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975. She is currently serving a life sentence in prison.

In 1963 when Squeaky was 15, her family moved from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach. Squeaky began drinking and taking drugs. Her grades in high school dropped, but she managed to graduate in 1966. She tried college but dropped out after only a few months, becoming homeless and living within the Southern California drug culture.

In 1967, Squeaky Fromme met Charles Manson, who had been recently released from federal prison at Terminal Island near Long Beach. Fromme found Manson’s philosophies and attitudes very appealing, and the two became friends and lovers, travelling together and with other young people. Squeaky took up residence with Manson and other drugged out hippies at the now infamous Spahn Ranch, in the desert near Death Valley.

After Manson and some of his followers were arrested for committing the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969, Fromme and the remaining ‘Manson family’ camped outside of the LA trial causing disturbances, declaring Manson and his girls innocent, and basically preaching the Manson philosophy to anyone who would listen. Squeaky Fromme was never charged with involvement in those 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.

Squeaky Fromme then moved to Stockton, California where she again got caught up in murder and mayhem when a couple she was living with, wound up dead. She was taken into custody as were other housemates, but released on lack of evidence.

While living in Sacramento for awhile with fellow Manson member, Sandra Good, Squeaky changed her name to ‘Red’ in honor of her hair and the California Redwoods.

On September 5, 1975, Squeaky Fromme went to Sacramento’s Capitol Park reportedly to plead with President Gerald Ford about the plight of the California redwoods. She was dressed in a nun-like red robe and armed with a .45 Colt automatic pistol, that she pointed at the President. The pistol’s magazine was loaded with four rounds, but none were in the firing chamber. She was immediately restrained by Secret Service agents, and while she was being further restrained and handcuffed, managed to say a few sentences to the on-scene cameras, emphasizing that the gun did not ‘go off’.

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 specified a maximum sentence of life in prison for attempted presidential assassinations. When U.S. Attorney Duane 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.

In 1979, Squeaky was transferred out of the women’s prison in Dublin, California, for attacking a fellow inmate with the claw end of a hammer. On December 23, 1987, she escaped from the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia (yes the same Pen that held Martha Stewart), with the intention to meet up with Charles Manson, who she had heard had testicular cancer. She was captured again two days later and is now serving time in Texas at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell. Though she has been eligible for parole since 1985, Squeaky Fromme has consistently waived her right to a hearing. Her projected release date is August 16, 2009.

By the way, seventeen days after Fromme’s assassination attempt, Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate Ford in San Francisco; as we know, she was also unsuccessful.

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