Barker Ranch

We are at Barker’s now, sneaked in at dusk. It feels good here all in one room, all in one circle. We’re dusty brown and smoothly tough, with cactus cut hands of lizard scale and sun. The feeling is animal, of wind and rough ground under our feet, and real. We can’t stay here at Barker’s. There’s too many of us. We are hunted. So tonight we dig.

Lynette Fromme, 1969

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Prisons

There’s some reason why I have to be here, and I can’t tell you what it is.  It’s like the Mysteries of the Universe; something that I don’t know yet.  And, to most logical people, that sounds crazy. And that’s my reputation!

Lynette Fromme, 2000

Photo: Lynette Fromme at FMC Carswell, 2000

At Carswell.

FMC Carswell, Fort Worth, TX—Click for Image (300KB; opens in a new window)
This is Lyn’s current home.

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Red and Blue lived here for several years. This is the prison from which Lyn escaped on Christmas Eve, 1987. She was recaptured two days later.

Red at Alderson—Click for Image (opens in a new window)

At Carswell.

 


 

Fromme Vilified Ford, Friends Say

From the Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1975:

Fromme Vilified Ford, Friends Say

By Robert B. Gunnison

SACRAMENTO (UPI)—Lynette Fromme watched President Ford on television the night before her assassination attempt and talked with two friends about Mr. Ford being “a dummy, an empty head”, her roomates said Friday.

Sandra Good, 31, a member of the Charles Manson “Family”, and Susan K. Murphy, 33, talked on the lawn outside their Victorian apartment after four hours of investigation by authorities.

 

Good, wearing a red hooded gown similar to the one worn by Fromme when she was arrested, said she was “shocked” by the incident and declared the “assassination of Ford won’t stop anything. We need whole new thoughts.”

In sometimes incoherent, rambling interviews, Good said the three women talked about pollution and other world problems after listeneing to Mr. Ford on television Thursday night and they remarked, “The people were like sheep looking up to this deadhead. A dead shell with dead thoughts.”

“I’d say she was attacking a lie,” Good said. “A lie that has people duped. Children have been taught to blindly accept…”

Asked if Fromme had acted on orders from Manson, the convicted mass murderer and cult leader, Good said: “No, orders didn’t come from him.”

“She apparently was just moved this morning,” Good said. “I don’t know what her state of mind is.”

“I guess she got tired of talking about it. That’s a lot of weight (the problems). She’s been carrying that weight.

“The big, big money people are allowing it to go on. Ford knows it and he’s not doing anything about it. We are beyond the point of anger. We have been trying to wake you people up for five years.”

Murphy, who wore a red scarf around her hair, said the color “signifies blood that is going to be sacrificed for the earth.”

“We are nuns,” she added.

Good said she did not know Fromme had a gun. She said she did not see her roomate Friday morning. “She got up before I did,” Good added.

Good said they corresponded daily with Manson, who is locked up at San Quentin, and were working on a court appeal. In the backseat of a car parked in front of the apartment and registered to Fromme were several books, including one entitled Questions and Answers About Criminal Law.

“Every law was broken to put Manson in prison,” Good said. “Nixon was freed. The world is falling apart.”

Murphy, who said she was “excited and scared” when she learned of the assassination attempt, said Fromme was “moved by the truth to do whatever she does.”

Asked if she was sorry Fromme didn’t shoot Mr. Ford, Good replied: “I’m only sorry if Lynette is sorry.”

Panel Receives Manson Letter

From the Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1975:

Panel Receives Manson Letter

SACRAMENTO (UPI)—Members of the Assembly Criminal Justice Committee recieved a rambling letter signed by cult leader Charles Manson 24 hours before one of his followers tried to kill President Ford.

The typed, three-page letter was dated Aug. 23 and carried a Tamil, Calif., return address. Tamil is the site of San Quentin Prison where Manson is serving a murder sentence.

 

The letter, addressed to “Criminal Justice Committee”, contained no direct threat against Mr. Ford.

Manson’s name contained no handwritten signature but was typed “C. Manson.”

“I’ve told you people over and over—I can release thoughts that will destroy you,” the letter said.

“The working people, I can understand,” it continued. “But you lawyers, drunk with the blood of dummies like me, are in trouble. You best be thinking on how to save your lives because the other justice is gonna catch up with you.

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From the Los Angeles Times, September 7, 1975:

No Manson Edict, Disciple Says

Roomate Says Fromme Acted on Own Volition

By Linda Deutsch

SACRAMENTO (AP)—Charles Manson did not order Lynette Fromme to try to kill President Ford, Miss Fromme’s roomate and fellow Manson disciple said Saturday.

“Squeaky acted totally of her own volition,” Sandra Good, 31, told reporters.

“Manson didn’t order her to do this. Squeaky is acting on the will of many people. I think she would have rather done it to someone killing the air; to some executive of big companies,” she said.

“The Presudent happened to be right out here available and lying and lying and lying. You can only take so much lying.”

“The people who are polluting the environment, who are killing the air and the water and the wildlife, the trees; if they don’t stop, they’re going to die,” Good said.

Fromme was grabbed by officers Friday as she pointed a loaded 45-caliber pistol at Mr. Ford, who was greeting a crowd near the state Capitol.

In a rambling conversation from her front porch, Good also warned of assassinations of officials of companies she said were polluting the earth.

“There’s a wave of assassins moving throughout the world,” she said.

Declining to identify who they were, she would say only, “Many people will be assassinated in the near future.”

She said they were officials of the Georgia-Pacific Co.; Dow Industries; DuPont; MCA, Inc., and other unnamed lumber and auto companies, but did not indicate how they may be marked for death.

Her comments on assassinations were similar to warnings she and other Manson followers have given for years.

Good called Fromme “a very giving person” and added: “I miss her. I miss her a lot. But if that’s what she wanted to do, I’m with her a lot. A whole lot of kids wanted it done. They wanted Nixon done.”

Good said she had not known of any plans to shoot Mr. Ford.

The reason for Fromme’s action, she indicated, was anger over air pollution and over the imprisonment of their leader, Manson.

“You better let Manson talk,” Good angrily told reporters. “Let him up or you’re going to die.”

“He should be able to have a new trial and the whole family should be together to put on a new defense.”

“Smile and smirk,” she told one male reporter, “but when the blood starts running out of your face you’ll pray for Jesus and you’ll realize you killed him.”

The “Manson Family” frequently referred to Manson as a Christ-like figure.

Manson, now serving a life sentence in San Quentin, was convicted in 1971 for the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

Good said FBI agents came in and “ransacked” her apartment Friday night and carried away carloads of material, including all of Manson’s prison letters to the women.

Officers said they questioned Good and another woman who lived at the apartment but released them without making a formal arrest.

Good said it was the first time she had been questioned by authorities since she came to Sacramento 2½ years ago.

She held onto one copy of a statement she and Fromme had sent to various acquaintances two weeks ago.

It was a statement from Manson threatening the future of the city of Los Angeles.

“The people who want to live will leave there and the world will stand back and see the fire and the madness grow until there is nothing left,” the statement said.

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From the Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1975:

“Squeaky” Has History of Trouble With Law

By Gene Blake
Times Legal Affairs Writer

Lynette Alice (Squeaky) Fromme, thwarted Friday in an assassination attempt on President Ford, was a familiar figure at the 1970 Los Angeles murder trial for her idol—Charles Manson.

She was one of several Manson “family” members who kept a vigil outside the Hall of Justice, vowing to wait until their “father” was released. Each carried a sheathed knife in plain view.

And their foreheads were scratched with an “X”, following the lead of Manson, who had appeared similarly branded in court. He explained he was “X-ing myself out of the world”.

It became a ritual for new disciples joining the group—even to tasting the blood as it ran down their faces.

Although unofficial family leader while the “father” was in jail, Fromme had not been charged in the seven Tate-LaBianca murders for which Manson and three of his other girls were convicted.

But she managed to get in plenty of other trouble with the law—a point raised Friday by Atty. Gen. Evelle J. Younger. Nevertheless, her name never came to the attention of the Secret Service.

“You and I know she has been a problem for law enforcement for a long time,” Younger said.

Asked how Friday’s incident could happen when law enforcement officers knew of Fromme’s proclivities and anti-Establishment behavior, Younger replied: “I don’t know—but I’m going to find out.”

Fromme, now 26, was among six Manson family members arrested during the 1970 murder trial on charges of loitering, endangering public safety and failing to identify themselves in connection with their sidewalk vigil.

After warnings or at most a few days in jail, they were back at their old stand at N. Broadway and Temple St. and police finally let them alone.

Later, Fromme was one of the five Manson followers indicted on charges of conspiring to prevent another family member from testifying against Manson. She pleaded “no contest” to reduced charges and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

The plot involved giving a witness, Barbara Hoyt, a hamburger laced with LSD in Honolulu.

Fromme also was arrested in connection with aiding the escape of a family member jailed for a robbery but that charge was dropped.

Still later, she was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to take the witness stand and answer questions without causing a disruption in another court proceeding.

She had been called as a defense witness in the penalty phase of Manson’s trial for the slayings of Gary Hinman and Donald (Shorty) Shea.

But her most serious trouble was yet to come. In 1972, Fromme was charged with murder, along with four companions, in the Stockton slaying of 19-year-old Lauren Chavelle Willett.

The victim’s body had been buried in a basement. The headless body of the victim’s husband, ex-Marine James Willett, 26, had been unearthed shortly before in Sonoma County.

But after spending nearly three months in jail as a suspect in the Stockton murder and a Granada Hills robbery, Fromme was cleared of both charges and freed.

While testifying in Manson’s behalf, Fromme said she was one of the first girls to join the family, only months after Manson was released from prison in 1967.

She had come from a well-to-do Santa Monica family. Her father was an aeronautical engineer. She attended El Camino College for a time but dropped out.

She testified that life with Manson was an existence without rules, a timeless game of make-believe and love.

“Charlie is in love with love and I’m in love with love and so we are in love with each other,” she explained.

Telling of life with the Manson family on the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth and in Death Valley, Fromme said: “When you don’t have any philosophy you don’t have any rules. You might call that an Alice in Wonderland world but it makes sense. You get what you put out.”

Red-haired and freckled, Fromme was plain looking with a tiny voice from which the “Squeaky” nickname derived. She indicated this played a part in her unhappy life at home.

But her new life began one day when she was sitting in the street crying and Manson offered to take her with him, she recalled.

“A man walked up and said, ‘Your father kicked you out today,’ and that was Charlie,” she said. “No one had ever treated me like that before, not pushed me around, so I just picked up all my things and went.”

But why, of all people, someone like Manson?

“A dog goes to somebody who loves it and takes care of it,” she explained.