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

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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Media Watch (Still a work in progress.)

Normal version—No summaries.

1975:

Manson Girl Tries to Shoot President:
The LA Times, September 5, 1975

Front page story from the evening paper hours after the incident.

‘Squeaky’ Picked a Spot—and Then Just Waited:
The LA Times, September 6, 1975

The George Skelton account discussed in Bravin’s Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme.

Fromme Vilified Ford, Friends Say:
The LA Times, September 6, 1975

Sandra Good and Susan Murphy talk to reporters on the lawn at 1725 P Street; includes photo.

“Squeaky” Has History of Trouble with Law:
The LA Times, September 6, 1975

Some background on the “Family”; comments on the Willetts. A few quotes from Lyn.

Manson “Family”—It’s Scattered and in Prison:
The LA Times, September 6, 1975

Background on the Los Angeles murders; some where-are-they-now stuff.

Panel Receives Manson Letter:
The LA Times, September 6, 1975

Lawmakers received an unrelated letter from Manson two weeks before the Ford incident.

‘Your life on the line’—Reporter recounts Fromme’s threat:
The Chicago Tribune, September 6, 1975

Fromme had contacted journalist with a message from Manson.

No Manson Edict, Disciple Says:
The LA Times, September 7, 1975

Sandy Good says Fromme acted on her own.

Fromme First Woman to Try to Kill a President:
The Washington Post, September 7, 1975

Seven paragraphs restating the headline.

Had No Time to React in Gun Incident, Ford Says:
The LA Times, September 8, 1975

Jerry and Betty talk to reporters; includes photo.

FBI Gets No Specific Answers From Manson:
The LA Times, September 8, 1975

FBI questioning of Manson; Fromme update.

‘Treat You Like a Child’:
The New York Times, September 8, 1975

Lynette Fromme expresses dissatisfaction with not having been taken seriously in the past.

Fromme’s “Sugar Daddy”:
The LA Times, September 9, 1975

Harold Boro background; history of the gun. Includes photo.

Fromme Called, Talked of Violence, L.A. Judge Says:
The LA Times, September 10, 1975

Judge Choate threats; Boro described by various sources; comments by prison officials on correspondence between Manson and Fromme.

Grand Jury Indicts Fromme:
The LA Times, September 11, 1975

Grand jury indicts for attempt to assassinate.

The Girl Who Almost Killed Ford:
Time, September 15, 1975

Time magazine cover story on the incident; includes photo.

Ford’s Brush With Death:
Newsweek, September 15, 1975

Newsweek magazine cover story on the incident.

Squeaky Gets Offer to Publish Her Book:
The Chicago Tribune, September 20, 1975

Offered $1,000 for manuscript, but does not accept; some bail updates.

Leaves From a Family Album:
Newsweek, September 22, 1975

Updates on Kasabian, Kitty, and Cappy.

The Significance of Squeaky Fromme:
The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 1975

Claire Booth Luce on Lynette Fromme.

Letters to the Editor:
Time, October 6, 1975

In reaction to cover story; includes letter from Roman Polanski.

Manson Film Barred Due to Miss Fromme’s Trial:
The New York Times, October 17, 1975

Private screening held by the Court.

My Trip With Squeaky: Just One of Charlie’s Girls by Paul Krassner; from Rolling Stone, October 23, 1975

Extensive Krassner piece recounting his dealings with Fromme and other “Manson women”. Don’t miss the Bugliosi quote toward the end.

Squeaky’s ‘I Hate Ford’ Remark Told at Her Trial:
The Chicago Tribune, November 12, 1975

Includes photo of Manson’s Scientology auditor.

‘Without Manson, I’m Dead,’ Squeaky Cries:
The Chicago Tribune, November 12, 1975

Some trial coverage, with notes on Boro testimony.

Fromme Judge Told Weird Plot:
The Chicago Tribune, November 13, 1975

Possible plan to have an industrialist assassinated.

TRIALS: Squeaky and Jerry:
Newsweek, November 24, 1975

Account of trial proceedings.

TRIALS: Judgment on Squeaky:
Newsweek, December 8, 1975

Conviction story.

Fromme Friends Seek to be Freed:
The New York Times, December 24, 1975

Sandy and Heather seek to be freed without bail and allowed to act as their own attorneys.

 

1976-1979:

Good Declares Prison Wish:
The Dallas Morning News, March 3, 1976

Refuses to present a defense at trial; Fromme, wearing a black robe, refuses to testify.

Lynette Fromme Carried Screaming From Court:
The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 1976

Sandy and Heather’s conspiracy trial.

2 Manson Followers Convicted of Plot:
The New York Times, March 17, 1976

Sandy and Heather convicted; Sandy burns $100 bill in front of jury. Includes photo.

Member of Manson Family Escapes From Coast Prison:
The New York Times, August 16, 1976

Heather escapes from Terminal Island.

Squeaky and Sara Jane:
Newsweek, November 8, 1976

Lynette Fromme and Sara Jane Moore adjust to prison life.

Wire Report: The Associated Press, November 17, 1978

James T. Craig and Edward Barabas murders; Pricilla Cooper; Fromme’s comments on both.

One Man’s Family:
Newsweek, January 23, 1978

Updates on Kasabian, Van Houten, Krenwinkel, Atkins, Watson, Fromme, and Good.

Wire Report: The Associated Press, March 13, 1979

Fromme’s assault on Julienne Busic.

Fromme Faces New Charges:
The Washington Post, March 14, 1979

Shorter article on the Busic incident.

 

1980-1986:

Manson Family Member to be Freed Over Her Protests:
LA Times, March 1, 1985

Sandra Good describes her impending release as “really stupid”.

Manson Family Women Find New Kin in Prison:
The Record (New Jersey), March 18, 1985

Good prefers life in prison; ATWA comments.

Sandra Good Won’t Quit Jail for N.J. Facility:
The Philadelphia Daily News, March 29, 1985

Rejects mandatory release date.

Manson Follower Rejects Parole Terms:
The Lexington Herald-Leader, March 30, 1985

Refuses to leave due to bar on communicating with Manson.

“Squeaky” Still Says She Didn’t Intend to Kill Ford:
The Sacramento Bee, September 5, 1985

Comments from Fromme, Virga, and MacBride.

“Squeaky” Ignores Parole Hearing:
The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 5, 1985

Will have the option every two months.

Two Who Stalked Ford: 10 Years After:
Newsweek, September 9, 1985

Fromme and Moore updates.

Manson Follower Good Paroled:
The Sacramento Bee, December 3, 1985

Agrees not to contact Manson for five years.

Manson Follower Moves in, and City Gets the Jitters:
The Detroit Free Press, December 12, 1985

Sandra Good arrives in Burlington, Vermont.

Vt. Town Fears Move there by Manson Cultist:
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 23, 1986

Blue moves to St George, Vermont.

Judges, DAs Fear Revenge From Convicts:
Daily News of Los Angeles, November 23, 1986

Lynette Fromme describes Judge MacBride’s living room to him.

 

1987:

Ford Recalling Assassination Try is Hot Video:
The Sacramento Bee, April 8, 1987

Previously sealed tape of Ford’s testimony released.

Presidential Assailant Fromme Apparently Escapes From Prison:
The Lexington Herald-Leader, December 24, 1987

Fromme turns up missing.

Transcript:  Lynette Fromme Escapes from Prison: ABC World News Tonight, December 24, 1987

Fromme, Warden Ron Buckhart, and Vincent Bugliosi.

Did She Act on Impulse or Purpose?:
The Sacramento Bee, December 25, 1987

Insightful article musing on the motivation behind Lyn’s escape.

Nationwide Alert is Issued:
The Lexington Herald-Leader, December 25, 1987

The hunt for Fromme.

Policia Busca a Mujer Que Atento Contra Gerald Ford:
El Nuevo Herald (Miami), December 25, 1987

Report on the escape and search, in Spanish.

Vuelta a Capturar Atacante de Ford:
El Nuevo Herald (Miami), December 26, 1987

Longer article with some biographical information, in Spanish.

Fromme Captured Outside Prison:
The Lexington Herald-Leader, December 26, 1987

Recapture story. Steven Kay quoted.

FROMME RECAPTURED: The Russian Information Agency ITAR-TASS, December 26, 1987

Soviet press release on the recapture, in English (oddly, entirely in capitals).

Prison Officials Try to Find Out Reason for Fromme’s Escape:
The Lexington Herald-Leader, December 27, 1987

Staff members muse on the situation.

Manson Rumor Is Checked In Fromme’s Prison Escape:
The New York Times, December 27, 1987

No conclusions are reached.

For Fromme, 20 Years Revering Manson:
The Record (New Jersey), December 27, 1987

Biographical sketch with Grogan update and Fromme quotes.

Feds Thought Fromme Wouldn’t Escape:
The Philadelphia Daily News, December 28, 1987

Admit that she was not institutionalized.

Fromme to Face Grand Jury Probe:
The Boston Globe, December 29, 1987

Formal investigation of escape begins.

 

1988-2000:

Squeaky’s Christmas Hike:
Time, January 4, 1988

Brief report on the escape.

“Squeaky” Found Guilty of December Jail Break:
The Philadelphia Daily News, March 15, 1988

Conviction story. Fromme’s testimony quoted.

“Squeaky” Fromme Transferred to Lexington:
The Lexington Herald-Leader, June 5, 1988

Higher security demanded.

“Squeaky” Fromme, 4 Others Moved With Closing of FCI High-Security Unit:
The Lexington Herald-Leader, August 25, 1988

Security level of Lexington facility changes.

Inside Information:
The Orlando Sentinel, August 25, 1988

Fromme “less than enchanted” with her new home.

Fromme Says We’re All Mass Murderers:
The Orlando Sentinel, February 27, 1989

Interview regarding ecology, Ford, and Marianna.

Fromme Says She Didn’t Really Want to Kill Ford:
The St. Petersburg Times, February 28, 1989

More comments on the interview cited above.

Mansonite Goes Public to Aid Lake:
The Philadelphia Daily News, November 24, 1989

Sandra Good moves, drops alias to draw attention to the plight of Lake Champlain.

A Ghost of Manson Reappears In the East:
The New York Times, December 5, 1989

Sandy in Vermont.

Hendrickson Alleges Geraldo Rivera Violated Injunction:
The Entertainment Litigation Reporter, July 22, 1991

Manson director Robert Hendrickson takes Geraldo to court over footage of Lynette Fromme.

Transcript:  Red and Blue interview, circa 1993.

Mostly about Manson.

Twenty-Five Years Later, She’s Still Loyal to Him:
The Fresno Bee, August 7, 1994

Lengthy Sandra Good update.

Transcript:   Unused material from Dianne Sawyer’s 1994 Turning Point interview with Lyn.

Comments on Manson, the murders, the media, and Manson’s conviction.

Manson’s Loyal Disciple:
The Tampa Tribune, December 5, 1997

Extensive review of Jess Bravin’s Squeaky: the Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme, with Fromme’s comments on the book.

Federal Judge Thomas J. MacBride Dies:
The Sacramento Bee, January 7, 2000

Obituary for the judge who presided over Lyn’s trial, with photo.

“Squeaky” Ignores Parole Hearing

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, September 5, 1985:

“Squeaky” Ignores Parole Hearing

Ann Kolson, Inquirer Staff Writer
(The Associated Press, Reuters and United Press International
contributed to this report.)

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, serving a life sentence for attempting to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford in 1975, chose not to appear before a parole commission yesterday. The follower of Charles Manson is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution for Women in Charleston, W. Va., where a prison spokesman describes her as “pleasant and cooperative.” Under federal statutes, Fromme is allowed to apply for parole after serving 10 years of her term. Although she turned down this chance, Fromme will have the option of appearing before the commission every two months. “She has not given us any reason for not having this hearing,” spokesman David Helman said. “I don’t know what her thinking is, but it’s not uncommon. Some inmates don’t think they have much of a likelihood of gaining parole anyway.”

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From Newsweek, November 8, 1976:
Squeaky and Sara Jane

EILEEN KEERDOJA with bureau reports

On Sept. 5, 1975, one of cult murderer Charles Manson’s female disciples aimed a .45-caliber pistol at President Ford outside the Statehouse in Sacramento, Calif., and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, though there were four bullets in the clip, the firing chamber was empty. Secret Service men pounced on Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme. But barely two weeks later, on another Presidential visits to California, another woman—a quasi-radical bookkeeper who had once served as an FBI informant—also waited in ambush with a concealed handgun. As Ford strode from a San Francisco hotel to his waiting limousine, Sara Jane Moore fired a single wild shot before being disarmed and seized.

Within four months, both Fromme and Moore had been tried, convicted and sentenced to life terms for their assassination attempts. The following reports are based on interviews with prison officials and caseworkers; Sara Jane Moore was interviewed in prison by Janet Huck, but Lynette Fromme declined NEWSWEEK’s request for an interview. Squeaky Fromme, who recently turned 28, has been serving her sentence at the San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center, a modern Federal prison overlooking San Diego Bay.The lobby is decorated with plants and colorful graphics, and only a walk-through metal detector reminds visitors that this is the entrance to a prison and not some handsomely furnished office building. Prisoner Fromme occupies an uncarpeted 8-foot by 12-foot cell with a barless but escape-proof window – a floor-to-ceiling slit 5 inches wide. Along with her fellow inmates, she wears a pants outfit with a choice of bouses – one which is a Bicentennial print adorned with Liberty Bells, Revolutionary War soldiers and fife-and-drum bandsmen.

Mall Threats: In her job as a prison orderly, Fromme scrubs and waxes floors and dusts cells seven hours a day, earning 50 cents an hour. She spends a good deal of her free time writing long letters – as many as ten a day, all in longhand. All her mail is screened by prison censors because – as the prison authorities discovered by way of phone calls from the FBI and worried recipients of Squeaky’s letters – she is in the habit of writing threats to executives of the Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations that, in her view, are not doing enough to curb pollution. Ecology is her favorite cause, but only one of several issues that Fromme reads about intently in newspapers and magazines. Says Jack Shuk, one of her caseworkers: “She is provoked by what she reads, but doesn’t really appear to have any indept knowledge of the subjects.” One of her protests, however, came from an insiders’s viewpoint: after the movie “Helter Skelter” was shown at the prison last April, Fromme called the local newspapers – collect – to complain about its depiction of Manson.

Unlike Squeaky Fromme, who is described by another inmate as withdrawn and something of a loner, Sara Jane Moore has established herself as a joiner and activist in confinement. As a highrisk prisoner at the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution in Los Angeles, she is not housed in the main women’s compound but in a 5-foot by 8-foot cell in a separate dormitory used chiefly to house incoming prisoners. At first, she told interviewer Huck, “all we could do was stay inside that hole or go outside during the day and sit on a bench next to the building.” in March, Moore staged a one-woman strike, refusing to perform her assigned chores and posting a manifesto on her cell-block wall. Prison officials gave in to the extent of allowing the women in the dorm to walk in the courtyard, sit on the grass and even play miniature golf.

Activities: Moore then returned to work but was transferred at her own request from a typing stint in the prison’s business office to a job in the kitchen. She began by mopping floors and wiping tables, graduated to the cary squad that delivers tryas to shut-ins, then became a member of the cook’s crew. it is a twelve-hour day in the kitchen, but Moore gets every other day off. She has enough leftover energy for such leisure-time activities as jogging, attending a creative-writing course and a theater workshop and reading a left-to-right range of magazines from the Peking Review to U.S. News & World Report. As an editor of Terminal Island’s prison newspaper, the T.I. News, she revamped the women’s page, cutting down on inmate-romance items and installing a logo that shows a clenched-fist symbol. Under her byline of Sally Moore, She has written features and news articles, including an obituary of black singer Paul Robeson.

Moore disclaimed any regrets about her attempt to shoot the President: “I do regret I didn’t succeed, and allow the winds of change to start. I wish I had killed him. I did it to creat chaos.” Eventually, she said, she will write a book explaining her attempt: “Nobody is under any obligation to read it. But for my beliefs, I have given up my life.” Like Squeaky Fromme, Sally Moore, now 46, will be eligible for parole after serving ten years – but she expects to be in prison far longer than the minimum stretch. “That question is like a knife in my gut,” she said when asked about her parole prospects. “The won’t let me out until I’m a little old lady.”