Monday, March 14, 2011

Thoughts on... Lynnette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme

Lynette Fromme
October 22, 1948 (1948-10-22) (age 62)
Charge(s)Attempted assassination of a US President
PenaltyLife in prison
StatusOn parole
ParentsWilliam Millar Fromme
Helen Benzinger

Fromme was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of William Millar Fromme, an aeronautical engineer, and Helen Benzinger, a homemaker.
As a child, Fromme was a performer for a popular local dance group called the Westchester Lariats, which in the late 1950s began touring the U.S. and Europe, appearing on The Lawrence Welk Show and at the White House. Fromme was in the 1959 tour.
In 1963, the family moved to Redondo Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles, in the South Bay, and Fromme began drinking and taking drugs. Her grades at Redondo Union High School dropped, but she managed to graduate in 1966. She moved out of her parents' house for a few months before her father convinced her to consider El Camino Junior College. Her attendance there only lasted about two months before an argument with her father rendered her homeless.

 Charles Manson and Manson Family involvement

In 1967, Fromme went to Venice Beach, suffering from depression.  Charles Manson, who had been recently released from federal prison at Terminal Island, between San Pedro and Long Beach, saw her and struck up a conversation. Fromme found Manson's philosophies and attitudes appealing, and the two became friends, traveling together and with other young people such as Mary Brunner and Susan Atkins. She lived in Southern California at Spahn Ranch, and in the desert near Death Valley.
After Manson and some of his followers were arrested for the Tate/La Bianca murders in 1969, Fromme and the remaining "Manson family" camped outside of the trial. When Manson and his fellow defendants, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten and Atkins carved Xs into their foreheads, so did Fromme and her compatriots. They proclaimed Manson's innocence and preached his apocalyptic philosophy to the news media and to anyone else who would listen. She was never charged with involvement in the 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.

Assassination attempt on President Ford

On the morning of September 5, 1975, Fromme went to Sacramento's Capitol Park (reportedly to plead with President Gerald Ford about the plight of the California redwoods) dressed in a nun-like red robe and armed with a M1911A1.45 Colt semi-automatic pistol that she pointed at Ford. The pistol's magazine was loaded with four rounds, but none were in the firing chamber. She was immediately restrained by Larry Buendorf, a Secret Service agent. While being further restrained and handcuffed, Fromme managed to say a few sentences to the on-scene cameras, emphasizing that the gun "didn't go off".] Fromme subsequently told The Sacramento Bee that she had deliberately ejected the cartridge in her weapon's chamber before leaving home that morning, and investigators later found a .45 ACP cartridge in her bathroom.
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, prompted by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which made attempted presidential assassinations a federal crime punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison. 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.
"I stood up and waved a gun (at Ford) for a reason," said Fromme. "I was so relieved not to have to shoot it, but, in truth, I came to get life. Not just my life but clean air, healthy water and respect for creatures and creation."


Seventeen days after Fromme's arrest, Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Moore was quickly restrained by a bystander named Oliver Sipple, a decorated veteran, and the single shot fired from her gun slightly injured a taxi driver named John Ludwig who happened to be standing inside the hotel.
In 1979, Fromme was transferred out of Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin in Dublin, California, for attacking a fellow inmate, Julienne Busic, with the claw end of a hammer. On December 23, 1987, she escaped from the Federal Prison Camp, Alderson in Alderson, West Virginia, attempting to meet Manson, whom she had heard had testicular cancer. She was captured again two days later and incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.
Federal Medical Center, Carswell, where Fromme was held
Fromme first became eligible for parole in 1985, and was entitled by federal law to a mandatory hearing after 30 years but could waive that hearing and apply for release at a later date. Fromme steadfastly 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 Fromme was granted parole in July 2008, but was not released due to the extra time added to her sentence for the 1987 prison escape.
Fromme, Federal Bureau of Prisons #06075-180, was released on parole from Federal Medical Center, Carswell on August 14, 2009. She then reportedly moved to Marcy, New York


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

"Whaddya Wanna Call Me a Murderer For?...
I never killed anybody... I don't have to...
I think it... I've got it right here" LOLOL

"Remorse?... Remorse for H-What?" LOLOL

Welcome Everyone!
Check out this wild-ass fish tank! LOLOL
If you click in the aquarium, it releases a food pellet... and the fish fight over it! haha

Anywho... I encourage everyone to read my mission statement in the side-bar, just above my photo. That pretty much sells it all.

Bottom line:
I really want everyone to have a fun time!
The more fun the better, I always say!
Life's too short, and there's enough stress at work.
So... pull-up a chair, kick your feet up, and let's get this party started!!!

I'm in the process of sending the membership invitations out.
It will take some time for folks to start trickling-in... so be patient.
I've got some really knowledgable folks coming.

As of now... this address is not shared anywhere (except through a google search).
It's word-of-mouth... and I may keep it that way.
If you have a cool friend who may be interested... send them down!

Let's get this place Rockin'!!!!

Peace....... Lynyrd

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Lynyrd, I love what you've done with the place. ; )

"i could beat you over the head with this book, and i wouldn't feel a thing, it'd be like (pauses) going to the grocery store". lol

Manson quotes. gotta lov'em!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Thanks "Always"...

Good One!
That quote's from the interview with that woman... oh, what's her name?
Dianne Sawyer... I think. LOL
I was gonna say Martha Steweart! AHahahaha
Eh... same sh#t. LOLOL

I'm not sure how I feel about the white text, on the black background yet... and the comment and "preview" screens are a little smaller than I'm used to... but, I just wanted to get this beast operational. LOL
I'll work-out the bugs later.

Great to have you here "Always"!
Hope you're a frequent contributor!!!


katie8753 said...

HI LYNYRD!!! Love what you've done with the place!! You did a GREAT job! Very professional and quite interesting. I gotta try out the fish tank. LOL.

"Boy, she went'n got old on me". HA HA. (Comment about Krenwinkel on Diane Sawyer interview).

Who wants to have some fun!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent Job L/S- congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

I have retired from Blogging and deleted my account- but this is Saint Circumstance making my last blog appearance anywhere- I had to show up and pay my respect to a very good guy- who I respected tremendously!! I hope this becomes everything you want for it dude- and you were the reason I went back to the site I met you on. you were ( along with Matt) The coolest guy i talked to on these blogs ever- and along with Matt and Liz the ones I respect the most...

Best of luck L/S- when and if I ever get back to this- I will hope to be welcome here- Best of Luck!!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hello Saint,

Thanks for the kind words.
I'm very sorry to see you go, but I respect your decision.
You're "good where it counts" as my grandmother used to say.
What I mean is... you have a big heart, and that goes a long way in my book.
I wish you all the best, on-blog and off.
You're welcome here any time my brother.
Very Sincerely... Lynyrd

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hey Katie!!!

I remember that quote!
Manson and Mike Tyson... I could listen to either of them for hours! hahaha
It's hard to imagine them both in the same room.
They'd either love each other, or kill each other... no in-between.

Jeez... things in Japan, are getting really bad.
They're saying potentially worse than Chernobyl now.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Katie... you lost you avatar!

Mary said...

Excellent and quick! It looks great!

St. - why are you letting someone dictate what you do for enjoyment? I was really looking forward to learning from you. If you leave and don't come back, yes, I will be disappointed. I have been restudying the subject matter and am ready to discuss!

Mary said...

Hi Katie - I have missed you and your humor! Glad to be here with y'all! Now, I need to pick a avatar...hmmmm

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Great To Have You!!!!

I have to say Mary, I'm a bit disappointed myself.
Saint walks-in on opening day (a guy usually good for 30 posts a day), and communicates in his first message he's done! LOLOLOL
I mean, how ironic is that? : )

Oh well... bad timing I guess.

katie8753 said...

St. Circumstance, I wish you'd reconsider. I think we'll have a lot of fun on here. In fact I know we will. No ball and chain to trip us up. HA HA. Lynyrd and I used to have a ball with other bloggers on You Tube and other places.

Well I guess I better figure out where my "Sadie skin" went.

Hi Mary. Good to see you too!!

Things are looking pretty grim in Japan. It just keeps getting worse.

katie8753 said...

OK let's try this again. Am I Sadie yet? LOL

katie8753 said...

OK that's much better!! Lynyrd I sent you a link about Joel Pugh. Couldn't remember if it was posted on a blog or not. See if you're interested in it.

katie8753 said...

Mary, in my opinion, some really good reading is The Family by Ed Sanders and also Helter Skelter. You can certainly start your education on this case with those books. Also Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders is very interesting. It's more about Sharon Tate than the family, but it's still good reading.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Yeah... "The Family" by Ed Sanders is a standard read, in these circles.
Actually... I read "The Family" before Helter Skelter. LOL

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Katie... so glad to see your avatar back!!!

I got your e-mail regarding the thread suggestion.
I gotta be honest with ya... I worked around-the-clock for three days, to get this thing fired-up.
I'm complete toast right now.

Mary also made a great suggestion as well.
I just need 48 hours to chill. LOLOL
We'll just have to live with Lynn's lovely photo for a day or so. LOLOL
Sorry ladies... be patient... I'll get to your great suggestions, as soon as I catch my breath.
Hope you understand.

katie8753 said...

Hey Lynyrd that's fine. I can't believe you got this going so quickly. Get some rest.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Katie... you've gotta hit the "follow" button (at the top), and put your photo with Mary and I. LOLOL

Hey... the photos across the top, are videos... if you wanna watch some clips! LOL

katie8753 said...

Hey Lynyrd, remember this song? You just LOVED it. You can listen to it and rejuvenate. HA HA.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hey Katie...

Yeah... I've always LOVED that song!
I can't believe you remember that!
Jeepers... you must have a memory like an elephant! LOL

"Always is always, forever"!!!
I love the Family Jams album.
The girls voices sound like Angels all together!

I love the last photo of Lynn in the clip... the one where she's next to Sandy (feeding the baby).
Eh... I love Lynn in every photo. hahaha
(Another fact you already know) : )
Prolly weren't suprised she was my first thread huh? LOLOL

katie8753 said...

Oh when that song would come up on You Tube you'd go crazy like a cat on catnip. MEOW.

I know EXACTLY why you put Squeaky first. Cuz you adore her. LOL. Yeah that's a cute photo of her at the end. She really was a cutie pie.

Okay I'm now officially a "follower". HEE HEE.

katie8753 said...

I remember years ago when we were commenting on You Tube, you and Watch were making comment after comment, so funny, and one of you (can't remember which one) added this comment:

"I can just see Tex, arriving at Cielo Drive, muttering under his breath...Charlie sends me out to kill all these people with 3 dumb broads, a knife with a broken handle, an old unreliable gun and a big rope. Boy....the sex and drugs better be good tonight!!".

ROLFLMAO!!! Too funny!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Wow, almost word for word...

Yeah... that was me in my younger days.
Times were a lot more laid-back then.

Somewhere along the line... "everyone went and got SERIOUS on me"!!! hahahaha

Jeez... now you got me started on music, so I gotta post a new thread!
You know music is the other topic I can never resist. ; )

katie8753 said...

Get on home, ho ho home, get on home. HA HA.

Mary said...

what a team - can you imagine Sadie, Archie Bunker, and Marilyn Monroe all in the same room together...odd combination.

I read Helter Skelter many, many times - and I did try to read The Family...but it seemed to contradict what I thought then was the "real" story so I stopped reading it. I guess I should give it another go, with an open mind.

I am currently reading Manson Now.

katie8753 said...

Mary, LOL. I would think Archie Bunker would take one look at Sadie and say "Shut-up YOU!!"

Now Marilyn I think he'd like. HA HA.

I was going to say, Pritash had mentioned some good reading, some new publication that he read, and I meant to buy that.

Give The Family another shot. Ed Sanders injects some humor here and there, but he really does know his stuff.

I haven't read Manson Now, but will get it. I bought Manson in his Own Words, and got through it, but it wasn't that great. I know Charlie can be funny sometimes, but after a while, he makes my head hurt with all that stuff. HA HA.

I do know there are lots of great books written years ago that are now either out of print, or cost around $800 to get one.

bobby said...

lynyrd, Thank you the long time lurker is now on.I really hope st will reconsider staying on as a regular, everyone here was looking forward to conversing with him. St. please join be active here. your wanted !

bp (former lurker)

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Mary said>>>>
"what a team - can you imagine Sadie, Archie Bunker, and Marilyn Monroe all in the same room together...odd combination".

AHahahaha Yeah, I know huh!!!

Kattie said>>>>
"Mary, LOL. I would think Archie Bunker would take one look at Sadie and say "Shut-up YOU!!"


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Bob Said>>>>
"lynyrd, Thank you the long time lurker is now on.I really hope st will reconsider staying on as a regular, everyone here was looking forward to conversing with him. St. please join be active here. your wanted"!

Thanks Bob. I could not have said it better.

Again... Welcome Bob!

I actually found your post on the music thread above first, and gave you a warm welcome there.
I was working on some stuff... and must have just missed your post down here.

Have Fun Brother!