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Monday, September 1, 2014
President Gerald Ford Survives Attempted Assassination (September 5, 1975)
This week (September 1-7) in crime history: Aaron Burr
was acquitted of treason (September 1, 1807); Jean-Paul Akayesu was found
guilty of genocide in Rwanda (September 2, 1998); Russian school siege ends in bloody
shootout (September 3, 2004); Columbian rebels attack military base (September
4, 1996); Israeli athletes were taken hostage at the Munich Olympics (September
5, 1972); President Gerald Ford survives attempted assassination (September 5,
1975); Drew Peterson was convicted of murdering his 3rd wife
(September 6, 2012); South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was
assassinated (September 6, 1966); President William McKinley was shot
(September 6, 1901); Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot (September 7, 1996); Guillame
Apollinaire was arrested for stealing the Mona Lisa (September 7, 1911); The
James Gang was nearly wiped out in Northfield Minnesota (September 7, 1876).
Highlighted Crime of the Week -
On September 1, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford survives
an attempt on his life in Sacramento, California. The assailant, Lynette
Fromme, approached the president while he was walking near the California State
Capitol and raised a .45 caliber handgun toward him. Before she was able to
fire off a shot, Secret Service agents tackled her and wrestled her to the
ground. After the assassination attempt, Ford stoically continued on to the
Capitol to speak before the California legislature. The main topic of his
speech was crime. Seventeen days later, another woman, Sarah Jane Moore, tried
to assassinate Ford while he was in San Francisco. Her attempt was thwarted by
a bystander who instinctively grabbed Moore's arm when she raised the gun.
Although she fired one shot, it did not find its target.
Lynette Fromme, nicknamed "Squeaky," was a
member of the notorious Charles Manson family. Manson and other members of his
"family" were convicted and sentenced to prison for murdering former
actress Sharon Tate and others in 1969. Subsequently, Fromme and other female
members of the cult started an order of "nuns" within a new group
called the International People's Court of Retribution. This group terrorized
corporate executives who headed environmentally destructive businesses. Fromme
herself was still so enamored of Manson that she devised the plot to kill
President Ford in order to win Manson's approval.
Fromme was convicted of attempted murder and was
sentenced to life in prison in West Virginia. She escaped in 1979, but was
caught within 25 miles of the prison. Strangely, Ford's second would-be
assassin, Moore, was imprisoned in the same facility and escaped in 1989. She
turned herself in two days later and, like Fromme, was transferred to a
higher-security penitentiary. Both women were eventually released on parole.
Michael Thomas Barry is a columnist for www.crimemgazine.com and is the author
of numerous books that include Murder and
Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California, 1849-1949. The book was
named the winner of the 2012 International Book Awards and a finalist in the
2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. For more information visit Michael’s
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