Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a member of the infamous Manson family, is best known for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975.
Fromme was born Lynette Alice Fromme in Santa Monica, California on October 22, 1948. Fromme was a child performer, touring with a song and dance troop called the Westchester Lariats. In highschool Fromme befriended Phil Hartman, who later gained fame on shows like Saturday Night Live and the The Simpsons.
Later on Fromme briefly dated Bill Siddons, who went on to be the road manager of The Doors. After high school, Fromme moved to Venice Beach, where she met Charles Manson. Fromme had a special place in the family, according to Paul Watkins, no one but Manson was allowed to sleep with Fromme.
In 1972, Fromme was arrested for her involvement in the Willet murders. After being released from jail, Fromme moved into a Sacramento apartment with fellow Manson Family member Sandra Good.
Fromme was handed a life sentence after pointing a gun at former President Gerald Ford in 1975. Throughout her years in prison Fromme corresponded with Manson and she was one of the followers who didn’t denounce Manson.
Fromme escaped from jail in 1987 but was found wandering the countryside just a few miles away. Officials at the time investigated whether Fromme had escaped jail after hearing that Manson had become ill. Fromme was released on parole on August 14, 2009, after serving 34 years.
Today Fromme lives in New York State with her ex-con boyfriend.