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August 15, 2009

Parole granted to Squeaky Fromme after serving 30+ years in prison

This New York Times article provides the details on a high-profile parole granted to a notorious female offender:

Lynette A. Fromme, the waifish acolyte of Charles Manson who tried to kill President Gerald R. Ford in September 1975, was released on parole from federal prison in Texas on Friday morning after spending three decades behind bars, a prison official said.  At 8 a.m., Ms. Fromme, 60, walked out of the Federal Medical Center Carswell, a prison and hospital complex in Fort Worth.

Citing privacy rules, federal officials would not say where Ms. Fromme, whose nickname is Squeaky, intended to live or who had picked her up, though they said she would be closely supervised. “She is on parole for the rest of her life,” said Tom Hutchison, the chief of staff of the United States Parole Commission.

Ms. Fromme was 26 when she pushed through a crowd in Sacramento, pulled a pistol from a holster on her thigh and tried to fire at President Ford, who was walking from his hotel to the State Capitol. The gun clicked.  It had no bullet in the chamber, but four in the magazine.  Secret Service agents wrestled her to the ground.

Ms. Fromme was sentenced to life in prison after a raucous trial during which she tried to represent herself, tried to call Mr. Manson as a witness, was removed from the courtroom for violent outbursts and threw an apple at the judge.

Mr. Manson had recruited Ms. Fromme off the street in the Venice section of Los Angeles when she was a troubled 18-year-old college student.  She remained obsessed with Mr. Manson, even after he and five followers murdered the actress Sharon Tate and eight other people in 1969. Ms. Fromme was never charged in connection with that crime, though she had been living with Mr. Manson’s group at the time.  She kept a vigil at Mr. Manson’s trial and, like other supporters, carved an X in her forehead in a gesture of solidarity.

In 1987, she escaped from a low-security woman’s prison in Alderson, W. Va., but was recaptured two days later.  She said she had run off to be closer to Mr. Manson, who is serving a life term in Corcoran State Prison in California.

Though she was eligible for parole in 1985, she refused to apply.  She was finally granted an automatic parole hearing in July 2008 and released for good conduct, officials said.  Still, her release was delayed a year as she completed another sentence for her escape.

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Of course, she has good conduct. She is an obedient cult follower.

Question. Is she still hot for Manson? Has she expressed sincere regret for her past crimes?

Her release is criminal cult enterprise professional courtesy to evil.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 15, 2009 3:13:45 PM

Ms. Fromme has been in prison so long that she is one of fewer than 500 "old law" (pre-Guidelines, i.e., 1987) prisoners still in Federal prison, out of 204,000 inmates. As an "old law" prisoner, she is not on "supervised release", but is on real, old-law parole for the rest of her life. This is a very strict regimen. She could easily be violated and returned to prison for misconduct so minor that it doesn't even constitute a crime. She has received and endured very severe punishment. It is unlikely that her life on the street will be easy. She is among the most notorious of criminals because she tried to kill a sitting President! How will she earn a living? Who will hire her to even push a broom as a janitor? Surely her new neighbors will figure out who she is very quickly. Will anyone even talk to her, or will she be ostracized? Even on the street, the rest of her life will amount to a continuation of her punishment.

Posted by: Jim Gormley | Aug 15, 2009 8:40:01 PM

well by putting her on such probation for life the state has effectively muzzled her and taken away her rights. What if she wanted to be somekind of nonviolent talking activist for say the environment in her last years? It seems she served her sentence. what more do you people want? Are we talking fair retribution or simply making her an outpatient political prisoner? Whom is the law serving here? justice or the state and those who control it? just possibly Americans might benifit from hearing what she has to say even if they disagree with her. Its part of free speech and what makes us strong. written by once an English major U of Akron.

Posted by: Brian | Aug 29, 2009 7:47:24 PM

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