Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Manson Family Member granted parole

After 34 years, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme will be released on August 16th after serving 34 years for pointing a gun at then President Gerald Ford. For me however, Fromme is best known as one of the infamous Manson Family. I have what some would consider an unhealthy interest in serial killers. Chillax, I do not want to be one. At one point in my life I just wanted to crawl inside their heads and figure out what makes their heads f*cking tick.

Although she did not have a direct hand in the brutal Tate/La Bianca murders that rocked the world in 1969, Fromme became the unofficial leader of the family once Charlie was arrested. During the trial she rallied the remaining Family members, camping outside the courthouse, disrupting the trial at times, proclaiming Manson's innocence to the media, intimidating witnesses and even going so far as to carve an "x" in their forehead when Manson did.

The attempted assassination of Ford supposedly had nothing to do with Manson (she wanted to talk to him about the plight of the California Redwoods). But her escape from jail in 1987 most definitely did (she had heard that Manson was suffering from testicular cancer). She was captured within a few days.

Prison authorities will not comment on Fromme's behaviour during the recent years of her incarceration. Manson is still in jail. His next parole hearing will be in 2012. Maybe she can go and be a character witness for him!

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