Gerald Ford assassination attempt in Sacramento

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Gerald Ford assassination attempt in Sacramento
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Ford being rushed by U.S. Secret Service from the site of the 1975 attempt on his life in Sacramento, California
LocationCapitol Park, south of 1121 L Street, Sacramento, California
Coordinates38°34′29″N 121°29′21″W / 38.574743°N 121.489252°W / 38.574743; -121.489252Coordinates: 38°34′29″N 121°29′21″W / 38.574743°N 121.489252°W / 38.574743; -121.489252
DateSeptember 5, 1975 (1975-09-05)
~10:04 am (PST)
TargetGerald Ford, 38th President of the United States
Attack type
Attempted political assassination via shooting
WeaponsColt M1911 .45 cal. semi-automatic pistol
DeathsNone
Non-fatal injuries
None
PerpetratorLynette Fromme
ParticipantOne
DefenderLarry Buendorf, Secret Service agent
MotiveTo set an example to those refusing to halt environmental pollution and its effects on Air, Trees, Water, and Animals (ATWA)

On September 5, 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a cult member of Charles Manson's Manson Family, attempted to assassinate United States President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California.[1]

Fromme wanted to make a statement to people who did not want to stop environmental pollution. Although Fromme stood a little more than an arm's length from Ford that Friday morning and pointed a M1911 pistol at him, her gun failed to fire and no one was injured.[2]

After the assassination attempt, Ford continued to walk to the California state house, where he met with Jerry Brown. For her crime, Fromme spent 34 years in prison and was released on August 14, 2009 – two years after Ford's death.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, later received the M1911 pistol used in the assassination attempt as a gift, and the gun was put on display.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Squeaky Fromme Escapes". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. December 24, 1987. p. 1A. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  2. "Brown's gaffe recalls 1975 Ford assassination attempt". Sacramento Bee. June 2, 2011. Archived from the original on November 25, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)