Gerald Ford assassination attempt in Sacramento
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.
|Gerald Ford assassination attempt in Sacramento|
|Location||Capitol Park, south of 1121 L Street, Sacramento, California|
|Coordinates||38°34′29″N 121°29′21″W / 38.574743°N 121.489252°WCoordinates: 38°34′29″N 121°29′21″W / 38.574743°N 121.489252°W|
|Date||September 5, 1975 |
~10:04 am (PST)
|Target||Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States|
|Attempted political assassination via shooting|
|Weapons||Colt M1911 .45 cal. semi-automatic pistol|
|Defender||Larry Buendorf, Secret Service agent|
|Motive||To set an example to those refusing to halt environmental pollution and its effects on Air, Trees, Water, and Animals (ATWA)|
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.
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.
- ↑ "Squeaky Fromme Escapes". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. December 24, 1987. p. 1A. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
- ↑ "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.