Gerald R. Ford


What two women tried to assassinate President Ford?

In two different instances, women shot at President Ford in September 1975. On September 5, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of imprisoned cult leader Charles Manson, pointed her gun at Ford in Sacramento, California, but Secret Service agent Larry Buendorf quickly intervened. Fromme was given a life sentence for her attempted assassination of Ford. She finally received parole in August 2009.

On September 22, Sara Jane Moore fired a shot at President Ford that missed. As she was about to take a second shot, ex-Marine Oliver Sipple heroically dived toward her and knocked her arm. Moore was a left-wing sympathizer and former FBI informant who was hoping to gain acceptance in radical revolutionary circles. She was given a life sentence, but was paroled in 2007—after President Ford had died.


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