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INSIDE EDITION Finds Squeaky Fromme

INSIDE EDITION Finds Squeaky Fromme


Airdate: 09/14/2010

The woman trying to hide her face from INSIDE EDITION's camera once tried to assassinate the President of the United States.

INSIDE EDITION has the first video taken of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme in nearly 20 years.

Fromme tried to shoot President Gerald Ford in 1975, in Sacramento, California.

The nickname "Squeaky" was given to her by her bloodthirsty mentor, Charles Manson.

INSIDE EDITION found the now 61-year-old Squeaky Fromme in a Wal-Mart parking lot in upstate New York.

She's out on parole, and her biker boyfriend wasn't happy to see us.

So where does a woman who once tried to kill a president and who was a disciple of Charles Manson live? She lives in a very unique house in a suburb of Utica, surrounded by farms.

The house looks like an old metal Quonset hut from the World War II era. It's located off a remote road across from an overgrown field.

The SUV in the driveway has a bumper sticker reading "Born Again Pagan."

Fromme has been living at the house since she was paroled in 2009 after serving 34 years of a life sentence.

"Can you understand how some neighbors might be a little concerned that she's around?"

"I can definitely understand why any neighbor would be concerned that someone like Squeaky would be living in their neighborhood," says Michelle Sigona, crime reporter.

Time magazine called her "The Girl Who Almost Killed Ford."

35 years ago, she tried to join Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth on the notorious list of presidential assassins when she pointed a loaded gun at President Ford from just inches away and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, it failed to go off.

"When I heard Fromme was released on parole, I was shocked," says Ted Heller, an assistant prosecutor at Fromme's trial, where she blindfolded herself in protest and had to be carried into court.

He believes Fromme is still dangerous, and letting her out of prison was a big mistake.  

Heller says, "Whoever made that decision is the equivalent of a village idiot."

In fact, she has never expressed any remorse for trying to kill Ford, and during a 1992 interview with INSIDE EDITION she said she felt quite the opposite.

"I don't regret it. I look at myself and I say, 'Well am I sick? Am I perverted?' No, there's things I love," she said.

She's required to allow federal officers, including the Secret Service, to search her "at any time" and her access to a computer is "restricted."

And you'll never believe who she's living with now! Her boyfriend threatening our cameraman is an ex-con.

Robert Valdner pled guilty to manslaughter after killing his brother-in-law. He was released from prison in 1992.
 
"They both did serve their time and if they choose to live quietly together, happily ever after, then hopefully it will be very peaceful," says Sigona.

Even though Fromme is one of the most notorious members of the Manson Family, she did not take part in the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders that shocked the world in 1969.
 


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