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Hide the Hammers! Squeaky Fromme to be Released

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Notorious Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme is scheduled to be released from prison on August 16, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. If she is released on Friday, as some online sources have reported (not enough prison staff on Sundays?), it will be less than a week after the 40th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Fromme, now 60, was sentenced to life for pointing a gun at President Gerald Ford on Sept 6, 1975 in Sacramento, California. There was no bullet in the chamber, leading many news outlets to report that the gun was unloaded, although it did contain four rounds of ammunition in the clip. Fromme has stated in interviews that she simply wanted to get Ford's attention to speak to him about the plight of the California redwoods.

Fromme has served 34 years in prison. She has been eligible for parole since 1985 but repeatedly waived her hearings in order to show her dedication to the cause. A federal law makes parole mandatory after 30 years of a life sentence have been served. She was granted parole in July 2008 but had to serve additional time for escaping from prison in December of 1987 in an attempt to visit the reportedly ailing Manson. She was recaptured three days later.