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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.

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CNN reports that the federal system has since abolished parole for attempted presidential assassins. However, following the law at the time of Fromme's sentencing, mandatory parole applies and Felicia Ponce, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons states in the CNN article that inmates do have 54 days taken off of their sentences for every year and a day served, referred to as "good time".

How "good" has Lynette Fromme been. though? There is little information on her recent behavior. Of course, her history is "colorful". Besides the escape attempt, according to Manson Family Today and Wikipedia Fromme was moved from the Women’s prison at Pleasanton in 1979 after attacking another inmate with a clawhammer. She is currently residing in the maximum security unit, away from the general prison population at The Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth Texas, Time.com reports that during her trial for Ford's attempted assassination, she threw an apple at the prosecuting attorney, knocking off his glasses. In a 2002 interview with History's Mysteries she appears matter-of-fact about the incident, neither proud nor repentant.

Will you be seeing Squeaky Fromme at the local Trader Joe's? Riding on the Tilt-a-Whirl in her hometown of Redondo Beach? Attending El Camino College class reunions? No information is available on where she plans to settle down. Will Fromme (aka "Red") and Sandra Good (aka "Blue") be allowed to meet up and reform their ecological organization/religion ATWA (Air, Tree, Water, Animals)? Lynette Fromme, along with Sandra Good, faithfully remained one of Manson's core followers long after the others had publicly denounced him.

Prison officials have declined to comment on whether or not Fromme corresponds with Manson, however, www.Squeakyfromme.org states that she remains faithful to Manson and stated in an interview, "I consider myself married." (No source or date given) There also has been no information available on the conditions of her parole.

Ina 2005 article Fromme is quoted as saying, "I can't say what I will decide to do in the future, but for now I'm here."

Sara Jane Moore, another wannabe Ford assassin, received mandatory parole in May (she also received additional time for an escape attempt). Former Manson follower Susan Atkins will be up for parole again September 2 and a chapter on Leslie VanHouten from John Water's upcoming book was recently published in The Huffington Post.

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AP Photo/Walt Zeboski, Pool (Nov. 25, 1975 Lynette Fromme sits in a U.S. Marshal's auto in Sacramento, Calif. as she returned to jail)

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