The news that Charles Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is about to be released from prison has inspired curious minds to conduct Internet searches employing some of the following phrases: “Charles Manson,” “Manson family,” “Manson murders story” and “Manson murders photos.” Were someone to look at crime scene photos of the heinous crimes committed by the Manson family, were they to closely examine the Manson murders photos, the last thing they would walk away with is warm and fuzzy feelings for anyone who has been closely associated with Charles Manson.
Thus, the following are fair questions to ask: Will the existence of the Manson murders photos pose a risk for the soon-to-be released Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme? Will she be shunned? Will she have trouble finding a place to live? Supporting herself?
According to ABC, Vincent Bugliosi, the former Los Angeles County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson, doesn’t think there should be an opportunity for Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme to find out whether the existence of the Manson murders photos would have any bearing on her safety and well-being once she is released back into society. In other words, he thinks that Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme ought not be released from prison.
It would be hard to argue with him. Not only was Fromme, who is now 60 years old, an enthusiastic follower of Charles Manson (she was reportedly an “underboss” in the Manson family and ran the cult’s affairs whenever Manson was away) but she was sent to prison for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford in September of 1975. As Vincent Bugliosi notes, “If you do something like that against the president of the United States, the need for deterrence increases when you’re talking about the most important person.”
Bugliosi firmly believes that Fromme needs to stay locked up.
The Manson family murders were so unfathomably heinous, so wrenchingly hideous in their senselessness and brutality, that they still resonate to this day.
In March of this year, a current photo of Charles Manson, 74, was released by prison officials. The photo was taken at the Corcoran State Prison where the mass murderer is serving a life sentence. Though old and grizzled, his likeness still has the ability to send chills up and down one’s spine.
And this is a man that Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme worshiped. She reportedly told her defense attorney that she wanted to kill President Ford because she wanted to bring attention to Manson and hopefully get him a new trial.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is scheduled to be released from prison on August 16, a couple days after the 40th anniversary of the Manson murders.
Manson’s most famous victim was the beautiful actress Sharon Tate. At the time of her murder, she was nine months pregnant; according to the coroner’s report, she was stabbed sixteen times.
Would-Be Assassin ‘Squeaky Fromme’ Still a Threat, Sarah Netter and Russell Goldman, ABC News
Charles Manson Photo Released; He’s Now 74, Hartley Engel, Associated Content, March 19, 2009