The bird postcard from Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
I have received a total of three letters from Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme, two of them in 1997 and one in 1998.
Fromme came to public attention in 1969 as a member of the so-called “Manson Family.” She had no part in the Tate-LaBianca murders or in any other murders attributed to people associated with Charles Manson. However, she had lived among those who did at Spahn Ranch. While Manson and three young women were on trial for murders, Fromme and several other young women held a vigil in which they gathered on the sidewalk close to the courthouse.
On September 5, 1975, Fromme pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford. Secret Service agents grabbed her. The gun had bullets in the magazine but none in the chamber. A member of the notorious Charles Manson Family
cult, she pleaded not guilty to attempted assassination of a president but the jury convicted her. She was paroled on August 14, 2009, after serving thirty-four years.
I wrote to Fromme after reading that she had said, “Women bitch and holler to the contrary but the truth is that we are living in a matriarchy and have been for many, many years.” Since men hold most positions of formal power, I asked why she believed we lived in a “matriarchy.”
She replied with a postcard in which she wrote on the back of it. I wrote to her again. In her letters, she discussed gender issues as well as issues relating to the environment and religion.