Historical Document of the Day: Gerald Ford on Squeaky Fromme

Former Manson girl has a breakout solo hit.Like so many elements of that unjustly neglected period of American history, the Ford years, Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore's successive attempts to kill the president have become historical also-rans. They don't get nearly as much attention as the other assassinations and attempted assassinations that grabbed the headlines from 1963 to 1981. Even the conspiracy theories about them are half-hearted: Search hard and you'll find people who think Nelson Rockefeller might have hired the shooters, but hardly anyone really seems to care. (Then there's Timothy Leary's grouchy suggestion that Fromme was inspired by her Bob Dylan records. But Leary later retracted that.)

Now one of the two assaults on Ford is back in the news. The Sacramento Bee reports that

a federal judge in Sacramento has allowed the release of a largely unseen relic of the Fromme assassination attempt: the videotaped testimony Ford gave that would later be used in her trial.

The 20 minutes of testimony, which Ford gave in room 345 of the Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House on Nov. 1, 1975, was conducted at the request of Sacramento defense attorney John Virga and played for jurors during Fromme's trial.

The tape, which includes several minutes of audio discussion among lawyers and the judge before and after Ford's testimony, was later sealed and has been largely forgotten and removed from public view in the years since....

The release of the tape for widespread public viewing is the result of a motion filed last month by the Eastern District Historical Society, a 12-year-old nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of the federal court based in Sacramento.

The society petitioned U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller for the tape's release "to preserve the historically significant deposition."

Naturally, the testimony is now on YouTube. I've embedded it below:

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  • JW||

    "Hmmmm, who is more worthy of death, Nixon or Ford, and thus, worthy of me throwing my life away over?"

    Real American Genius.

  • SIV||

    Gerald Ford is better membered as a biographer , rather than a target, of an assasin.

  • Jaybirdmojo||

    Holy crap, read those reviews...

  • ||

    It is proved that Oswald couldn't have been able to fire so many shots in such a short time with that rifle

    I went hunting with my dad about 10 years ago but before we did he wanted me to do some target practice with the rifle i would be using. I have fired rifles before but not a lot. I was pretty much so i could familiarize my self with it.

    Amway he was in his 60s then.

    We set the target about 100 yards out and he tested the rifle. It was a bolt action Weatherby. He hit the target 4 times in under 10 seconds.

    He was never a soldier and was 60+ years old and probably had not fired a rifle in one or two years.

    I really hate when this part of the conspiracy bullshit comes up as it is so easily proven false and the only thing it proves is how ignorant these theorists are about rifles.

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  • Paul.||

    a 12-year-old nonprofit

    My daughter is an 11-year-old nonprofit.

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    Who?

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    lindsay lohan

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