Two Women Separately Tried To Kill President Gerald Ford In The Same Month

Two Women Separately Tried To Kill President Gerald Ford In The Same Month

John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald are names every American kid learns in history class. If you didn't already know, these men assassinated two U.S. presidents—Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, respectively. The names Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sara Jane Moore are obviously less well known, but perhaps they shouldn't be. These two women, independently, attempted to assassinate a U.S. president, and they were the only women in history to do so. But that's not the weirdest part of the story.

The most striking similarity between Fromme and Moore is that they both tried to assassinate the same president: Gerald Ford. Not only did they separately attempt to kill Ford, they both made their attempts in September 1975. Moore, a 45-year-old FBI informant, fired a wide shot that landed her in prison for more than 30 years. Fromme, a 26-year-old member of the Manson family, didn't fire a shot, but served 34 years for waving an unloaded gun at Ford. While Fromme was demanding "clean air, healthy water and respect for creatures and creation," Moore was unhappy about Ford being appointed to the office instead of elected. Hear both women's stories in the videos below.

Life And Trial Of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

She went from Manson Family member to assassin.

Why Sara Jane Moore Tried To Kill Gerald Ford

Moore seems calm, cool, and collected in explaining herself more than 32 years after firing a gun at a US president.

10 Failed Assassination Attempts

Moore and Fromme attempted but failed, too.

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