From the Boston Globe, December 29, 1987:

Fromme to Face Grand Jury Probe
of Escape from W. Virginia Prison

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Federal prosecutors said yesterday they will ask a grand jury to investigate the prison escape of Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, a Charles Manson disciple serving a life term for an assassination attempt on President Ford.

Assistant US Attorney Kirk Brandfass said the case will be presented to a grand jury in Charleston next week.

US marshals probably will interrogate Fromme in the next week or two, said Marshal James Hickman, who said the government plans to charge Fromme with escape from a federal institution.

Fromme, 39, convicted in the 1975 assassination attempt, slipped out of the Alderson Federal Correctional Institution late Wednesday and eluded about 100 searchers for almost 40 hours. She was picked up Friday when she came out of the woods onto a side road two miles from the prison.

She was in a high security cell yesterday after initially being housed in the prison infirmary, Warden Ron Burkhart said.

Prison officials have not given any clues to why and how Fromme escaped, and have made little comment on a rumor that she believed Manson was dying of cancer and told friends she was desperate to see him.

There was no information from prison officials in California on Manson's health. Manson is serving a life sentence at San Quentin for the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.