From the Orlando Sentinel, February 27, 1989:

Fromme Says We're All Mass Murderers

Associated Press

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who has been in a new prison in the Panhandle for the last six months, doesn't think much of her new home. But neither is she happy about what's happening outside her cell.

"Mass murder is going on out there all the time," she told the Tallahassee Democrat in an interview published Sunday, referring to pollution and toxic waste. "And they don't have Charlie Manson to blame."

"We're killing the Earth, and it hurts," she said. "I want to say, 'Stop - stop doing it, or you'll die.'"

For almost 14 years, Fromme, 40, has been in federal prisons for the attempted murder of President Gerald Ford. Since August, her home has been a two-person cell in the Marianna Federal Correctional Institution's 6-month-old women's unit.

"It's very depressing," she said. "I have value. I can't see the reason for being locked up in an ice cube the rest of my life."

Manson and four members of his followers were convicted of the 1969 Los Angeles killing of actress Sharon Tate and six other people.

Fromme wasn't involved in the killings, she said, although she knew what was happening. But on Sept. 5, 1975, she aimed a borrowed .45-caliber pistol at Ford and tried to pull the trigger.

"I didn't really want to kill him," she told the Democrat. "But when people around you treat you like a child and pay no attention to the things you say, you have to do something."

Joe Stalnaker, the manager of the unit, said Fromme is adjusting well to the strict rules.

Fromme is one of 103 inmates, including several so-called political prisoners, in the prison's maximum security women's unit.

Fromme moved to Marianna from a women's prison in Lexington, Ky., that was closed [sic]. At Lexington, she said, the women were "treated like dogs in a kennel."

Marianna's security isn't quite so oppressive, she said. But there are strict restrictions on the soul.

"It's ugly here. I don't like it."