From the Chicago Tribune, November 12, 1975:

'Without Manson, I'm Dead,' Squeaky Cries

United Press International

SACRAMENTO, Cal. [UPI]—Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, accused of attempting to murder President Ford, boycotted her trial for the second day Tuesday, declaring, "Without Manson, I am dead."

Miss Fromme, banished from the courtroom on Friday for disrupting the proceedings, was given a third chance by Judge Thomas J. MacBride of Federal District Court to return to court if she would behave properly.

The judge told her if she changed her mind, "You're as welcome as flowers in May."

But Miss Fromme, who for the second day blindfolded herself and was carried into the courthouse from her jail van by a hefty United States marshal, said, "No, I have to stick to my principles."


"YOUR HONOR, my defense is the defense of the world," she declared. "Without Manson, I am dead."

She originally was banished when she insisted upon calling Charles Monson [sic], imprisoned mass murderer, as a witness. MacBride refused to go along, and she elected to sit out the trial in a holding cell equipped with closed-circuit television.

The owner of the .45 caliber pistol Miss Fromme is accused of thrusting point blank at Ford testified late Monday that Miss Fromme took the gun from him in July, although he warned her that the weapon was "dangerous and complicated."

"I showed her how to pull the hammer back and fire it," said Harold Boro, 86, a retired federal government draftsman who has been described as her "sugar daddy."


BORO TESTIFIED HE did not give Miss Fromme instruction on details such as how to pull back the slide to load the firing chamber. The gun Miss Fromme thrust at the President contained four bullets in the clip but none in the chamber.

In a raspy voice, the balding Boro said he tried without success to stop the Manson cultist from abruptly walking away from his apartment with the gun and bullets, and even offered to buy her a new pistol instead.

Boro, who said Miss Fromme visited him several times at his apartment after they met in 1974, testified he demonstrated the basics of operating the .45 caliber automatic after she asked to see it. He also said she expressed interest in a .38 caliber gun she saw in a catalog.