From the Los Angeles Times, September 8, 1975:

FBI Gets No Specific Answers From Manson

Times Staff

SACRAMENTO—Charles Manson refused to give any specific information when questioned over the weekend about his devoted follower Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, accused of trying to kill President Ford, the FBI said Sunday.

FBI spokesman Tom Griffin said Manson was not much help—although he denied being part of a conspiracy to kill Mr. Ford.

"In one and a half hours we came up with absolutely nothing of any evidentiary value or any lead value either," Griffin said Sunday of the Manson interview. "We got no answers to specific questions as to the actual event or any conspiracy or plan."

He said Manson, who was questioned by two agents at San Quentin prison, was cooperative only "to the standpoint of giving out his theory on how he thinks the world should be. He's willing to talk about that."

Another Manson clan member, convicted murderer Steve Grogan, was questioned at Deuel Vocational Institution at Tracy, Calif., with similar results, Griffin said.

"Squeaky will probably try to defend herself," Sandra Good said in a weekend interview. The only circumstance under which Fromme will keep her court-appointed public defender, Good said, is "if he'll do what she tells him to do, then she'll keep him."

The pattern of demanding self-representation was set by Manson during his trial. Since then, members of his roving communal "family" have made similar requests when arrested on varying charges. They have almost always been refused.

Manson, convicted with three women followers in the 1969 Sharon Tate murders, has filed a new appeal on grounds that he was denied his right to represent himself. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision strengthened the consititutional guarantee of a defendant's right to represent himself.


Fromme, meanwhile, remained alone Sunday in a maximum-security cell at Sacramento County jail. A sheriff's spokesman said she had been issued a blue denim uniform like other prisoners, was being fed in her cell and would not be allowed to leave the cell for any reason.

She was described Sunday by one of her jailers as munching a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and explaining that she had tried to shoot President Ford because nobody was paying any attention to what she was saying.

"Well, you know," he quoted her. "When people around you treat you like a child and pay no attention to the things you say, you have to do something."

"She's in good spirits," he said.

Fromme had returned to Sacramento only last Thursday night from a visit to the San Francisco Bay area, Good said. She was unsure but suspects Fromme made another of many futile attempts to visit Manson at San Quentin.

"She's been trying to see Charlie—we've both been trying to see Charlie for five years... We both went up there about three weeks ago. We keep making phone calls, sending letters."

Their requests have been rejected.