From the Chicago Tribune, November 13, 1975:

Fromme Judge Told Weird Plot

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Cal. [AP]—A witness in the Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme trial said Wednesday that she ordered him to kill the president of Kaiser Industries and his wife, paint their bodies pink, and stuff an aerosol spray can in the man's mouth.

Edward Vandervort of York, Pa., testifying with the jury absent, said he told the FBI that Miss Fromme also said something to him about killing President Ford.

Vandervort said he corresponded with Miss Fromme and talked to her by phone, but had never met her.


MISS FROMME, 27, a follower of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, is on trial in federal court charged with attempting to kill President Ford when he visited Sacramento Sept. 5.

Judge Thomas MacBride is to rule whether Vandervort will be allowed to testify about a phone call he allegedly received from Miss Fromme.

Vandervort said the June 21 call confirmed a letter he got from Miss Fromme in Sacramento telling him to kill Kaiser president William Roesch and his wife.

"Do not threaten to kill him first. Kill him. Destroy him, get him and the wife however you can," said the letter, read in court by United States Atty. Dwayne Keyes.


THE LETTER ALSO told Vandervort to use gloves, paint the bodies pink, and leave an aerosol can in Roesch's mouth.

He said he was told Roesch was living in Bridgeville, Pa. Kaiser officials said he lives in Oakland, where the firm is headquartered.

Kaiser manufactures products with aerosol sprays and the company color is pink, officials said.


MANSON IS SERVING a life sentence for masterminding the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles.

Miss Fromme for the third consecutive day blindfolded herself and had to be carried into the courtroom. She again refused to promise that she would not disrupt proceedings and was then escorted to a courthouse cell where she could watch the trial on closed-circuit television.