From the Los Angeles Times, September 9, 1975:
Fromme's "Sugar Daddy"
Friend, 66, Gave Gun to Manson Girl
SACRAMENTO (UPI)—The gun used in the attempted assassination of President Ford was given to suspect Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme by Harold Boro, 66, a "sugar daddy" to members of the Manson family, it was disclosed today.
U.S. Attorney D. Dwayne Keyes revealed Boro's identity, but refused to elaborate on his relationship with Fromme, 26, charged with the attempted murder of the President.
However, a state government source said intelligence reports indicated Boro was "a sugar daddy to those people, probably a source of their money."
An FBI agent said Fromme obtained the .45-caliber automatic pistol along with a half a box of ammunitionseveral months ago after telling Boro she felt she needed a gun for her own protection in the apartment house where she lives with two roommates.
Former neighbors of Boro said Fromme visited the elderly man on at least three occasions and he apparently loaned his Cadillac to her and later purchaced a red 1973 Volkswagon for her after she wrecked the Cadillac.
Pam Cooper, daughter of Boro's former landlady, said he described the gun as a "WWII keepsake."
He moved July 12 from Sacramento to the gold rush community of Jackson, about 40 miles southeast of Sacramento.
Sandra Good, a fellow Manson cultist and Fromme's roomate was asked about Boro's relationship with the two women, and replied, "That's none of your business."
The gun did not fire. Authorities said there was no bullet in the firing chamber.
Keyes said Boro had been interviewed by FBI agents, but that there are no plans to file charges against him at this time.
Boro was not available for comment.
The name "Boro" previously had entered the case on the envelope of a letter written by convicted mass murderer Charles Manson on Aug. 23 from San Quentin prison to several state legislators. The name "Kay Boro" and a Sacramento address were on the envelope.
It was not known immediately whether Kay and Harold Boro were related.
Meanwhile, California Atty. Gen. Evelle Younger said the Secret Service apparently did not contact state officials about Fromme's background prior to the incident.
Earlier, Keyes said the gun's owner was aware Fromme had the pistol in her possession. But Keyes refused to disclose the owner's name, saying only: "We do not believe it (the weapon) has a criminal history."
He did confirm today a report by columnist Jack Anderson that the gun was owned by Harold Boro, but provided scant additional details.
The gun was manufactured in 1914 and sent to the Rock Island arsenal. The army in recent years has stopped selling handguns as surplus, said Rex D. Davis, director of the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
"Generally, they are reducing them for scrap now so that they can't be repaired," Davis said.
He also said the Colt .45 is "not really a highly popular crime gun. It's rather large, and not easily concealed."