Ford Would-Be Assassin to Be Paroled
|Ms. Fromme was an early follower of Charles Manson, the architect of seven murders in California in 1969. She had been arrested more than a dozen times before Sept. 5, 1975, in Sacramento, when she pointed a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol at Mr. Ford from about two feet away. A Secret Service agent, Larry M. Buendorf, grabbed the gun with one hand and Ms. Frommeâ€™s arm with the other, causing the gun to fall to the ground.
The pistol held a loaded magazine, but there was no cartridge in the chamber, so the gun would not have immediately fired.