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The Squeaky Fromme wheel gets the grease

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was released from prison early today after serving 34 years for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975. She committed her crime as a follower of Charles Manson, who was not released from prison early today, and 99.99999999999999999999997% likely will not be released from prison early ever. (Such is life, and such is a death-commuted-to-life-without-parole sentence.)

This inspired a search of our content for biographies that reference Manson — we did it using Advanced Search via keyword. We found 17 narrative biographies, including five for Manson himself. Other results included Nuel Emmons, who co-wrote Manson in His Own Words; Ed Sanders, who wrote The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion; Dary Matera, who wrote Taming the Beast: Charles Manson’s Life behind Bars; Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson; Bradley Steffens, who wrote The Trial of Charles Manson: California Cult Murders; David Dalton, who interviewed Manson for a Rolling Stone article; Charlie Rose, who interviewed Manson for his television show; and Michael Pellowski, who wrote The Charles Manson Murder Trial. We also found 16 brief biographies. If the search is changed to full-text, it results in 150 narrative biographies and 65 brief biographies — including a narrative biography on Fromme (“Charles Manson” does not appear in this entry until the biography proper, which is why it is not picked up by a keyword search).

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Posted on: August 14, 2009, 3:49 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , ,

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  1. Thank you for mentioning my and Craig Staples’ book The Trial of Charles Manson in your post. Readers are welcome to see a picture of the book, read a review, and order an autographed copy, if they like. I was living a few blocks away from the “Yellow Submarine” house that The Family had rented on Ingomar Street in Canoga Park when the murders happened. I was about to enter ninth grade at Sutter Junior High in August of 1969. The shock to the city has not been overstated, but the sadness of the loss of the young, vibrant victims no doubt has been understated, lost in the mists of time.

  2. Thank you for mentioning my and Craig Staples’ book, The Trial of Charles Manson in your post. Interested readers are welcome to visit my site to see the book, read a brief review of it, and order an autographed copy if they like. I grew up less than a half mile from the “Yellow Submarine” house Manson rented on Ingomar Street in Canoga Park, and a couple of Manson’s followers went to my high school, a couple grades ahead of me. I was about to enter my ninth grade year at Sutter Junior High when the murders occurred. The shock to the city has not been overstated, but the sadness of losing so many vibrant young people in the primes of their lives no doubt has been understated.

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