Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme by Jess Bravin

Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme

By Jess Bravin

In 1975, Lynette Fromme wrote her name into history, when she aimed a loaded gun at then-president Gerald Ford. This biography, which arrives twenty years later, attempts to answer some of the many questions surrounding Squeaky, as well as reconstructing the ill-fated atmosphere that encircled the family. With objectivity, Jess Bravin unmasks the person behind the cult member. An excellent book.

Book Description: In the early 1950s, Lynette Fromme’s world was more or less a paint-by-numbers existence that millions of other suburban children were living in Southern California. Red-haired, freckled, and convivial, she was the child of an in absentia workaholic father and a reclusive mother. She sang in the school choir and her dance troupe performed before President Eisenhower. As a young teenager she wrote forlorn poetry. Beyond her neighborhood, the counter-culture of Los Angeles was thriving. Lynette began getting interested in, then became attracted to, the freedoms of that world. Little by little, she began losing her way…. That day on the beach marked Lynette’s introduction to the world of shade. Charles Manson, freshly released from prison, became her guide to illegal drugs and social outcasts. Over the course of a decade, Lynette would change until she found herself imprisoned for the term of her natural life in the custody of the Attorney General of the United States for attempting to assassinate then-president Gerald Ford. Meticulously researched for over three and a half years, with hundreds of interviews and thousands of pages of testimony to review, in Squeaky author Jess Bravin has created a psychosocial masterpiece of one American girl who ran away, and ran too far.

Pages: 432

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; 1st edition (May 15, 1997)

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2 Responses to Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme by Jess Bravin

  1. Lemonhead says:

    This book makes you almost feel sorry for Fromme. She had a basic 1950’s style upbringing, complete with an a-hole for a father, who ignored her, and (might have) sexually abused her. All & all a good read. After reading this, it is no wonder the woman, who is nicknamed “Squeaky” is f*cked up in the head, and worships a mental midget.

  2. Fred Bloggs says:

    Squeaky was the first Family member I was ever aware of, back when I was 12 and she made the UK news for pointing a gun at President Ford. At the time I wasn’t aware of or interested in Manson, the Family, Vince Bugliosi, Tate/LaBianca etc but 3 years later when I read “Helter Skelter” an interest began that extends to this day.
    I’ve long found Squeaky a truly interesting character without her ever jumping off the page the way the others do and Jess Bravin’s book is a well balanced look at her life. Because Lyn had no part in it {it’s an unauthorised biog}, it’s always going to be hard to know how much is poetic licence, how much is factual truth but spun into Jess’s distortions {and therefore emerging as Bravin supposition}, how much is made up and how much is bang on the nail. But I thoroughly enjoyed the book and felt that Bravin treats his subject fairly.
    As much as the Family ’67 -’70 period is the reason I picked the book up in the first place, I found the post trial period actually the more fascinating. Squeaky emerges as easily the hardest to understand of all the women that came into Charlie’s sphere, primarily because she stayed there, even when she hadn’t spoken with him for years. In fact one could argue that she got more detatched from reality the longer she was away from him.
    Bravin shines an interesting light on her family background and I found myself getting really angry with her Dad. I wonder if he ever took any responsibility for the road his daughter travelled….
    However, this is a book that I would heartily recommend. How much the book truly helps one to understand Lynette Fromme is hard to gauge.

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