On the morning of September 5, 1975, Fromme went to Sacramento’s Capitol Park (reportedly to plead with President Gerald Ford about the plight of the California redwoods) dressed in a nun-like red robe and armed with a Colt M1911 .45 semi-automatic pistol that she pointed at Ford. The pistol’s magazine was loaded with four rounds, but there was no cartridge in the chamber. She was immediately restrained by Larry Buendorf, a Secret Service agent.
While being further restrained and handcuffed, Fromme managed to say a few sentences to the on-scene cameras, emphasizing that the gun “didn’t go off”. In 1980, Fromme told The Sacramento Bee that she had deliberately ejected the cartridge in her weapon’s chamber before leaving home that morning.
Moore had been evaluated by the Secret Service earlier in 1975, but agents decided that she posed no danger to the President. She had been picked up by police on an illegal handgun charge the day before the Ford incident, but was released. The police confiscated her .44 caliber revolver and 113 rounds of ammunition.
Seventeen days after Fromme’s arrest, Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Moore was restrained by bystander Oliver Sipple, a decorated veteran, and the single shot fired from her gun slightly injured taxi driver John Ludwig, who was standing inside the hotel.
On December 31, 2007, at age 77, Moore was released from prison on parole after serving 32 years of her life sentence.
Aubree Peterson (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme) is blown away to be cast in such an amazing show. She is a 2014 University High School grad and has been seen on various stages around the area. Favorite roles include Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, & Little Sally in Urinetown.
She would like to thank Abbey, George & Zack for believing in her, & YOU for supporting the arts! Enjoy the show!
Christina Coty (Sara Jane Moore) is incredibly excited to be returning to the Modern Theater stage! She is honored to be part of such a wonderfully talented cast in such a powerful show. Favorite roles include Pennywise in Urinetown, Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joanne in Rent and The Bakers Wife in Into the Woods. Thank you to her friends and family for their continued support. Especially Chris who understands this crazy theater world and continues supporting it! Enjoy the show!