Actually, there were two separate assassination attempts on Gerald Ford at nearly the same time. Both in California.
Originally Posted by Swift
One of them, the one of which you're probably thinking, was, in fact, a conspiracy, albeit not a very coherent one. (Stephen Sondheim summed up the motivation as "so there would be a trial, and Charlie could go on television, and he would save the world!") This conspiracy was between two members of the Manson Family, as well as a few others brought in to buy the guns. The actual trigger woman, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, is currently serving a very long sentence indeed. She spends her time trying to save the environment through needlework. (No, really.)
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