February 17, 2009

SOMEHOW THEY WERE THE SORTS OF ASSASSINS HE WARRANTED:

REVIEW: Of Taking Aim at the President:
The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford By Geri Spieler
(Steve Weinberg, SF Chronicle)

On Sept. 22, 1975, a seemingly unremarkable 45-year-old named Sara Jane Moore shot at President Gerald Ford in San Francisco. She missed, but only by about 6 inches. Wrestled to the ground and disarmed, Moore insisted she was not insane, refused a trial and pleaded guilty.

Sentenced to life in prison, she never fully repented and never fully explained her assassination attempt. In 2007, at age 77, Moore walked out of prison a free woman, assuming she met the conditions of her supervised parole.

The month after her arrest, Moore sent a handwritten note to Geri Spieler, then a Los Angeles newspaper journalist. Three months later, Spieler visited her. They stayed in touch after that.

Spieler relies heavily on their acquaintanceship in "Taking Aim at the President," an unusual book about an unusual criminal.


One of the saddest aspects of these bizarre events was that President Ford may have been saved when an ex-Marine knocked Sara Jane Moore's arm upwards as she fired and, for his service to his country, the press rewarded the man by printing the despicable Harvey Milk's revelation that the hero was a closeted homosexual.

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