Two Women Attempted To Kill Gerald Ford
Published: February 20, 2012
Two Women Attempted To Kill Gerald Ford, Video of an interview with Sara Jane More first broadcast on NBC on Thursday.Sara Jane Moore, the would-be assassin of Gerald Ford back in 1975, may have missed out on much of American cultural life while she was in prison for three decades.
Still, she learned along the way that television has become the new confessional, the place to express your regret for the past and try to redeem yourself for the future.
And so today, at 79, the aging radical gave her first television interview since her release from prison in December 2007.
She has been living anonymously in an undisclosed location since her release, but came out to Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show. (Video of the complete interview is embedded above.)
Asked why she was doing this now, Ms. Moore said: “I think that one gets tired of being thought of as a kook, a monster, an alien, something like that,” adding: “There has been a lot of curiosity. I thought, OK, let’s do it.”
Mr. Lauer asked about how the people in her town might react when they learn about her past. “I hope they’re OK with it,” she said.
She said that when she pulled the gun on Ford — and it was knocked out of her hand by a bystander — she believed that the only way to change the country was through violent revolution. But today, she says, realizes that her actions were wrong, and a “serious error.”
She was tossed in prison for life but was released on parole under a federal law that requires release after 30 years if the prisoner has a record of good behavior. (Her fellow would-be Ford assassin, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who tried to fire at Ford 17 days before Ms. Moore did, remains locked up because she has not had a record of good behavior, having tried to escape, among other things.)
Anyway, when Ms. Moore was arrested, she insisted that she had tried to assassinate Ford because she wanted to create chaos.
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