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Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme: I'm Still in Love With Manson

Former Manson Family member speaks out in new docu-series
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2019 6:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme apparently has no qualms about falling in love with Charles Manson and joining his cult: "Was I in love with Charlie? Yeah. Oh yeah. Oh, still am. Still am. I don't think you fall out of love," a smiling Fromme said on Tuesday's episode of ABC's documentary series 1969, which focused on the Manson Family cult and the murders the group carried out. Fromme, who said she was "very honored" to have met Manson, also talked about why she got involved with him and insisted he "never ordered me" to do anything. As for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders (Fromme was not involved in any of the group's murders), she had this to say of Sharon Tate's slaying: "At the time, it was just one more person who was being killed. I'm telling you, when the war is very visible, and conflict in the streets is visible, I determined not to make judgments."

Per Oxygen, Fromme, now 70, also said Manson was "misunderstood." On the other end of the spectrum, per Jezebel, was another former Manson Family member, Dianne Lake, who, like Fromme, fell in with Manson as a young teen. Per Heavy, Lake was the youngest member of the Manson Family. In 1969, Lake expressed remorse over her involvement with the cult (she was a witness for the prosecution in the case against Manson) and noted, "I feel very strongly that it's only by the grace of God that I was protected throughout this, and I was a victim. You know, I was abused, I was neglected, I was abandoned ... I hope that my story will help tell a cautionary tale." (Fromme also tried to assassinate Gerald Ford.)

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