this day in crime history: september 22, 1975


On this date in 1975, 45 year old Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in San Francisco, CA.  The attempt–which came seventeen days after Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme tried to kill the President–was foiled by a bystander named Oliver Sipple (he’s the man on the left in the photo above, reaching for the gun).  Sipple, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, grabbed the gun as Moore pointed it at President Ford.  The gun discharged, but the bullet missed the President.

Moore had previously been investigated by the Secret Service, but they concluded she was not a threat.  Well, nobody’s perfect, not even the feds.  She was arrested on an illegal weapons charge the day before the assassination attempt, but was released by the police.  I guess the local cops aren’t perfect either.

Sara Jane Moore was convicted of attempted assassination and sentenced to life in prison.  She was paroled on December 31, 2007 at the age of 77.

Further reading:

Time – “The Assailant: The Making of a Misfit”

Wikipedia – Sara Jane Moore


5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 22, 1975

  1. John D.:
    “Nobody’s perfect…not even the feds”.
    Ain’t THAT the truth…lol.

    And the local cops RELEASED her too…wow, talk about a crime waiting to happen (and it apparently DID, just not the way SHE intended).
    Sorry to here she was paroled.

    Guess she must be on the “down low” these days?
    (let’s hope so – last thing we need us another attempt with a cane or walker!)

    Nice find.

    Roll safe out there.


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