Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, the Charles Manson follower convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford, is moving to upstate New York, local officials said Tuesday.
Oneida County Undersheriff Peter Paravati and state police spokesman Lt. Glenn Miner said federal authorities notified their offices about Fromme moving into the area.
District Attorney Scott McNamara said he was notified by state police that the 60-year-old Fromme was moving to Marcy following her release last month after serving 34 years in federal prison.
"If she has arrived, nobody's heard from her. Nobody has seen her. Nobody's made a fuss," McNamara said.
Paravati and McNamara said they were given no other information about Fromme's move.
"I thought it was a joke at first," said the prosecutor, who added that federal authorities routinely notify local law enforcement agencies when federal parolees convicted of drug, sex or violent crimes relocate to a community.
"Obviously, it creates a concern because of the crimes she was convicted of committing," McNamara said. "But as far as us treating her any differently than anyone else, she's paid her debt to society."
She's been elusive since release
Fromme eluded the media last month as she left the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She declined a recent interview request from The Associated Press. Officials did not know of her whereabouts Tuesday.
Prison officials would not say where she planned to live or what she planned to do after more than 30 years behind bars. Some of Fromme's relatives still live in her home state of California.
U.S. Parole Commission spokesman Tom Hutchison noted again Tuesday that he could not discuss Fromme's plans. Fromme will be on supervised release for two years and must report regularly to a parole officer, he said.
In September 1975, Fromme pushed through a crowd, drew a semiautomatic .45-caliber pistol from a thigh holster and pointed it at Ford, who was shaking hands with well-wishers at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Secret Service agents grabbed her and the gun. Ford wasn't hurt.
Fromme was a college student before joining Manson's "family," where she reportedly got her nickname because of her voice. She was never implicated in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and eight others, for which Manson is serving a life term in Corcoran State Prison in California.
The news that Fromme already is, or soon could be, a neighbor came as a surprise to local residents and officials.
Town Supervisor Brian Scala said he had not been given any information and had no comment.
"I'm surprised, but not alarmed," said Raymond Maciewicz, 58, of Marcy. "It's an awful long time ago. Maybe she's repented her ways."
The town of Marcy is 55 miles east of Syracuse and includes four hamlets spread over 33 square miles with about 9,000 people. Although mostly rural, the town is home to two medium-security state prisons, the county jail and the State University of New York Institute of Technology.