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From the archive: Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme's attempted assassination of Gerald Ford

President Gerald Ford is shielded by the Secret Service after an assassination attempt by LynetteThe Sacramento Bee via AP, file
A Sacramento police official holds the 0.45-caliber gun that Lynette Fromme pointed at President Ford.Police via The Sacramento Bee / AP, file

In video footage made public for the first time on Monday, President Gerald Ford recalls the moment a would-be assassin approached him in a crowded Sacramento park on September 5, 1975:

"It was simply the hand with the weapon in it, at a height between my knee and my waist, approximately," Ford said. He then described a frantic moment when a security agent seized the suspect and Ford was rushed away.

When asked if he saw the face of who was holding the gun, he answered, "No, I did not."

Secret Service agents put handcuffs on Lynette Fromme. The agent holding Fromme at center, wearing dark glasses, is Larry Bruendorf.AP, file

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a Charles Manson disciple, was arrested and sentenced under a law covering assaults on U.S. presidents. She was released from prison in 2009.

A second woman fired a gun at Ford seventeen days after Fromme's attempt. Again, he was unhurt. He died in 2006 at the age of 93 — having become America's longest-living president.

Read the full story and watch the video of Gerald Ford's testimony.

Secret Service agents lead Lynette Fromme away.AP, file
Lynette Fromme looks out from a police car following her arrest.AP, file
Lynette Fromme sits in an interrogation room shortly after her capture, with an empty holster still strapped to her leg.Police via The Sacramento Bee / AP, file
Lynette Fromme arrives at the Federal Court for a hearing in Sacramento on Oct. 21, 1975. Fromme requested the president be required to appear as a defense witness at her trial.AP, file