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Palo Alto author captures the journey of a would-be presidential assassin from suburban mom to the fringes of '70s counterculture

Original post made on May 4, 2023

"Nobody saw her coming," says author Geri Spieler, who corresponded for 30 years with would-be presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 4, 2023, 3:01 PM

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Posted by Lydia Kou
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2023 at 4:38 pm

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Congratulations Geri!

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2023 at 5:20 pm

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I don't believe she had no intention of writing a book. Why else would a journalist/author correspond with someone like Moore for 30 years.

Posted by Rhonda MacKenzie
a resident of Community Center
on May 5, 2023 at 9:51 am

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Didn't President Ford escape two assassination attempts, the other from a Manson follower?

Posted by Geri
a resident of Midtown
on May 10, 2023 at 1:10 pm

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Hi Rhonda MacKenzie: Lynette Squeaky Fromme did wave a gun around when Pres. Ford was in Sacramento. However, she did not point the gun at him and there was no bullet in the chamber. She wanted to get arrested as she was looking to get publicity for Charlie Manson. Yes, she was a Manson woman.

Posted by Geri
a resident of Midtown
on May 10, 2023 at 1:14 pm

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Hi Jennifer: Thanks for the note. Truly, I didn't plan to write a book about Sara Jane. I kept in touch because she was fascinating. I was a journalist. Books were too difficult to write and took too long. She nagged and nagged until finally, I had left my analyst job at Gartner and had time. However, it turned out she wanted me to just be her scribe and write what she wanted. It didn't take long to figure out that what she had been telling me all that time was not true. That got my attention and she stopped talking to me when I challenged her. So, the red flags got my attention.

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