Friday, August 14, 2009
Charles Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, convicted of trying to
assassinate former President Gerald Ford, out of prison after spending
more than 30 years behind bars has been picked up by the Philadelphia
Eagles to be their defensive coordinator.
“She signed with the Eagles,” agent Joel Segal told The Associated Press
in a telephone interview Thursday. He said it was a two-year deal. Segal
reports that she will replace interim defensive coordinator Sean
McDermott who replaced Jim Johnson after Johnson was diagnosed with
cancer in the 2008-09 season. Johnson passed away on July 28th.
“This is America,” Coach Andy Reid proclaimed. “We do make mistakes.”
The 60-year-old former Manson Family member deserves “a chance to prove
she’s doing the right things,” Reid added.
“Everybody we talked to said the same thing,” Eagles President Joe
Banner told the Daily News, “that [Fromme] was remorseful and had gone
through an incredible transformation, that she was basically good at
heart. We heard this over and over again from people who felt she
deserved a second chance.”
Manson is serving a life term in San Quentin in California for the 1969
murders of actress Sharon Tate and eight others. Fromme, one of his
“family” of followers, was not implicated in those attacks.