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The criminal Sara Jane Moore, born February 15, 1930, in Charleston, attempted to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford on September 22, 1975, in San Francisco. Moore, whose maiden name was Sara Jane Kahn, graduated from Charleston’s Stonewall Jackson High School in 1947. She later moved to California, where she joined left-wing groups and became an FBI informant.

Three weeks before Moore attempted to shoot President Ford, Charles Manson associate Lynette ‘‘Squeaky’’ Fromme had also tried to assassinate the president. Like Fromme, Moore received a life sentence and was taken to the Federal Penitentiary for Women at Alderson in Greenbrier County. Moore’s assassination attempt has not been linked to the earlier attempt by Fromme. In February 1979, Moore escaped from Alderson but was captured three hours later. She was sentenced to an additional three years on the escape charge. Later, she was transferred to a federal prison in Dublin, California. Moore was released from prison on December 31, 2007, “to an undisclosed location” after serving 32 years of her life sentence. She later emerged from seclusion to do high profile interviews with various news media.

Last Revised on December 08, 2015


Encyclopedia of Assassinations. New York: Facts on File, 1991.

Attempt to Assassinate Ford like Invitation to Mrs. Moore. Charleston Gazette, 9/26/1975.

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