The Mystery of Life

Alternate post title: When Life Isn’t

First, the story:

The Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford was released Friday from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars, a prison official said.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was just 26 years old when she pointed a semiautomatic .45- caliber pistol at Ford in September 1975 in Sacramento, Calif. Secret Service agents grabbed her and Ford was unhurt.


Fromme, who got a life term, became the first person sentenced under a special federal law covering assaults on U.S. presidents, a statute enacted after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

(I remember both Ford assassination attempts, by the way.)

Anyhow, so she was sentenced to a life term, served a few years over 30, and is now free.

For quite a while in America, life hasn’t meant what it’s supposed to mean. (When does life end?!)

Which begs a question with an entirely different point: What do you know about real life and real living?

Source: The Oregonian

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