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Description: LYNETTE FROMME (b. 1948) "Squeaky", follower of Charles Manson, later attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford, failing to get a shot off when her gun jammed. Partial A.L., 2pp. 8vo., [n.p., n.d., likely Alderson, WV, 1985], to CHARLES MANSON discussing his autobiography "Manson in His Own Words" being co-written by journalist Nuel Emmons. She writes, in part: "Dear CM, I wrote a shitty letter which you probably have by now. I feel that Mel's [Emmons'] book will be so much his own projections on top of you that it would make us cringe...People can say Helter Skelter is maybe B.S. because the D.A. wrote it but when you sit down day after day with a man, you must trust him, therefore what the man writes must be the real sory & truth about Manson..." The letter has been torn vertically in half, likely by Manson, and repaired with cello tape. It was found enclosed in an envelope addressed to Emmons by Manson and bearing Manson's signature in the return address, Tamal, Nov. 12, 1985, along with a 2pp. 24mo. explanatory A.L.S. by CHARLES MANSON (1934-2017). In part: "Mel, a change of heart. I got her letter before she got the reply to the one that said never more. So & so do such & such. I was gonna send the other one but I throwed it out. But this is to let you know we are still in business..." Very good. Apparently, Fromme's letter convinced Manson to continue his collaboration with Emmons on their joint projects. From the estate of Manson's biographer NUEL (MELTON) EMMONS (1927-2002), who had once been jailed with and later befriended Manson. He co-wrote "Manson in His Own Words" and during their collaboration, Manson gave Emmons some of his personal correspondence.

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November 21, 2019 10:00 AM EST

Chesapeake City, MD, US

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