". . . during Manson's childhood in West Virginia, his mother was a prostitute, and Charlie's mom was a friend of another prostitute who just so happened to be the mother of Sara Jane Moore, who later attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford. In fact, Charlie and Sara Jane Moore were childhood friends. Later Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme attempted to assassinate Ford, as well. These were just many of the strange coincidences, synchronicities, or, dare I say it, conspiracies that I happened upon during the course of my research."
From an account of Moore's parole (it's funny how the conspiracies all link):
"Her attempt on Ford's life came less than three weeks after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a devotee of Charles Manson, mastermind of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles, also tried to kill Ford, pulling out a handgun but failing to get off a shot when he made an appearance in Sacramento."
"On Feb. 4, 1974, a group of revolutionaries called the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, who morphed into a machine-gun-wielding terrorist and joined her captors for more than 19 months on the run. (The Hearst Corp. now owns The Chronicle.)
When the SLA demanded that Hearst's father, Randolph Hearst, feed poor people, a $2 million food giveaway program called "People In Need" was created.
Moore, an accountant who was already steeped in the Bay Area's radical politics, volunteered to be the group's bookkeeper. At the time, she was also an FBI informant, but apparently never rose far in the bureau's arsenal of snitches. That was in early 1974.
On Sept. 5, 1975, Fromme made the first assassination attempt on Ford. Thirteen days later, Hearst and the remaining SLA members were captured in San Francisco. Four days later, Moore tried to shoot Ford."
From a 1975 article in Time (PIN is 'People in Need'):
"While at PIN, she had struck up a friendship with Wilbert ("Popeye") Jackson, the black ex-convict who had formed the United Prisoners Union, dedicated to advancing prison reform. (He was gunned down in San Francisco on June 8 by unknown assassins.) Popeye, hinting at contacts with the S.L.A., approached Randolph Hearst with an offer to intercede for Patty's release. Sensing an opportunity, Moore managed to become the go-between in the dealings. It was a role that caught the attention of FBI agents, who thought she might provide useful information. According to her account (see box), the FBI hired her in the spring of 1974 and gave her a code name and control officer.
Sara Jane hung around the U.P.U. offices, answering phones and trying to ingratiate herself. But Popeye's blatant sexual activities offended her sensibilities. She also grew weary of being conned for money by him and got angry when he damaged her auto. She decided he was not sincere about trying to help free Patty. Her verdict: "He did what he wanted to, and to hell with the rest of the world."
The FBI assigned Moore a new target: a still unidentified radical leader whom she called Tom.
Soon, under Tom's tutelage, she found herself increasingly attracted to Maoist and Marxist ideas. She attended movies, discussions and seminars, often dragging along her son. Finally, she asked to join Tom's study group, and as an earnest of her sincerity, told Tom about her role as an FBI informant. Tom replied that while he believed her conversion, he would have to take the matter up with his colleagues. She recollected: "I was afraid of Tom's group, and I was afraid of the bureau if they found out I told Tom."
Word of Moore's FBI connection spread through the radical community, and she was ostracized. Whenever she attended meetings, she was surrounded by a circle of empty seats. She sought to counteract her alienation by making a full confession of her past links to the FBI. To reporters, radio interviewers and anyone else who would listen, she would pour forth self-criticism and expound on Marxist and Maoist theories. Whereupon both the FBI and the radicals dropped her entirely. Still longing for the thrills of clandestine work, she cultivated ties with San Francisco police, who in turn put her in touch with the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms."
I'm in an 'old school' frame of mind. More like this later.