Before Sentencing Sara Jane Moore (b. 1930)

Unsuccessfully married five times, mother of four children, Sarah Jane Moore was the picture of mental instability. Moore entered and dropped out of nursing school, joined the Women's Army Corps, then became a CPA. At age 42, Sara abandoned marriage and career to immerse herself in counter-culture lifestyle and revolutionary politics of the day. Soon after going underground, she was recruited by th FBI to gain information on the Patty Hearst kidnapping. It became known that she was an FBI spy, and her radical friends turned against her. Seeking to re-connect with them, she attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford with a .38 Smith and Wesson on September 22, 1975 (17 days after "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt) as he left the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Ford was saved by a bystander, Oliver Sipple, who grabbed Moore's arm when he saw the gun, causing the bullet to ricochet off a wall and wound a cab driver.

Prior to the attack, Sarah Jane Moore wrote the following poem:

"Hold-Hold, still my hand.
Steady my eye, chill my heart,
And let my gun sing for the people.
Scream their anger, cleanse with their
And kill this monster."

Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to attempted Presidential assassination, and was also sentenced to life in prison. In her own words, "There comes a point when the only way you can make a statement is to pick up a gun."

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