Reporter Received Death Threat From Charles Manson Follower 'Squeaky' Fromme

The Rich Zeoli Show
August 08, 2019 - 11:19 am

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PHILADELPHIA (1210 WPHT)- Journalist Ivor Davis has covered Charles Manson and his followers since the murder of Sharon Tate in 1969. However, Davis may have come a little too close to the story.

In an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show, Davis recalled a close encounter with Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme.

"Before she tried to assassinate Gerald Ford, she actually met me...just outside the courtroom on the first day of the trial," Davis recalled.  "She knew that I was not pro-Manson. She knew I had written a very quick book about the Manson family's madness. 

"And she sweetly came up to me and said, 'Hey, Ivor. Do you know what it's liked to have a very sharp knife slipped down your throat?'"

According to Davis, he rushed back to his home. "I told my wife to leave the house with my one-year-old daughter, and they stayed somewhere else," said Davis.

"The Manson family who was not in jail were still capable of violence. I knew it," Davis explained. "And in fact, they did violent things to people but they were not in jail."
Davis said he not only encountered Fromme, but also actress Sharon Tate, a victim of Manson's followers. "I had interviewed her a year before she was murdered when she was on the movie Valley of the Dolls," said Davis.

Davis praised Margot Robbie's portrayal of Tate in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

"She was a Barbie doll," Davis exclaimed. "She was a sweet, innocent young actress. And that was the way she was back then.

"She was perfect as Sharon."

Listen to the full interview with Ivor Davis below.