Police are piecing together the movements of SaraJane Moore who was arrested on Monday (22 September) shortly after she tried to kill President Gerald Ford in San Francisco.
LV President Ford comes out of building and walks towards car
LV Frozen frame of Ford on hearing shot
SV PAN FROM Ford TO security men rushing at assassin
SV Frozen frame of security men approaching woman in crowd
CU Photo of Sara-Jane Moore
GV Apartment where Miss Moore lives
SV ZOOM IN Locals reading paper featuring Ford shooting story
SV People in front of Moore's house
SV Reporter and policemen (2 shots)
CU Patrolman Jim Balobuch speaks
LV (SILENT) Ms Moore being put in car after court hearing
CU President Ford speaking
"....is before the shot was fired. This is the frozen instant of shock that followed the single shot from a thirty-eight and then the speed of movement to get the president away and get to Sara-Jane Moore. The line of police moved in on a small woman across the street and then the question--Who is Sara-Jane-Moore? The facts began to emerge: age forty -- five the mother of an eight year old son. She lived in this apartment in San Francisco's mission district but she'd made few friends here. She was a loner. The neighbours today were just beginning to learn about her. The contrast between the radical groupie operating on the fringes of several organisations and the F.B.I. informer who'd received several hundred dollars for information about radical groups. Sunday Sara-Jane Moore called San Francisco police and said she was going to test the system. Sunday she was found carrying a concealed weapon."
"Well she was placed under arrest at that time and brought into the station. By our procedure we ran a check on the woman and found that she had no prior criminal record and consequently the gun was taken from her and booked as property and she was cited and released."
"I don't think any person.... (INAUDIBLE) .... into their own hands."
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This film is serviced with an English commentary by N.B.C. reporter RICK DAVIS, a transcript of which appears overleaf.
REPORTER: RICK DAVIS
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Background: Police are piecing together the movements of SaraJane Moore who was arrested on Monday (22 September) shortly after she tried to kill President Gerald Ford in San Francisco. She was remanded in prison in lieu of 500,000 dollars (U.S.A.) bail.
Miss Moore is the second woman to try to assassinate the president this month. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, is also in prison awaiting trial on an attempted assassination charge.
On Sunday Miss Moore rang the San Francisco police and said she was going to "test the system". She was taken into the station and found to be carrying a concealed weapon but was released later when police decided she was not potentially dangerous. It has since ben revealed that she is a known leftwing radical and an F.B.I. informer.
As the story unfolds the U.S. Secret Service is becoming increasingly worried about the President's meet-the-people tour, which he still refuses to abandon despite the attempts on his life.
Treasury Secretary, William Simon, said in Washington on Wednesday (24 September) that the Secret Service is continually examining presidential protection methods. Security around the President is already intense--a total of 1,380 agents are employed and at least six or seven are always within a arm's length of him whenever he leaves the White House.
Despite these elaborate precautions many Americans are wondering how to make their President assassination-proof without actually locking him away from public view.