Wife, mother, radical, spy. Charming, talented, enormously complex, possibly brilliant, deeply flawed, Sara Jane Moore is an unlikely assassin indeed. She began life in a wholesome, musical West Virginia family, trained as a nurse, and joined the WACs. Then she became an all-American nightmare, however. She managed to “forget” several of her children and left a trail littered with those family and friends whose lives she had wounded. Like a real-life Forrest Gump, Sally, as she liked to be called, somehow managed to meet many of the major cultural players and been present for many of the newsworthy events of the turbulent 1970s. Her intelligence, facility with the truth, and powerful charm opened doors and allowed her to talk her way into schools, jobs, and multiple marriages to professionally successful men. Eventually, it took her to the shadowy, underground San Francisco communities of the 1970s’ disaffected political left. Sally’s average, all-American looks allowed her to melt into crowds and work as an informer for the FBI while befriending everyone from seriously committed fringe radical leaders like Popeye Jackson to Randolph Hearst, father of the kidnapped Patty Hearst. Her military training aided her when it came time to coldly aim and fire a loaded pistol at the President of the United States. And her strange charm has allowed her to continue to win friends, alienate family, and mask the real events of her life after more than thirty years in federal prison. How in the world did this happen?
Causes Geri Spieler Supports
Gobal Tolerance, Village Harvest, harvesting produce for the homeless and hungry. American Lung Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters,