A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 15, 1975

Assassinations, even unsuccessful attempts on the lives of American leaders, strike so swiftly and frighteningly that TIME correspondents, like other journalists, need no marching orders from the home office before starting work. On the almost fatal scene with the President Friday morning was TIME'S veteran Sacramento stringer Tom Arden. As soon as Lynette Fromme's gun was wrested away, Arden began gathering eyewitness accounts of the attempt. San Francisco Bureau Chief Joseph Boyce took off for Sacramento and covered Fromme's midafternoon arraignment. Correspondent John Austin remained in San Francisco gathering background material. The Los Angeles bureau managed to obtain some unpublished memoirs...

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