Assassinated Presidents

Scroll down to see articles about the U.S. presidents who died in office, and the backgrounds and motivations of their assassins

Scroll down to see articles about the U.S. presidents who died in office, and the backgrounds and motivations of their assassins


Squeaky Fromme

Squeaky Fromme: The Woman Who Almost Killed Ford

The following article on Squeaky Fromme is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In March 1976, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a “disciple” of hippie leader Charles Manson, left her apartment in Sacramento concealing…

Gerald Ford Assassination Attempts

Gerald Ford Assassination Attempts

The following article on Gerald Ford assassination attempts is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  There were many Gerald Ford assassination attempts during his short presidency. Here are some of the "highlights."…

Sara Jane Moore

Sara Jane Moore: Radical Would-Be Ford Assassin

The following article on Sara Jane Moore is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Sara Jane Moore was a deranged forty-five-year-old West Virginian who had five broken marriages behind her and four…

The Alphabet Bomber

Alphabet Bomber: President Ford’s Most Dangerous Threat

The following article on the Alphabet Bomber is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Perhaps the most dangerous threatener during the Ford years was a twenty-eight-year-old Yugoslavian immigrant Muharem Kurbegovic. The Secret…

nixon assassination attempt

Nixon Assassination: Attempts on the President’s Life

The following article on attempts at the Nixon assassination is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Nixon Assassination Threats More than a hundred people each year were detained by agents and uniformed…

Samuel Byck

Samuel Byck: Would-Be Nixon Assassin

The following article on Samuel Byck is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Samuel Byck was one of those rare would-be assassins who make direct threats against the president before putting…

Why Was Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated?

The following article on Robert F. Kennedy assassinated is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The risk of assassination faced by Johnson diminished in his final two years as president. As opposition…

robert watts

Robert Watts: Militant and Would-be LBJ Assassin

The following article on Robert Watts is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  President Johnson’s efforts to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act attracted threats from race-hate…

lbj personality

LBJ’s Personality: Profile in Intimidation

The following article on LBJ's personality is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  President Lyndon B. Johnson had a notoriously caustic personality. He famously bullied senators into falling in line on votes…

lbj killed kennedy

LBJ Killed Kennedy: The Conspiracy Theory

The following article on the conspiracy theory that LBJ killed Kennedy is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  According to Secret Service Director James Rowley, LBJ faced a greater threat than…

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