Saturday, July 30, 2016

THE RELEASE OF JOHN W. HINCKLEY JR


THE RELEASE OF JOHN W. HINCKLEY JR.

 John W. Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be allowed to live permanently with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Va., leaving the psychiatric hospital where he has been imprisoned for several decades, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.


 John Hinckley at a hearing on April 15, 1987 (Hinckley seated at defense table). A hospital request that Hinckley be allowed an unescorted Easter visit with his family. A psychiatrist testified that Hinckley was no longer obsessed with Jodie Foster or saw himself as a hero for shooting president Reagan. The hospital rapidly withdrew its request, however, after a psychiatrist reported that Hinckley was pen pals with serial killer Ted Bundy, then on death row. Hinckley also was reportedly romantically involved with  woman who killed her sleeping baby with a shotgun. At the Easter visit hearing, Hinckley was represented by attorney Vincent Fuller. Federal District Judge Barrington D. Parker presided as Hinckley’s loyal parents looked on. Artwork by Aggie Kenny




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