this day in crime history: march 30, 1981

On this date in 1981, a pathetic loser named John Hinckley, Jr. made a play for the attention of actress Jodie Foster by attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan and three others were wounded in the attempt. Hinckley, who wound up buried under a mountain of Secret Service agents and cops, was arrested at the scene. He was later found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was confined to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC, and is now allowed out to visit his mommy several times a year. Still no date with Jodie Foster, though. Keep the faith, Johnny, she’ll be stopping by any day now.

Further reading:

The Trial of John Hinckley

Wikipedia – Reagan assassination attempt

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: march 30, 1981

  1. John D.:
    This “kindler, gentler” society of ours, he’s now OUT of institutionalization, and home with mommy full time. But, he does have to “work”: 3 days a week now.

    He can even DRIVE 30 miles from mom’s house (50 miles IF “attended”.)
    Insanity sure isn’t what it USED to be…is it?

    Good story and links.

    Stay safe out there.


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