President Reagan shootist John Hinckley wants to be free, join a band and date his new girlfriend
John Hinckley, 59, the man who in 1981 shot President Ronald Reagan and three other men (Jim Brady was shot in the head), wants to be in a band. Hinckley has been living in a psychiatric hospital ever since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity to the shooting. (He did it to woo actress Jodie Foster.)
Now that Hinkley has a more accesible lover and has been out for extended periods without trying to murder anyone – for 17 days each month since 2013, Hinkley stays at his aged mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia – he wants his freedom.
At Hinkley’s latest appeal, lawyer Barry Wm. Levine, told U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington:
“The psychosis and major depression that made Mr. Hinckley dangerous in 1981 have been in full and stable remission for over two full decades. There is no dispute that Mr. Hinckley is clinically ready for the next step in treatment, which is convalescent leave.”
The Associated Press adds:
Dr. Giorgi-Guarnieri testified Friday during court hearings that will ultimately determine whether and under which conditions John Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to live full time outside a mental hospital. Giorgi-Guarnieri says Hinckley should be allowed to start the band but not perform publicly.
Who’d want to join that band?
Spotter: Steve Silberman]