WASHINGTON, D.C. - The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is a free man. After 35 years in a psychiatric hospital, John Hinckley, Jr. will soon be set free. A judge ruled the would-be assassin poses no threat to society.
Hinckley was just 25 years old when he fired the shots that would stun the nation and leave Reagan's press secretary, James Brady, permanently brain-damaged.
Hinckley was obsessed with the movie “Taxi Driver” and its then young star, Jodie Foster, who played a child prostitute in the film. Hinckley's obsession with Foster grew, and he repeatedly stalked her at Yale University.
In his mind, attempting to kill the president was the perfect way to get her attention.
Ronald Reagan suffered a punctured lung. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Hinckley will live with his mom in Williamsburg, Virginia for a year, under certain conditions.
- He cannot go near any member of the Reagan or Brady families.
- No speaking to the media.
- No social media accounts.....unless all his doctors say it's okay.
- He must always live within 30 miles of Williamsburg...in any direction.
The final condition is he must continue to receive mental health treatment once a month, indefinitely.
Is he ready for the outside world? Better yet....is the outside world ready for Hinckley?