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Reagan's Would-be Assassin Is Officially a Free Man

John Hinckley Jr. released from psychiatric hospital Saturday

(Newser) - After 35 years in a psychiatric hospital, John Hinckley Jr. is a free man. The Telegraph reports the would-be assassin of Ronald Reagan was released Saturday from St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital after a judge ruled in August that the 61-year-old was no longer a threat to the public or... More »

Reagan Daughter: 'My Heart Is Sickened' Over Hinckley

Patti Davis says her father's would-be assassin waited out the system

(Newser) - After John Hinckley Jr. received a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting Ronald Reagan more than three decades ago, Reagan daughter Patti Davis recalls Dan Rather explaining on CBS News that Hinckley could well become a free man some day. Well, "some day" has arrived—... More »

John Hinckley Jr. Is Going Free

Would-be Reagan assassin has been hospitalized for 35 years

(Newser) - The man who shot Ronald Reagan will soon be a free man. A federal judge has ruled that John Hinckley Jr., now 61, poses no risk to society and can live permanently with his mother in Williamsburg, Va., reports the Washington Post . It could happen as early as next month.... More »

Agent Who Saved Reagan Dies

Jerry Parr foiled 1981 assassination attempt on the president

(Newser) - The man widely credited for saving Ronald Reagan's life from an assassination attempt passed away from congestive heart failure Friday at the age of 85, the New York Times reports. According to the Washington Post , Jerry Parr met and protected dozens of US and foreign dignitaries and heads of... More »

John Hinckley Has 'Somewhat Compatible' Girlfriend

She lives in Williamsburg, where Hinckley hopes to be permanently

(Newser) - An element of normalcy in John Hinckley's life was revealed at a hearing yesterday, meant to help a judge determine whether the man who shot Ronald Reagan should spend even more time outside of a mental hospital: He has a girlfriend, NBC News reports. Hinckley's brother describes the... More »

Reagan Shooter Tries to Find His Way on the Outside

John Hinckley's release could be further expanded this week

(Newser) - John Hinckley, who the AP calls "the last man to shoot an American president," was 25 years old when he opened fire on President Reagan in 1981. More than three decades after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity, he's been increasingly getting reacquainted with... More »

No Charges for Hinckley in Death of James Brady

Federal prosecutors decline to file new charges

(Newser) - Would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. will not be charged with murder in last year's death of James Brady, the Washington Post reports. The notion had become a real possibility when a coroner ruled that Brady's death at age 73 was a homicide —the result of the... More »

James Brady's Death Ruled a Homicide

John Hinckley's bullet in 1981 ultimately killed him: medical examiner

(Newser) - A Virginia medical examiner ruled today that the death of James Brady, Ronald Reagan's former press secretary, was actually a homicide, NBC Washington reports. Brady was severely wounded with a bullet to the head when John Hinckley tried to assassinate Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in 1981. The... More »

Reagan Shooter to Spend Most of His Time on Outside

John Hinckley granted 17 days per month at mother's home

(Newser) - It's quite the step up from the series of 10-day excursions he was once allowed to make outside the mental hospital he's called home since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981. John Hinckley will now be allowed to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, for 17 days per... More »

Reagan Shooter Seeks More Time on the Outside

'Convalescent leave' could get John Hinckley out full time

(Newser) - Ronald Reagan shooter John Hinckley is seeking more time outside a mental health facility, and might leave permanently, AP reports. Hinckley was sent to a Washington mental hospital after a jury decided he was insane when he wounded the president and three others in 1982. But he was granted a... More »

30 Years Later, Guns Are Still Too Easy to Get

Sarah Brady: On anniversary of Reagan shooting, she holds out hope

(Newser) - Thirty years after John Hinckley fired a bullet into her husband's brain in an attempt to kill Ronald Reagan, Sarah Brady can't understand why gun reform is still so hard to pass. In her Washington Post op-ed, she criticizes Republicans in particular, especially those who claim to revere Reagan but... More »

Secret Service Releases Audio of Reagan Shooting

'Rawhide is OK, follow-up. Rawhide is OK.'

(Newser) - Fascinating listening for history buffs: The Secret Service has released a recording of communication among agents immediately after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981. As Marc Ambinder of the National Journal explains, it shows how agents initially declared that "Rawhide is OK," using Reagan's Secret Service... More »

Rich Kids Who Went Terribly Wrong

From John Hinckley to Abdulmutallab, sometimes privilege corrupts

(Newser) - Being born with a silver spoon doesn't automatically make you a golden child—or adult. Newsweek takes a look at children of privilege who took an extremely sharp turn away from very-well-to-do families and toward lives of terrorism and murder:
  • Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: The son of one of the wealthiest
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