John Hinckley Jr. - the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 -- will soon be released from prison by court order. Hinkley tried to assassinate Reagan to impress the actress Jodie Foster.  He was arrested at the scene of the crime. US District Judge Paul Friedman ruled that Hinckley Jr. no longer posed a danger to himself or others. Hinckley will be released from a federal government psychiatric hospital into the custody of his mother.
 
After addressing an AFL-CIO conference, President Reagan was leaving the Hilton Hotel in Washington DC on March 30, 1981 when Hinckley fired at him. During the trial process, it was revealed that Hinckley had shot the president to impress the actress Jodie Foster with whom he had been obsessed after watching her in the film Taxi Driver.
 
When First Lady Nancy Reagan visited him in the hospital after emergency surgery, Reagan quipped: "Honey, I forgot to duck." Among the other victims of the attack was White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was shot in the head. Brady was permanently disabled because of his wounds. He and his wife founded the Brady Campaign and thus became ardent gun control advocates. Brady died on August 4, 2014, 33 years after the shooting. His death was ruled a homicide, caused by the gunshot wound he received in 1981.
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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