Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Jr Released, Will Live With His Mother

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34 years after trying to assasinate Ronald Reagan in 1981, John Hinckley, Jr will be released from a psychiatric hospital and allowed to live with his mother in Virginia.

On Wednesday, a federal judge granted John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan, full-time release from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in treatment since the shooting. Judge Paul L. Friedman delivered the ruling Wednesday, granting him full time convalescent leave to begin no sooner than Aug. 5.

According to the WSJ, the 103-page order from U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said Mr. Hinckley’s doctors have found he has "no signs of psychotic symptoms, delusional thinking, or any violent tendencies,’’ and therefore “presents no danger to himself or to others in the reasonable future if released." The ruling means that 34 years after an attack that severely wounded the president and three others, Mr. Hinckley will be a free man—albeit with restrictions on his travel, communications, work and use of the internet. 

Hinckley, 61, was committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Over the past 12 years, his doctors and the courts have been gradually loosening his restrictions, over objections from the Justice Department, allowing him to go to Williamsburg, Va., for unsupervised visits with his family more than 80 times.

Now Hinckley will be allowed to live with his mother there, provided he still has regular medical and social-work checkups, works or volunteers at least three days a week and adheres to limits on his travel and communication. The judge’s order also specifically bars Mr. Hinckley or his family from talking to reporters.

He's already been spending 17 days per month at his mother's home since federal judge Paul Friedman granted him partial leave from the hospital in 2013. CBS News' Reid reports the conditions of Hinckley's release are incredibly detailed and strict, which is a big win for the U.S. government. While the requirements focus mostly on continued mental health treatment, Hinckley's lawyer had been arguing for minimal conditions to make it less likely he will be found in non-compliance.

Some of the conditions of his release include:

  • He must carry a GPS enabled phone whenever he is away from his mother's home, but no tracking devices need to be installed in his cars. He must notify his treatment team before going to any private residences.
  • He must travel to D.C. once a month for mental health treatment. His must provide detailed information about his travel to D.C. including his specific route and time of departure, but he can travel by himself. If he is delayed by more than 30 minutes, he needs to notify his treatment team.
  • He must have weekly phone calls with his health care professionals as well as individual and group therapy in Williamsburg. He also does monthly music therapy sessions. He has expressed an interest in recording an album.
  • He is expected to find a volunteer position or a job which must be approved by his mental health team.
  • He cannot speak with media. Any media contact by him or his family will constitute a violation of his release.
  • No drugs, no weapons.
  • No contact with the family members of his victims, which include the Reagan family, Brady family, Thomas Delahanty or Timothy McCarthy.
  • He cannot travel to areas where current or former presidents, Congress or senior executives or "United States Secret Service protectees" are found.
  • He can use the internet but cannot Google himself, research weapons, porn, or his victims.
  • He may not set-up any social media accounts without unanimous permission from his treatment team.
  • He must live with his mother in Williamsburg for the first-year of his full-time release and after that, following an assessment by his team, he may reside alone or with roommates within a 30 mile radius of Williamsburg

He is also forbidden from trying to contact his victims or any of their relatives or descendants, and he is barred from trying to contact the actress Jodie Foster or her family. At the time of the Reagan shooting, Hinckley was obsessed with Ms. Foster and hoped the assassination would impress her.

On March 30, 1981, Hinckley opened fire outside a Washington, D.C. hotel as then-President Reagan was exiting the building after a speech. One of the bullets punctured the president's lung and barely missed his heart. Another left then-White House press secretary James Brady paralyzed from the waist down.

In a letter the would-be assassin sent before the shooting, Hinckley confessed his bizarre motive to Jodie Foster, whom he'd been stalking for months.

"The reason I'm going ahead with this attempt now is because I cannot wait any longer to impress you," he wrote. "This letter is being written only an hour before I leave for the Hilton Hotel. Jodie, I'm asking you to please look into your heart and at least give the chance, with this historical deed, to gain your love and respect."

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He is now, supposedly, sane and no longer a threat to republican presidents... or presidential candidates.

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Stan522's picture

Left wing extemist plot.....

Looney's picture


Let him live near Hillary…   ;-)


heisenberg991's picture

He is heading to Philly right now. 

toady's picture

Is Jodie foster going into witness protection? 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

A GPS enable mobile phone... that's all that is required.

i know a few people who carry one of those. 

jcaz's picture

,,,,Even with all that, he STILL handles classified material better than Hillary......

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Forget all that, I haven't seen awesome Uzi guy for ages!

Battleaxe's picture

Only someone involved in a plot to install former CIA director George Bush as president would ever be released after attempting to assassinate the president.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I wish he would assassinate Trump. Someone needs to deal with him now. Trump is so universally hated that Twitter has rightfully ignored the cries from the far-right that it should ban those who call for his assassination. If it were anyone else, I would agree that calling for assassination is wrong. But Trump literally threatens the very existence of a multicultural liberal democracy in America - he has to be stopped! 
Why Everyone needs to Study Critical Race Theory
InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

I thought you were a love conquers all guy.  Funny how your panties get wadded up when someone says something you fear.  Hypocrite

Gold Pedant's picture

You must be new here. MDB_ is a troll, and ZH keeps falling for him over and over and over again.


And speaking of which, what's with all of the pointless comments about this article and topic? I have yet to read someone making a good point about RELEASING SOMEONE WHO ALMOST MURDERED THE PRESIDENT nonchalantly, as if he never did anything wrong. Would someone please spur off a topic like "That's why the death penalty is in place. Future proofing." instead of something like "Hope his mother has basement real estate."


MalteseFalcon's picture

This is a straight out warning to Trump from the usual suspects.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) MalteseFalcon Jul 27, 2016 11:12 AM

Maybe they could release Charles Manson, too and he and Hinkley could be given jobs in the Hillary campaign headquarters.



N2OJoe's picture

May as well release the Unabomber too.

clymer's picture

"He can use the internet but cannot Google himself, research weapons, porn, or his victims."

wtf.. who comes up with this shit? Are they going to be able to tell if he uses a vpn / proxy / TOR browser? And what if he uses a different search engine than google? At least they didn't mention the ole "no obtaining a barely legal magazine from 7-11"

(mdb - I would suggest an edit before you receive the proverbail secret service visit. You must realize that with 2.6 million armed federal employees, most of them have literally nothing better to do)

jvetter713's picture

MDB probably is a federal employee...or at least on the payroll.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) jvetter713 Jul 27, 2016 10:57 AM

MDB is satire. Bad satire, because he is too close to the libtard/globalist actual rhetoric to be funny. He is mostly promoting his own website which is more of the same.

Tall Tom's picture





He cannot edit his post as you replied.


I seriously hope that they do not consider him an actual threat.


But then he may be dealing with the Federal Government goons.


It is unfortunate for him that the one quality which they lack is common sense.

Save_America1st's picture

I dunno, MDB...I've seen many better posts from you.  Seems like you pretty much phoned this one in today.  LOL

U can sarc better than that. ;-)

E.F. Mutton's picture

You fucked up junior.  Secret Service Bunga-Bunga inbound


cowdiddly's picture

duly noted ........NSA

Tylers you need to remove this poster or a least the post before you get into trouble. It was only funny about the first 3 post anyhow.

NoDebt's picture

"I wish he would assassinate Trump"

That's a little over the line even for satire.  Not even I come on this board and call for individual political assassinations, no matter how much I might think somebody desperately deserves it.

I'm starting to think you have a legitimately dark side.  This doesn't seem like it's all fun and games to you.

SixIsNinE's picture

 yes - and i heard Old Phart was banned, if so - then certainly MDB has crossed the line and should be banished to Accredit Times and no longer be enabled to use the Zero Lounge for spamming -

apologize MDB !


sleigher's picture

I hope that isn't true.  I like reading his posts.  


SixIsNinE's picture

i'm not sure, but a few days ago another zero posted that OP had been banned ...

i did see an OP post not long before that that was pretty incendiary - perhaps that has something to do with it


also, he did tell us that the Feds did visit him before for his freedom of speech .... and that only encouraged him ! 

All the best to OP and I know he'd never hurt anyone without cause


JRobby's picture

That's how it is with nuts

Everybodys All American's picture

It's well known that you enjoy being a village idiot but this is over the line even for you.

JamesBond's picture

Begin sweating about this post.  ZH is under legal obligation to report threats of violence against a specifically named individual.

BC6's picture

Poor John...Jodie likes bush.

FedFunnyMoney's picture

Be careful there, MDB...or Agent Mike may stopping off for a visit.

cheech_wizard's picture

Remember when I said you need a new hemorrhoid cream?

I've changed my mind. Seek psychiatric help, immediately. You are a danger to yourself and others.

Standard Disclaimer: And after a thorough diagnosis, I'm sure they can find you a spot at the Happy Dale Sanitarium where you can draw red lines with your single Crayola crayon to your heart's content.

Homey Da Clown's picture

I hope you get a knock on your door from the Secret Service. Inciting people to take out the GOP Presidential nominee is not only abhorrant, but a felony. I'm sure the NSA has already picked up on your hot key words, moron. 


Democrats control the DOJ, and Prison Psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association, and the gubbermint bureaucrats that have signed his conditional release, plus the Secret Service. Hinckley is being released so that he can now take pot shots at the newly elected Republican nominee. Once a Manchurian Candidate always a Manchurian Candidate.

JRobby's picture

That is why he was released with "all new programming". You catch on pretty quick MDB.

Multicultural liberal democracy? Is that the one where you dilute the culture with open borders, purposely deteriorate education and promote inflation through central banking while holding wages level for 40 years so the population becomes dependent on the ever growing government? That multicultural democracy?

The Gun Is Good's picture

Indeed. (Maybe Poppy B. has another job for him....)

Cardinal Fang's picture

Love the shadow foamed Samsonite in the street, too!

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Grey Suited Uzi Guy looks Charles Bronson bad-ass in that pic


It reminds me of the Man From U.N.C.L.E briefcase machine gun & spy kit that I had in the 60s. They were all the rage when Man From U.N.C.L.E. was on primetime.

cheech_wizard's picture

The trick is to convince him Hillary Clinton is Jodie Foster...

Standard Disclaimer: Now that would be epic.

achmachat's picture

so who's going to tell him that he'd been barking up the wrong tree all this time?

abyssinian's picture

Bad economy, even the famous shooter has to live with mom.! 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Hinkley should sell the gun like Zimmerman sold his gun. 

Mr Pink's picture

The Bush family has invited him over for dinner on Friday night

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Apparently as part of his release he needs to have a job.  He has put out his shingle as "Presidential Dynasty Starter".

Quite the entrepreneur....


peddling-fiction's picture

"The judge’s order also specifically bars Mr. Hinckley or his family from talking to reporters."

Did anybody notice this? Why the gag order?

Tall Tom's picture





He knows too much. He knows who actually pulled off the hit.