John Hinckley Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, has been released from a psychiatric hospital after 35 years.
According to a spokeswoman from the District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health, all patients scheduled to be discharged from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – including Hinckley Jr. – have been released.
President Reagan was among four people shot outside a hotel in Washington in March 1981. The shooter, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, was admitted for treatment at a Washington hospital.
John Hinckley Jr. not a threat to himself or public, judge rules
As reported by ABC News, in late July a federal judge ruled that Hinckley Jr. was not a threat to either himself or the public. He will be living full time at his mother’s house in Williamsburg.
As stated on Biography.com, Hinckley Jr. was born in 1955 in Oklahoma and attended Texas Tech University in the mid 1970s. However, he left college in 1976 and moved to California. Around 1979, when he purchased his first gun (and a few more he added to his collection over the years), he began consuming antidepressants and sedatives. He moved back with his parents in 1980 and received psychiatric treatment.
His tried to assassinate President Reagan in a bid to impress actress Jodie Foster, who Hinckley Jr. had become obsessed with after watching the film Taxi Driver. Hinckley Jr. shot President Reagan and three others outside a Washington Hotel. Afterwards, the shooter was taken into custody.
John Hinckley Jr. release imposed with restrictions
Prior to his release from the psychiatric hospital, Hinckley Jr. had been spending 17 days a month with his mother.
Hinckley Jr. will be working or serving as a volunteer three days a week. He will also be going for therapy while he is in Williamsburg. He will see his psychiatrist twice a month for the first six months. In addition, he will also attend group therapy sessions.
Hinckley Jr.’s release will be supplemented with restrictions. His movements will be tracked and a limitation will be set on how far he can travel, and authorities will have access to his computer browsing history. If he abides by the rules, his restrictions may be lifted 12 to 18 months from his release.