Struggling Artist and Musician John Hinckley Having Trouble Coping With Image Problem

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

This is always a problem for would-be presidential assassins. It’s almost like they don’t clearly think things through before they squeeze the trigger.

The man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan more than 30 years ago said he would like to be known as something other than a would-be assassin.

John Hinckley made the statement to a doctor who interviewed him in the past year at a Washington mental hospital. The statement and other pieces of information about Hinckley’s life are part of hundreds of pages of documents prepared for court hearings in Hinckley’s case.

Hinckley, who shot and wounded Reagan in 1981, is seeking more freedom from the hospital. He has been allowed to visit his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va., for up to 10 days at a time. Attorneys for the government believe his trips should remain at 10 days.

A jury found Hinckley to be insane when he shot Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. He has spent most of the past three decades at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. In recent years, doctors have said his mental illness has been in remission.

Hinckley said he still thinks about the actress, but only to ask himself “what was it about her that made me do this.”

“I don’t know. I must have been really crazy,” he said.

Gee, you think?
Meanwhile, Hinckley has kept himself busy honing his mad artistic skills.

Another doctor reported that around the time Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January 2011, Hinckley commented: “Wow. Is that how people see me?” Then he vented frustration about being unable to change the public’s perception.

“I don’t have a microphone in my hand. I don’t have the video camera. So no one can hear my music. No one can see my art. I have these other aspects of my life that no one knows about. I’m an artist. I’m a musician. Nobody knows that. They just see me as the guy who tried to kill Reagan,” he said.

Perhaps he should weigh in on the raging contraception debate manufactured by the Democrats. That might help win folks over.


6 Responses to “Struggling Artist and Musician John Hinckley Having Trouble Coping With Image Problem”

  1. tek on 26/26/12 at 9:07 am

    Well, as a strategy, this approach may be worth a shot. The left in this country certainly got murderers released from prison in the past, in the higher interests of folk music.

  2. rich b on 26/26/12 at 2:47 pm

    I suppose he’d rather be remembered for his cooking skills. Fuck him – let him rot in prison.

  3. Blue Hen on 28/28/12 at 12:49 pm

    He should get those artistic skills out in the public eye. Perhaps he can submit something to one of those fan magazines. That would be full of win.

  4. Freddie Sykes on 28/28/12 at 6:21 pm

    I will always remember him as the creep who may have contributed to turning Jodie Forster gay.

    Now let’s talk about some of the high points of John Wilkes Booth’s acting career. Did anyone else catch his brilliant performance in The Marble Heart?

  5. Blue Hen on 1/01/12 at 10:02 am

    And it would seem that Charles Manson has written some snappy lyrics. I’m smelling a new reality show here.