Jodie Foster-obsessed Reagan shooter Hinckley wants music career
Brad Hunter
September 11, 2019
September 11, 2019 12:57 PM EDT
John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington Nov. 18, 2003. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press files)
The misfit who tried to murder Ronald Reagan has hit a sour note with his quest for a musical career.
Jodie Foster-obsessed would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr., 64, is now seeking the green light to move to California so he can pursue his interest in music, his lawyer told a federal court hearing Tuesday.
Hinckley spent decades in St. Elizabeths Hospital for the 1981 shooting that left the then-U.S. president and three others injured. James Brady, Reagan’s White House press secretary, was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Hinckley was obsessed with Jodie Foster and the movie Taxi Driver. WARNER BROS.
Hinckley currently lives in Virginia with his mother and brother.
“He’s got some talent,” his lawyer, Barry Levine, said following the hearing held in Washington, according to the New York Post.
Levine told reporters he plans to ask for a full unconditional release from the 30 court orders that Hinckley lives under.
One of the stipulations is that he lives within 120 km of his mom’s home and must meet regularly with mental health professionals. He is barred from speaking to the media.
His legal eagle said Hinckley regularly attends music therapy, playing guitar, writing songs and singing.
The wannabe killer cannot perform publicly.
Hinckley burst into the headlines following a long descent into madness.
He was obsessed with Martin Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece, Taxi Diver, which starred Foster as a child prostitute plying the Times Square strip.
Hinckley wanted to kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan. GETTY IMAGES
Now, his headshrinkers claim Hinckley is cured of the illness that caused him to try to murder Reagan.
Federal prosecutors aren’t so sure springing Hinckley from stringent conditions is such a good idea, saying it gave them “great pause.”
Judge Paul L. Friedman told the court he would ease conditions but only if he saw a workable plan, including Hinckley’s living arrangements.
The triggerman saw himself as similar to Robert De Niro’s twisted Taxi Driver character. WARNER BROS.
“It’s been a long time since 1981,” Friedman said, adding Hinckley is ready for the “next step. The question is what the next step is.”