Tag Archives: Ronald Reagan

Thirty years ago this week, John Hinckley attempted to assassinate the then US President, Ronald Reagan:

…on March 30th of 1981, 25-year-old John Hinckley wrote the following letter to actress Jodie Foster. In it, Hinckley — a man so obsessed with Foster as a result of her role in Taxi Driver that he had previously followed her to Yale University; enrolled in a class; and proceeded to stalk her — made clear his immediate plan: to kill U.S. President Ronald Reagan in a bid to somehow win her affections.


True to his word, later that day Hinckley fired 6 times at Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel; four people, including Reagan, were injured. At trial the next year, Hinckley was found not guilty by reasons of insanity.

I may be killed in my attempt to get Reagan‘ (Letters Of Note) (full transcript)