For years the media has not been allowed access to John Hinckley Jr, the man who shot Ronald Reagan, but this week documents have been released that give us some insight into Hinckley’s desire to be a good citizen.
The documents revealed that Hinckley made some feeble attempts to gain employment at Starbucks and Subway. I can almost understand why he would want to work at Starbucks, after all, this is the company that told gun owners to leave their guns at home, and certainly the man who almost assassinated a US president would not want to worry about firearms being in his presence.
He also made regular shopping visits to Target, Best Buy and J.C. Penney while accompanied by therapists.
In his attempt to become “more human” Hinckley expressed how he enjoyed being able to get out of the hospital and his fondness for music from Elvis and Paul McCartney to Nirvana.
The more than 100 pages of documents released also revealed Hinckley’s failure to be welcomed for volunteer positions because of his name, a name which he made for himself by the way.
While prosecutors have been pushing for tighter restrictions on Hinckley and for an ankle bracelet to be kept on him at all times, a federal judge will soon be deciding if Hinckley is ready to live away from the hospital full time.
According to Dailymail.co.uk,
On taking part in group therapy sessions outside St. Elizabeths: ‘It’s really refreshing to be in a group with people who aren’t completely out of their minds. The people in this group have normal lives, and normal problems. They have to worry about getting their kids to soccer, and what to make for dinner.’
On driving, which Judge Paul L. Friedman allowed him to do unaccompanied beginning in 2014, he said: ‘I love the feeling of being able to drive on the open road. It’s so great.’
On being rejected for volunteer opportunities at a botanical garden, the local humane society and the law library at the nearby College of William & Mary: ‘The law library would have been a great gig for me. But when it gets to a certain level and my name gets brought up, my reputation gets in the way and I hit another road block.’
On getting a job: ‘I’d love to get a job so I can have some real income.’
On asking for jobs at Subway and Starbucks while being followed by the Secret Service: ‘Two agents were ‘watching and listening to every little thing. That just bummed me out once that started happening. It made me feel awkward and uncomfortable.’
On being busy: ‘I don’t like flipping around the TV, I want to do things.’
On the death in 2014 of President Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, the person most seriously wounded in Hinckley’s shooting: ‘Brady’s death, you know, it got me to thinking about what I did to this man. It really did. You know, that I so diminished his life, that for so many years he was in pain, he just didn’t have the life he would have had … It made me wish I could take it back but it is what happened. I have tremendous remorse.’
On trips outside the hospital: ‘They ‘have made me more human.’
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