Who Shot (And Technically Killed) Andy Warhol -- And Why? Story Of An Art Assassin

Left: Actress Valerie Solanas (center), 28, is booked on June 3, 1968, in connection with the shooting a few hours earlier of pop artist Andy Warhol. Right: Warhol's 'Gun' (1981). Sources: Bettmann/Contributor via Getty Images; wikiart.org

In 1968, Pop artist Andy Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas, a peripheral figure in the New York art world. Two bullets from Solanas' .32 Beretta ripped through Warhol's stomach, liver, spleen, and lungs. Doctors barely saved his life -- in fact, he died, briefly, but was revived -- and the experience had a lasting effect on his art. Who was Valerie Solanas, the person who took it upon herself to kill the world's most famous artist?