John Hinckley Jr. Shoots President Ronald Reagan In The Chest In 1981

By | March 28, 2020

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Law enforcement officials escort John Hinckley, Jr. from a helicopter at the Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia. Hinckley tried to kill President Ronald Reagan. Source: Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was walking to his limo after giving a speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. when John Hinckley Jr. fired three times at the Commander in Chief. Thankfully Hinckley didn’t accomplish his goal, and he went down in history as a crazy person. Hinckley was a guy who had every chance to be successful in life. He came from a good family and he had prospects, but there was something off. How did a normal guy from Oklahoma find his way to Washington D.C. with a revolver in his hand? And what does Jodie Foster have to do with it?

Hinckley came from a prominent family

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source: wikipedia

John Hinckley Jr. didn’t come from the kind of family that we think of when we we hear about would-be presidential assassins. He was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma in 1955 to an affluent family. His father was the president of World Vision United States, and chairman and president of the Vanderbilt Energy Corporation, so he could have had a nice life. After the Hinckley family moved to Dallas in 1959 Hinckley was a social butterfly in high school. He played sports, learned the piano and was well liked. After graduating high school in 1973 he studied at Texas Tech off and on until 1980 before dropping out to pursue his dreams.