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

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?