John Hinckley Jr, who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981, will play SOLD-OUT show in Brooklyn this summer after serving 35 years in psychiatric hospital

John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan in an attempt to ‘impress’ actress Jodie Foster more than 40 years ago, is playing a sold-out concert in Brooklyn this summer. 

Hinckley, 66, tweeted on April 9 that he was ‘very excited about [his] upcoming show.’

‘Ticket sales are good. July 9, Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY.’ 

Tickets for the hotel show at 1140 Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick were selling for $20 on Venue Pilot. On April 12, the Oklahoman tweeted again, announcing that his show was ‘sold out!’ The venue has a capacity of 450 people but it’s unclear how many tickets were sold for the show.

On March 30, 1981, Hinckley seriously injured then-President Reagan and three others when he fired six shots outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. White House press secretary James Brady was shot in the head and permanently disabled, Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in his side, and D.C. policeman Thomas Delahanty was hit in the neck. 

The president was shot in the left lung – the .22 caliber bullet missed the 70-year-old’s heart by just inches. Regardless, Reagan walked out of the hospital under his own power, and famously quipped to his wife that he ‘forgot to duck’ after his surgery.

In a note that was found soon after the attempted assassination, Hinckley – who was 25 at the time – stated that he committed the unthinkable crime to get the attention of actress Jodie Foster after stalking her for years.

Hinckley would send letters and even call the actress at Yale after developing an unhealthy obsession with her when he saw ‘Taxi Driver.’ Hinckley reportedly described the shooting as the ‘greatest love offering in the world’ shortly after the shooting took place.

He was found not-guilty by reason of insanity, and spent 35 years in a psychiatric hospital after the assassination attempt. There, he was diagnosed with narcissistic and schizoid personality disorders.

On the campaign trail in 2016, the year Hinckley was released, Donald Trump said the would-be assassin should remain institutionalized.

Since he was granted the right to produce music under his own name in 2020, Hinckley has released songs on YouTube and streaming services, and even intends to release a 14-song LP under his own record label, Emporia Records. 

Hinckley’s YouTube channel, where he began posting covers and such original songs as ‘Everything is Gonna’ Be Alright in 2020, has more than 26,000 subscribers. Most of those he has written are love songs. 

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Author: HP McLovincraft

Seeker of rabbit holes. Pessimist. Libertine. Contrarian. Your huckleberry. Possibly true tales of sanity-blasting horror also known as abject reality. Prepare yourself. Veteran of a thousand psychic wars. I have seen the fnords. Deplatformed on Tumblr and Twitter.

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