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2019|March 26, Tuesday

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An assassination attempt generated by actress Jodie Foster

An assassination attempt generated by actress Jodie Foster

"Please tell me you're all Republicans.” With a bullet in his body, the Republican president of the United States, Ronald Reagan said to the head surgeon preparing for the operation. "We're all Republicans today," Dr. Joseph Giordano

(a liberal Democrat) reassured Reagan, who kept his legendary sense of humor even on the operating table. The president was shot by a young man who was driven crazy by love.

John Warnock Hinckley Jr. was born to a wealthy family. His father, John Warnock Hinckley Sr, was a Texas oil tycoon, the chairman and the president of the Vanderbilt Energy Corporation. Due to his family background, Hinckley Jr. was destined for a bright future; but Martin Scorsese’s movie Taxi Driver and Jodie Foster changed everything.
Before becoming obsessed with the movie and especially with the beautiful actress, Hinckley Jr. had already been struggling with feelings of aimlessness. He dropped out of Texas Tech University, and his hopes of becoming a songwriter in Los Angeles also failed. Then came Taxi Driver, in which the protagonist (played by Robert De Niro) planned to assassinate a Senator to save the life of a child prostitute (played by Jodie Foster).

Foster and her childlike face totally fascinated Hinckley, who tried to make contact with the actress via phone calls and letters slipped under her door. Since every one of his stalking attempts was ineffective, he decided to make a real big hit to impress his queen. Following in De Niro’s footsteps, he decided to kill none other than the President of the United States.

He prepared for his major breakthrough for a long time, mainly by studying the assassination of John F. Kennedy and taking shooting courses. The great moment came on March 30, 1981, when Reagan was leaving a conference held at Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hinckley was waiting outside the hotel among a crowd of admirers, and when the president appeared he opened fire. Only one out of Hinckley's six bullets hit Reagan, who survived the incident.

Hinckley did not even try to escape. He was tried, but found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was confined to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC, from where he was released in 2016.

An assassination attempt generated by actress Jodie Foster




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