John Hinckley, Jr., President Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin met his latest love, Cynthia Bruce at the Washington Psych Ward where they both reside. Forsaking his obsession with actress Jodie Foster (or maybe not) Hinckley is said to have had two previous romances with women at St. Elizabeths’s Psych Ward in Washington, D.C., where he has been for the last 29 years. While researching this story, I realized I had forgotten how gravely the President was wounded. See more on that below, as well the actual footage of the assassination attempt.
According to The Daily, Ms. Bruce was a previous patient of the hospital but now lives “off campus.” Hinckley has been granted a driver’s license, and he can leave the hospital premises in the custody of his mother. It’s unclear if the driver license is to use only when with his mother, but seems not:
He’s also been granted a driver’s license, but must give hospital officials advance warning for any intended trips and always carries a GPS tracking device.
Hinckley has said he decided to go ahead with the assassination of President Reagan because he had given-up on garnering Jodie Foster’s attention, who may still today be forever in his mind, the child prostitute of the 1976 movie “Taxi Driver.”
A brush-up on the assassination attempt that will be see it’s 30th anniversary on March 30th, 2011:
Although the emergency room staff had been notified that gunshot victims were incoming, no stretcher was ready. Reagan exited the limousine and was assisted into the emergency room. The president complained of difficulty breathing, his knees buckled, and he went down on one knee. The trauma team, led by Dr. Joseph Giordano, found that Reagan’s blood pressure was “barely obtainable”, treated Reagan with intravenous fluids, oxygen, tetanus toxoid, and chest tubes, and surprised Parr—who still believed that he had cracked the president’s rib—by finding the entrance gunshot wound. Although Reagan came close to death, the team’s quick action—and Parr’s decision to drive to the hospital instead of the White House—likely saved the president’s life, and within 30 minutes Reagan left the emergency room for surgery with a normal blood pressure. When his wife Nancy arrived in the emergency room, Reagan remarked to her, “Honey, I forgot to duck.” (borrowing boxer Jack Dempsey’s line to his wife the night he was beaten by Gene Tunney.
The chief of thoracic surgery, Dr. Benjamin L. Aaron, decided to operate because the bleeding persisted. Ultimately, Reagan lost over half of his blood volume in the emergency room and during surgery, which removed the bullet; the operating staff did not know the round was explosive or that it could have gone off at any time. In the operating room, Reagan joked, “Please tell me you’re all Republicans.” Giordano, a liberal Democrat, replied, “Today, Mr. President, we’re all Republicans.” The operation lasted about three hours. His post-operative course was complicated by fever, which was treated with multiple antibiotics.
In 2005, Hinckley petitioned the court for a girlfriend. After a long-time hospital romance corrupted a chance at parole, the relationship ended. His attorney said he was lonely and he wanted “an intimate relationship.” The Washington Post said Hinckley wanted to be released from St. Elizabeth’s, and shockingly, WaPo saw the following as the problem:
The underlying question at a hearing yesterday appeared to be how Hinckley would handle courtship and respond to rejection out in the world, away from the structure and support of a hospital.
Three months later WaPo announced that Hinckley could now leave the D.C. area for the first time for overnight stays at his parents home in Williamsburg, Virginia. The “overnight” stays must be of considerable length, as his parents were instructed get him to a Williamsburg psychiatrist “at least once a week.”
The Daily article says Hinckley still suffers from narcissistic personality disorder.
The footage below is live and graphic. Six shots ring out. Reagan Press Secretary Jim Brady lies with severe wounds to the brain. A woman calls: My husband, my huband:
Hinckley emerged from the crowd of admirers and fired a RÖhm RG-14 blue steel revolver six times in three seconds, missing the President with five of the six shots. The first bullet hit White House Press Secretary James Brady in the head. The second hit D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty in the back. The third overshot the president and hit the window of a building across the street. The fourth hit Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy the abdomen as he spread his body over Reagan to make himself a target. The fifth hit the bullet-resistant glass of the window on the open side door of the limousine. The sixth and final bullet ricocheted off the side of the limousine and hit the president in his left underarm, grazing a rib and lodging in his lung, stopping nearly an inch from his heart.
Cynthia Bruce is said to be very religious, and has said there are “restrictions” on what she can say about Hinckley, Jr., but she does say she “see’s value in people, no matter what they’ve done.”