Real-Life Assassins Character John W. Hinckley Jr. to Be Released Today

News   Real-Life Assassins Character John W. Hinckley Jr. to Be Released Today He attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
John Hinckley, Jr.
John Hinckley, Jr.

John W. Hinckley Jr., whose 1981 attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan earned him a place as a character in the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical Assassins, is being released from a psychiatric facility August 5, according to a report in The Washington Post.

In the musical Hinckley sings the duet “Unworthy of Your Love” with Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, would-be killer of President Gerald Ford. The characters were linked because they both said they committed their crimes to impress a third party, Fromme for Charles Manson and Hinckley for actress Jodie Foster.

The real-life Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has spent more than 32 years in a government psychiatric hospital. This week U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman ruled that Hinckley “no longer poses a danger to himself or others and will be freed to live full-time with his mother in Williamsburg, VA,” on August 5, the Post reported.

Other musical theatre characters based on real-life people have spent time as guests of the government, including Tommy DeVito (Jersey Boys), Leo Frank (Parade), Clive Barrow (Bonnie & Clyde) and the title characters of The Scottsboro Boys.

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l-r Leon Czolgosz (Brandon O'Neill), the Proprietor (Nick DeSantis) and John Hinckley (Frederick Hagreen) Mark Kitaoka
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