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Hinckley will be moving in with his 90-year-old mother, who lives at this home in Williamsburg, Virginia. He will have to attend individual and group therapy sessions and is barred from talking to the media
Timothy McCarthy, now the police chief of the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, says he is a bit perturbed he didn't get a notification of the judge's decision to allow the 61-year-old Hinckley to go free.
McCarthy noted that he's never been asked for an opinion on whether Hinckley should be released.
During the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt, the then 32-year-old McCarthy was shot in the right chest. He says he spent a little more than three months recuperating before returning to the president's security detail.
McCarthy spent 22 years with the Secret Service.
Two Secret Service Agents and Reagan's press secretary were injured in the shooting, which was caught on camera
Hinckley was 25 years old when he shot at President Reagan six times as he left the Washington, DC Hilton after speaking at a conference.
The first bullet hit Reagan's press secretary James Brady in the head and the second hit District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty in the back of the neck. Hinckley missed his third shot, but his fourth hit Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy (now the chief of police for Orland Park, Illinois) in the stomach as another agent was pushing the president into a waiting limousine. The fifth shot was another miss but Reagan was struck by the sixth and final shot as it reverberated off the side of his armored vehicle.
Reagan spent 12 days in the hospital recuperating from his injuries and blood loss. Delahanty and McCarthy also recovered from their injuries but Brady was left wheelchair bound for the rest of his life due to paralysis.
For purposes of review, here are a few other things Hinckley was doing at Saint Elizabeths: Writing to mass murderers Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. Federal prosecutors reported this to the hospital doctors who didn’t know because they hadn’t wanted to invade Hinckley’s privacy by searching his room. He’s had several girlfriends, most notably Leslie deVeau who killed her 10 year old daughter with a 12 gauge semiautomatic shotgun while the girl slept, then tried to kill herself but only managed to shoot off her left arm.
On that chilly March day in 1981, John Hinckley was patient. At 1:45, he waved as my father stepped out of the limousine and walked into the hotel to deliver a speech. Then he waited. He had a girl in mind he wanted to impress. Surely Jody Foster would notice him if he assassinated the President. At 2:25 when my father walked back outside, Hinckley yelled, “President Reagan! President Reagan!” Then he crouched like a marksman and fired six shots. Four lives were changed in a matter of minutes.
He ended up with attorney who is also patient, who has been willing to take his time and move slowly to get what he wants: freedom for John Hinckley. In 1982 when the verdict came down — not guilty by reason of insanity — the nation was shocked. Dan Rather said on his nightly broadcast, “If John Hinckley has the will (and he’s shown he is willful) and the way (and his family is rich), he will probably down the road ask to be released from Saint Elizabeths on the grounds that he is no longer dangerous. And sooner or later, a panel of experts may nod and say yes.” I remember getting chilled when I heard Mr. Rather’s commentary all those years ago. Something in me knew he was right even though everything in me hoped he was wrong. I’m not surprised by this latest development, but my heart is sickened.
When my father was lying in a hospital bed recovering from the gunshots that nearly killed him, he said, “I know my ability to heal depends on my willingness to forgive John Hinckley.” I too believe in forgiveness. But forgiving someone in your heart doesn’t mean that you let them loose in Virginia to pursue whatever dark agendas they may still hold dear.
I will forever be haunted by a drizzly March afternoon when my father almost died, when Jim Brady lay in a pool of blood and two other men — Thomas Delahanty and Timothy McCarthy — were gravely wounded. If John Hinckley is haunted by anything, I think it’s that he didn’t succeed in his mission to assassinate the President.