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Reagan’s potential hit man John Hinckley thanks fans for helping secure his unconditional release

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Future assassin John Hinckley Jr. Ronald Reagan has said now is the time to rock and roll, having been released after 41 years.

Hinckley Jr, who attempted to assassinate the president in a bizarre attempt to impress Jodie Foster, continued to promote his upcoming music tour this week.

The 67-year-old also thanked his fans on Twitter for their support and buying tickets to his sold-out ‘Redemption’ tour next month.

Hinckley Jr, who spent decades in a mental institution for the attempted murderused to be Unconditional release was granted Wednesday by a federal judge.

From June 15, the convicted felon turned music artist will no longer be bound by his remaining court-imposed restrictions and will be a free man.

The aspiring artist, who plays guitar and sings, has uploaded his music to YouTube and has amassed about 27,000 subscribers

US Marshalls escort John Hinckley Jr.  (center photo) as he returns to a naval base by helicopter in Quantico, Virginia on August 8, 1981

US Marshalls escort John Hinckley Jr. (center photo) as he returns to a naval base by helicopter in Quantico, Virginia on August 8, 1981

John Hinckley Jn: A would-be assassin who turned to music

John Hinckley Jr. became infamous after he attempted to assassinate the president in 1981 by shooting him in the lung.

The attack was part of a bizarre attempt to impress actress Foster, whom he had fallen in love with — even writing her a love letter about killing Reagan.

He then waited outside the Washington Hilton for Reagan, who had just delivered a speech there.

Hinckley fired six shots that hit the president as he left the hotel. James S. Brady, White House Press Secretary; Timothy J. McCarthy, a Secret Service agent; and Thomas K. Delahanty, a police officer were also injured.

Brady died of his injuries in 2014. In 1982, a jury found Hinckley not guilty of insanity. He was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Washington and incarcerated for more than two decades. He was 25 at the time.

In a series of tweets this week, starting Wednesday, Hinckley posted: “Thank you so much to everyone who helped me get my unconditional release.

‘What a long strange journey it has been. Now it’s time to rock and roll.’ He continued on Thursday: “What this world needs is peace, love and understanding.”

And he added Friday, “I will be singing 17 songs at my show in Brooklyn, NY. on July 8. All originals.’

Hinckley Jr, who plays guitar and sings, uploads his music to YouTube and has approximately 27,000 subscribers.

His first show as a free man is scheduled for July 8 at The Market Hotel in Brooklyn and has already sold out.

Hinckley Jr. became infamous after he attempted to assassinate the president in 1981 by shooting him in the lung.

The attack was part of a bizarre attempt to impress actress Foster, whom he had fallen in love with — even writing her a love letter about killing Reagan.

He then waited outside the Washington Hilton for Reagan, who had just delivered a speech there.

Hinckley fired six shots that hit the president as he left the hotel.

James S. Brady, White House Press Secretary; Timothy J. McCarthy, a Secret Service agent; and Thomas K. Delahanty, a police officer were also injured.

In 1982, a jury found Hinckley not guilty of insanity.

After leaving the hotel, Hinckley fired six shots, hitting the president;  James S. Brady, White House Press Secretary;  Timothy J. McCarthy, a Secret Service agent;  and Thomas K. Delahanty, a police officer. Brady died of his injuries in 2014

After leaving the hotel, Hinckley fired six shots, hitting the president; James S. Brady, White House Press Secretary; Timothy J. McCarthy, a Secret Service agent; and Thomas K. Delahanty, a police officer. Brady died of his injuries in 2014

President Ronald Reagan had just delivered a speech at The Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981

President Ronald Reagan had just delivered a speech at The Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981

President Ronald Reagan, center, is shown being pushed into the president's limousine by Secret Service agents after being shot

President Ronald Reagan, center, is shown being pushed into the president’s limousine by Secret Service agents after being shot

In 1981, Hinckley wrote a letter to Jodie Foster outlining his plan to assassinate the president.  He then waited outside the Washington Hilton for Reagan to deliver a speech.

In 1981, Hinckley wrote a letter to Jodie Foster outlining his plan to assassinate the president. He then waited outside the Washington Hilton for Reagan to deliver a speech.

He was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Washington and incarcerated for more than two decades. He was 25 at the time.

Attorneys for John Hinckley Jr. argued that Hinckley was “no longer a threat” and that he should not be held under a series of court-imposed restrictions imposed after he was released from a 35-year stint at a Washington mental hospital in 2016.

Hinckley was allowed to move to a gated community in Virginia with his mother – who has since passed away – while adhering to a series of stipulations drawn up by the court and under the constant supervision of doctors and therapists.

The heinous act was a desperate and misguided bid by Hinckley to 'impress' actress Jodie Foster

The heinous act was a desperate and misguided bid by Hinckley to ‘impress’ actress Jodie Foster

In July, Hinckley — who plays guitar and sings and has shared his music on a YouTube channel — plans to give a concert in Brooklyn, New York.  Performances in Connecticut and Chicago for what he has called the 'John Hinckley Redemption Tour' have been canceled

In July, Hinckley — who plays guitar and sings and has shared his music on a YouTube channel — plans to give a concert in Brooklyn, New York. Performances in Connecticut and Chicago for what he has called the ‘John Hinckley Redemption Tour’ have been canceled

Before getting permission to create work under his name, Hinckley said, “No one can see my art.  I have other aspects of my life that no one knows about... I'm a musician.  Nobody knows.  They just see me as the man who tried to kill Reagan.”  Pictured is his signature at the bottom of a painting

Before getting permission to create work under his name, Hinckley said, “No one can see my art. I have other aspects of my life that no one knows about… I’m a musician. Nobody knows. They just see me as the man who tried to kill Reagan.” Pictured is his signature at the bottom of a painting

The shooting paralyzed Reagan press secretary James Brady, who died in 2014. He also injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty, each of whom took a bullet for the president and likely saved his life.

The then president was also injured in the attack, with a bullet that pierced the head of state’s lung, ending near his heart.

In the 2000s, with court approval, Hinckley began visiting his parents’ home in Williamsburg, Virginia. His father died in 2008, but in 2016 he was allowed to live with his mother full-time.

Still, he had to attend individual and group therapy sessions, was not allowed to talk to the media, and was only allowed to travel within a limited area. The Secret Service would also periodically monitor him.

Hinckley’s mother died in 2021. He has since moved out of her home. In recent years, Hinckley has made money selling items in an antique mall and selling books online.

Hinckley has said on his YouTube channel that he has started a record label, Emporia Records, and that his first release will be a 14-track CD of his music. He also promotes his music on Twitter.

Notes from the Diary of Hinckley Jr. revealing that he occasionally “regretted” his assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981, but felt “accomplished and satisfied” that he tried.

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