April 13, 2013
The man who shot Ronald Reagan and three other men in 1981 has been behaving normally when he leaves the mental hospital in Washington, D.C., where he is being treated, according to Secret Service observations in newly released court documents.
John Hinckley Jr., 57, shops at Wal-Mart, Target and PetSmart during visits to his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va. One of his first stops is often a Wendy’s. At home with his mother, he performs lots of chores, plays guitar and makes art. He shows few of the symptoms that led to the 1982 finding that he was insane, and therefore not guilty of attempted murder and other charges in the assassination attempt.
Hinckley has been allowed to make visits of increasing length to his mother’s home since 2006. The documents released Wednesday, including mental evaluations, Secret Service surveillance transcripts and other records, detail his releases from February 2012 to January 2013. They are part of an effort by his attorneys to increase the amount of time from the 10-day stints Hinckley is allowed out of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.