John Hinckley Jr. Is Now Writing Love Songs
John Hinckley Jr., the infamous would-be assassin who tried killing President Ronald Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster, is now un-institutionalized and writing love songs. He performs and posts the crooners on YouTube.
John Hinckley Jr. was born on May 29, 1955, and raised in Dallas, Texas. When he was a young man, Hinckley moved to Los Angeles to become a songwriter but was unsuccessful. It was around that time that Hinckley first watched the movie Taxi Driver and became completely obsessed with the gritty tale. The movie, of course, tells the story of the New York City cabbie Travis Bickle as he suffers bouts of psychosis while infatuated with a child prostitute, played by the young Jodie Foster. In the film, Bickle plans the assassination of a presidential candidate: a storyline inspired by the diaries of Arthur Bremer, who once attempted to assassinate George Wallace.
But that’s not the first time Hinckley’s story has inspired song. The new wave band Devo released the track “I Desire” in 1982, which lifted a line directly from one of Hinckley’s poems. Additionally, the 1990 Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Assassins features Hinckley as a character who sings a duet with Lynette Fromme: “Unworthy Of Your Love.” The song charts their obsessions with Jodie Foster and Charles Manson, respectively. You can watch that theatrical take above.