John Hinckley Seen Walking Around Unsupervised
A man who was out for a casual stroll looked like any other middle-aged man in his neighborhood. But, the man was actually the notorious John Hinckley—the madman who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Hinckley had a smirk on his face as he roamed the streets unsupervised for the first time since the assassination attempt 33 years ago.
As seen in the photos first featured in The Daily Mail, Hinckley was wearing a blue fleece jacket and visor and clutched a bottle of soda. He was out in public on Easter Sunday.
He has spent the past three decades confined to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington D.C.
But last December, a judge ruled that he can spend 17 days a month unsupervised in the gated community where his 86-year-old mother Jo Ann lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.
INSIDE EDITION viewers weighed in on our Facebook page.
Patrick said, "He is way to sick to be wandering around the streets."
Connie said, "He is a very dangerous man."
Dana said, "That was a lifetime ago. Everyone deserves a second chance."
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke to Joe diGenova, who prosecuted Hinckley.
Trent asked, "You believe Hinckley is still dangerous?"
"I do indeed. I believe that his psychosis is so deep and so serious that he will never recover from it and he remains a current threat to the sitting President of the United States."
Hinckley is 58 years old now, heavier than we remember when he was a troubled young man.
He fired six shots as Reagan left the Hilton hotel, in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1981. Hinckley said he wanted to assassinate the president in order to gain the attention of actress Jodie Foster, who he was obsessed with after she portrayed a teen prostitute in Taxi Driver. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Now, he's allowed to roam freely in his mother's gated community. He can even drive a car as long as he carries a GPS-monitored cell phone. His favorite hangout is a local Wendy’s fast food restaurant where he orders a cheeseburger, fries, and a Coke. All served to an infamous would-be assassin.