Hinckley, John W., Jr.

Hinckley, John W. (Warnock), Jr.

(1955–  ) criminal; born in Evergreen, Colo. The son of an oil executive, he drifted aimlessly in southern California before focusing on the actress Jodie Foster and President Ronald Reagan. He shot Reagan and three other men in Washington, D.C. (1981). A jury found him not guilty of the attempted assassination by reason of insanity and he was placed in a mental institution.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.