It's Just Gonna Be Insanity

Tears, anger and remorse at the trial of John Hinckley

Through the first two weeks of his trial for the shooting of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr., 26, was a model of calm, impassive silence. That self-control was shattered last week when the jury was shown the videotaped testimony of Jodie Foster, 19, the actress turned college student whose 1976 film Taxi Driver sparked Hinckley's obsession with her and, according to his lawyers, drove him to shoot the President.* Hinckley, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, fidgeted throughout her testimony until Foster was...

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