John Hinckley Jr. revealed: Stray cats, limos and a love triangle
Updated 4:17 PM ET, Thu September 1, 2016
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Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN)At the modest white-brick church on the edge of Colonial Williamsburg -- where a Black Lives Matter sign and a gay pride flag welcome parishioners and visitors -- the congregation of 250 has opened its arms to a pariah whose shocking crime nearly changed the course of American history.
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John Hinckley Jr. once tried to explain to one of his therapists how he thought assassinating President Ronald Reagan would impress actress Jodie Foster, who starred in the 1976 film "Taxi Driver." The movie's main character tries to assassinate a U.S. senator and presidential candidate. Hinckley, according to court records, said, "Listen, it won't make sense. I was not in my right mind. I was living a very depressed, isolated life, out of touch with reality, estranged from my family. I thought I would be united with Jodie Foster, which is a complete delusion. I thought somehow I would be united spiritually, and maybe physically at some point. It was magical thinking that we would be united through this action."
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A bullet left the White House press secretary partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair until his death 33 years later. Court records show Hinckley told his therapist, "Mr. Brady's death got me thinking pretty deeply into what I did to him with my crime. I so diminished his life and disrupted the lives of his loved ones. It made me feel so sad for him and his family. For years this was in the back of my mind. It was terrible what I did."
When he got word that Brady's death had been ruled a homicide, Hinckley worried he would be charged. But prosecutors decided there were too many legal obstacles, including the fact that a jury had already concluded he was insane. Hinckley said to his therapist, "I was like, thank God. I was so relieved to hear that."