John Hinkley Jr., Would Be Presidential Assassin Turned Recording Artist

Forty years after trying to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr. is trying to become a YouTube star.

Hinckley, 66, has posted six songs since winning a court battle last year, allowing him to display his music, writings and other art.

His first YouTube post was a performance of an original song titled “Majesty of Love.” His most recent original is called “Everything Is Gonna’ Be Alright.” He's also covered Elvis Presley's “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

People seem to be enjoying the performances. One fan wrote, “When I heard you were released and making songs on YouTube I thought it was a joke, but far out this was such a beautiful song. You are very talented, please make more.”

Another joked, “Might’ve failed assassination but you didn’t fail to hit those beats.”

On March 30th, 1981, Hinckley shot the President outside a Washington, D.C. hotel. At the time, he said he did it to impress actress JodieFoster. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was released from a psychiatric institution in 2016.

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