24. THE UNEXPLORED STORY BEHIND THE HINCKLEY ASSASSINATION
On the afternoon of March 30, 1981, 25-year-old John Hinckley Jr. fired
six Devastator bullets at Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
For more than two months, there was endless speculation as to why this
lonely young drifter would attempt to assassinate the President. But
the speculation ended in June when Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt told reporters
that authorities had established a motive in the attempted assassination.
Then after a series of "leaks" from anonymous sources, the
waiting public was told that Hinckley "did it for" Jodie Foster,
an actress who was attending Yale University at the time.
Following are some facts which the American public wasn't told:
-- The day after the assassination attempt, Scott Hinckley, John's
older brother, was scheduled to have dinner at the home of Neil Bush,
son of Vice President George Bush;
-- The Bush/Hinckley family connection goes back more than ten years,
encompassing joint oil ventures and campaign contributions;
-- Hours before the assassination attempt, the Hinckley oil business,
headquartered in Denver, learned that federal investigators had uncovered
evidence of major pricing violations on crude oil sold by the Hinckley
company and was warned that it might be fined a penalty of $2 million;
-- While in custody, John Hinckley wrote letters saying that he was
part of a conspiracy;
-- The only piece of evidence supporting Hinckley's alleged infatuation
with actress Jodie Foster as a motive for the assassination attempt
was a letter that was never seen by the press or public.
This extraordinary information is the result of a well-documented research
effort by Nathaniel Blumberg, a journalist, professor, lecturer, and
a former Dean of the University of Montana School of Journalism as well
as a Rhodes Scholar. Blumberg attributes the censorship of the information
to a conspiracy on the part of the Department of Justice and other agencies
in the executive branch of government to control the release of information
concerning the attempted assassination; to the failure of both the Bush
and Hinckley families to answer questions of legitimate public interest;
and to the American press for failing to ask the questions that should
have been asked rather than following the Jodie Foster red herring which
was more sensational but less relevant to the attempted assassination.
Blumberg says he does not mean to say definitely that there was a conspiracy
to elevate Vice President Bush to the presidency; however, he does document
how the American public was systematically deprived of pertinent information
about a variety of "extraordinary coincidences" connected
with the events of March 30, 1981.
THE AFTERNOON OF MARCH 30, by Nathaniel Blumberg, Wood/FIRE/ Ashes
Press, Big Fork, Montana, 1984.