Readings — From the October 2013 issue

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From recent mental-health evaluations of John Hinckley Jr., included in court documents submitted in April in support of a request by his attorneys to increase the amount of time Hinckley is allowed to spend on leave from St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other men in 1981, in what he said was an attempt to impress the actress Jodie Foster, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

While outside on grounds privileges, he usually can be found sitting alone or with his female friend on a bench or off in the distance feeding his cats.

He enjoys conversations about sports in general and baseball in particular.

He limits his reading to the newspaper in general and the sports section in particular.

Mr. Hinckley’s music of choice remains primarily the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

He does not attempt to draw attention to himself when others are present, nor does he inappropriately withdraw to more secluded locations.

While in his mother’s residence, Mr. Hinckley has participated in various chores like dish washing and leaf raking. The quietness of the neighborhood has limited social interaction to an occasional wave or smile.

Mr. Hinckley’s female friend was observed on the grounds of the Hospital loudly shouting religious words and Mr. Hinckley’s name. Mr. Hinckley indicated that he did not see her, as he was feeding his cats. When asked if this behavior impacts his choice to remain in a relationship with her, he indicated that he would continue unless he met someone while on his home visits.

He reported viewing and enjoying two movies, when in fact he did not view the movies at all.

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