John Hinckley, Jr. and the Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan

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John Hinckley, Jr. and the Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan
by: Lee Proctor, Roger Shoffner, and Robert L. McCartor, Ph.D. [Photographs referred to in this article are available on the Parascope website] See video: We dispute the government's claim that John Hinckley, Jr. was the would-be assassin who shot President Reagan. Hinckley certainly was present at the crime scene, and he had a gun in his hand. However, this article will prove that it was impossible for Hinckley to have acted in the manner described by the "official" version of the story. This is not a matter of doubt; the evidence clearly shows that the government's version of the assassination attempt could not have physically happened. During Hinckley's trial and the events leading to it, we have been unable to find any mention of the evidence presented by the government being questioned. Since the whole incident was captured by multiple video cameras, no one questioned the official version. It's all right there, plain as day, just like the government said. Right? Hinckley himself was suffering from a severe mental illness, rendering his recollections of the events suspect. So the video tapes convicted Hinckley in the minds of the public. Ironically, it is that same video evidence which shows beyond any doubt that Hinckley did not shoot Ronald Reagan. A second crucial evidence bag contains the Devastator bullets that Hinckley supposedly fired from his short-barreled .22 revolver. We obtained several Devastator bullets and conducted our own amateur ballistics tests. By comparing the actual specifications of Devastator ammunition to the government's evidence, one can clearly see that Hinckley could not have been firing Devastator bullets. Although his true role in the affair is yet to be uncovered, the only logical conclusion is that Hinckley was quite innocent of the government's charges. A second gunman with a rifle would fill in the holes in the government's case. Hence, a conspiracy. Next: Video reconstruction of the assassination attempt. [To view the image files associated with this special report, visit the PARASCOPE website at] The key to understanding the actual events during the assassination attempt is a reconstruction using the video tapes. We obtained three different tapes showing three different views of the shooting. The government's case, taken from Lincoln Chaplain's book, is as follows: Hinckley waited outside the hotel with a .22 short barreled revolver (actually an RG-14) loaded with six Devastator bullets. As the president approached his limousine, Hinckley fired six shots and wounded four people. The first shot hit Brady, the second hit Delahanty, the third landed in a building across the street, the fourth hit McCarthy, and the fifth hit the limousine's window. The sixth shot hit the side of the limo, slid down the car, ricocheted between the car body and window and wounded Reagan. [See Image 1] The videotapes clearly show this is utter nonsense. In the still images taken from the video evidence,

each shot can be timed, and the relative position of the individuals noted. The last three digits of the time marker are the ones used to denote the events. Reagan was wounded under the left arm, just under the arm pit, by a bullet which had ricocheted and flattened to the size of a dime. The first shot is at time marker 2:00 on two of the tapes and 2:01 on the other. This series of still images shows Reagan with his left arm raised. [See Image 2] On the photo marked 2:11 Reagan is wincing, although this is shown more clearly on the videotape. [See Image 3] Another photo was taken at the same time which also shows Reagan's "grimace." Markers 2:10 and 2:11 denote the second shot. [See Image 3] Brady, barely visible behind Delahanty in the bottom photo, falls. Reagan still has his left arm raised. Markers 2:24 and 2:25 show the third shot. [See Image 4] Although it is not obvious in the still photo, this is the shot that hits Delahanty. Note that by this time Parr has grabbed Reagan from behind and has pinned his left arm to Reagan's side. Parr does not let go during the remaining time. After this shot, therefore, it is impossible for a bullet to enter Reagan's chest under the left arm. The forth shot occurs at markers 3:01 and 3:02. [See Image 5] This is the shot which hit McCarthy in his right abdomen and spins him around. Note that Parr still has Reagan's left arm pinned and is shoving him towards the limo. Stills 3:04-3:10 show Parr pushing Reagan into the limo. [See Image 6] By 3:10 Reagan is out of sight. This is before the fifth shot is fired. Note that all of the persons wounded in the shooting have been shot except, supposedly, Reagan. The two photos at marker 3:27 are the most revealing of all. [See Image 7] This is the fifth shot. The photos show the back of Parr's light gray coat. Parr is in the gap between the car body and window, and Reagan is in front of Parr with his left arm pinned. By the fifth shot, Reagan is inside the limo with Parr on top. Reagan cannot be wounded without a bullet hitting Parr, and this is the fifth shot, not the last one. Hinckley's hand and gun are visible in the bottom right corner; it is obvious that he could only have shot Parr at this time, not Reagan. The last shot occurs at marker 4:05. [See Image 8] Only a very small section of Parr's back remains outside of the limo. Also note that Hinckley's arm is being pushed down by a secret service agent who is attacking Hinckley. This shot, according to the government, is the one which wounded Reagan. Unless Hinckley was using some sort of "magic bullet," that is impossible. For a bullet fired at this time to hit Reagan following the path the government described, it would have had to climb to hit the limo, slide down the car body, jump between the body and the window, make a u-turn, drop two feet, pass through Parr and Reagan's left arm without making a mark, then hit Reagan under the left arm, glance off his seventh rib, and travel through his lung stopping one inch behind his heart and one inch from his aorta. A .22 caliber bullet fired from the revolver Hinckley had cannot do this. No bullet can. It is impossible. Reagan was hit with the first shot, not the last. Above) Was President Reagan hurt BEFORE reaching the car and being pushed into the backseat? According to the official version, Reagan was hit by a dime-shaped flattened bullet which had first hit the limousine and ricocheted into Reagan's chest, right before he

was pushed into the backseat. A bullet could have entered his chest area as he was waving his left arm to spectators well before this. Remember, Reagan was unaware of his injury until he started to cough up blood in the limousine after leaving the scene of the attack. The sequence of the wounds is critical. Reagan could only have been hit under the left arm at the beginning of the shooting spree -- when his left arm was raised. According to the hospital personnel who operated on Reagan, the president was hit by a ricochet. A ricochet could only have come from Reagan's left. The limousine was to his right. No bullet could have glanced off the car and hit him under his left arm. Therefore, the bullet must have glanced off the stone wall to Reagan's left. For Hinckley to have hit the stone wall from where he was, he would have had to aim well away from Reagan and fire almost around a corner. Also, his gun was a .22 caliber short-barrel revolver firing a .22 long bullet. Such a weapon is incapable of firing a bullet with enough velocity to hit the wall, hit Reagan, nick a rib, and cross through a large mass of tissue. Only a rifle firing a high velocity bullet, such as a .223 or similar rifle, could have done this. Hinckley had no such weapon. HINCKLEY did not shoot Reagan. It is IMPOSSIBLE. Supposedly Brady was hit by an Devastator bullet which exploded. From the casing, a Devastator cannot be distinguished from any CCI .22 bullet. The only difference is in the slug. The Devastator, manufactured by Bingham Ltd., is merely a regular .22 long with an aluminum canister filled with lead azide inserted in the bored-out tip. The explosive is in the canister, and the canister is in the copper slug. In "Thumbs Up," the author reports that the canister containing the explosive was removed from Brady's brain. This could not have happened. There is no way that the lead azide could have exploded, causing the slug surrounding the canister to explode, without destroying the canister. That is like finding the wrapping of a stick of dynamite after it has exploded. One may find fragments, but that is all. The doctors may have removed small portions of the canister, but it was stated that they removed the canister. That could not have happened. Furthermore, the Devastator explodes on impact, resulting in a large surface wound. Brady's wound was reported to be about the size of a pencil eraser, which is inconsistent with a wound inflicted by a Devastator. However, a bullet fired from a rifle does have enough velocity to hit the thick bone of the forehead, splinter, and continue through brain tissue. Two wounds could possibly have been inflicted by Hinckley, although in all likelihood they were not. Reports state that Hinckley was crouched and always firing in Reagan's direction. Delahanty was hit in the upper left area of his back. From the video, one can see how close Hinckley was to Delahanty. Hinckley would have had to point almost straight up to shoot Delahanty. McCarthy was hit on his right side, the side away from Hinckley. The shot had enough force to lift and spin him around. A . 22 caliber long fired from a short-barrel revolver will rarely have enough force to do this. The angle and force of the shot indicate that it was unlikely to have come from Hinckley's weapon. During the last two shots, Hinckley's arm and gun are visible and the position of the wounded can be pinpointed. Neither of these shots hit any one. Yet the

government's version of the shooting states something completely different and completely at odds with the facts. The government's version is a fabrication; it does not reconstruct what actually happened. It does not even come close. The descriptions given here of the capabilities of the Devastator bullet are based on our own tests of the Devastator bullets. The Devastator does not have a high-propellant charge. In fact, one round contains 0.15 grams, or 2.31 grains, of powder. We also examined the remains of Devastators which did and did not explode after firing. The actual behavior of the Devastator does not line up with the government's description. Any Devastator hitting with enough force to flatten to the size of a dime will explode; the angle of contact is inconsequential. Therefore the bullet which hit Reagan could not have been a Devastator. The slug removed from McCarthy was not described as looking different from other .22 slugs, yet the slug is the only distinctive part of a Devastator. At the time of the shooting it was stated that the bullet was widely available. However, we were unable to locate a gun shop which had ever stocked the ammunition. Hinckley called the bullets he purchased "Stingers," and they probably were. It took the FBI some time to conclude that the bullets were .22 caliber Devastators. In fact, even though they supposedly had both Hinckley and his weapon, it took them some time to deduce that a . 22 weapon was used in the shootings. They first claimed it was a .38. There is little believable evidence that Hinckley fired Devastator bullets from his weapon. What actually happened, we do not know. However, the evidence clearly shows Hinckley could not have done what he was accused of doing. Another shooter with a rifle inflicted the wounds. The chances of two people randomly choosing the same time and place to assassinate the president are too astronomical to accept. Hinckley perfectly fits the mold of the "lone nut" assassin, making him the perfect patsy for a larger conspiracy. But what conspiracy? Who would have been involved? At this time, we simply don't have enough evidence to provide credible answers to those questions. But the evidence does show that Hinckley could not have acted alone. Hopefully further research on this subject will shed some light on the conspiracy behind the attempted assassination of President Reagan. [All Rights Reserved to the Authors.] Source:

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