Who Shot Reagan? Remember John Hinkley?
knows who John Hinckley, Jr. is. This youngest Hinckley son is now
being permitted unsupervised visits within the Washington, DC
metropolitan area--away from his mental facility, after nearly killing
President Reagan in 1981. But a much more interesting subject is, who
is John Hinckley, Sr.?
HINCKLEY AND BUSH FAMILIES WERE CLOSE FRIENDS
by Connie Cook Smith
(printed with permission)
In 1980, Hinckley Sr. was
a Texas oilman who, the records show, strove mightily to get fellow
Texas oilman George H.W. Bush the Republican nomination for president.
The Bushes and the Hinckleys were frequent dinner companions.
But far beyond their social connection, neither Bush nor Hinckley
wanted Ronald Reagan to become president, because Reagan was opposed to
tax breaks for the oil industry to which Bush, Hinckley and other
Texans were highly dependent.
The effort to make Bush Sr. president in 1980 failed; but he and his
friend and backer Hinckley Sr. got the next best thing – the "heartbeat
away from the presidency" office of Vice-President of the United States.
couple months later, Hinckley Jr. shot Reagan, and Bush Sr. very nearly
did become president at that time, after all. Curiously, only one time
was it announced on the news about the connections between the Bush and
Hinckley families: An almost bewildered John Chancellor on NBC Nightly
News reported "the bizarre coincidence" that Vice President Bush's son,
Neil, and Scott Hinckley had dinner plans for March 31, 1981 -- now
cancelled, of course. [But even Chancellor failed to mention the close
friendship between the the assassin's father and Vice President
Bush--let alone the rest of the corporate media.]
Reports indicate that the Bush family strove mightily to keep this
information from the American people. And some reports list this
incredible "coincidence" -- directly linked to the assassination
attempt of President Reagan -- as one of the most spiked stories of the
In other words, the brother of the shooter and the son of the
vice-president (and their wives) had a dinner date for the day after
the shooting. But it really wasn’t such "a bizarre coincidence." Those
two families were very close; but the press never focused on that
critical fact as it should have. If Reagan had died, the oilmen’s
interests would have been served.
Some people think that Hinckley Jr. was mind-controlled, CIA-style, to
shoot Reagan. George Bush Sr. was head of the CIA a few years before.
Others think that young Hinckley wanted to please his dad and get Bush,
his dad’s candidate and close friend, into the presidency for him after
Interestingly, legal experts note that the crime occurred in Washington, D.C., the only venue in the United States at that time which recognized an insanity defense. If the kid committed the crime in D.C., he would never serve hard time? Well, coincidentally, that's where he committed it.
A very good read on the Hinckley-Bush connections is a book that came
out about 20 years ago, entitled, "The Afternoon of March 30." It was
published as a novel in order to protect the author. This book is now
more relevant than ever, and it can be obtained at: http://www.nathanielblumberg.com/bush.htm.
But there’s another coincidence to mention. In January of 1963,
President John F. Kennedy announced his plan to cut the tax breaks for
the oil industry. Oilmen H.L. Hunt, George H.W. Bush (head of Zapata
Petroleum), and others were no doubt enraged. What a curious twist of
fate that Kennedy was shot in Texas later that same year.
In the 1990's, LBJ’s now-undisputed mistress Madeleine Brown announced
that LBJ told her that Kennedy was murdered "by the oil people, and
aspects of the CIA."
And gosh, one more coincidence – we now have another Bush, the oilman’s
son, becoming U.S. President in a very quirky election. And many
individuals believe he gave the American people completely phony
reasons for invading Iraq-- one of the most oil-rich nations in the
Sidebar: Many other significant facts concerning the Bush and Hinckley
families have remained unexplored and unexplained, in addition to other
matters related to the assassination attempt detailed in Blumberg's
book which is found at: http://www.nathanielblumberg.com/bush.htm :
1. Neil Bush, a landman for Amoco Oil, told Denver reporters he had met
Scott Hinckley at a surprise party at the Bush home January 23, 1981
[Nine weeks before Hinckley's brother John Jr. attempted to assassinate
President Reagan--which would have elevated Bush Sr. to the presidency],
and approximately three weeks after the U.S. Department of Energy had
begun what was termed a "routine audit" of the books of the Vanderbilt
Energy Corporation, the Hinckley oil company. In an incredible
coincidence, on the morning of March 30 [the day of the Reagan assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr.],
three representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy told Scott
Hinckley, John Hinckley Jr.'s older brother and Vanderbilt's vice
president of operations, that auditors had uncovered evidence of
pricing violations on crude oil sold by the company from 1977 through
1980. The auditors announced that the federal government was
considering a penalty of two million dollars. [This,
on the same day that his brother John--the youngest son of Vice
President Bush's close friend--attempted the assassination!] Scott
Hinckley reportedly requested "several hours to come up with an
explanation" of the serious overcharges. The meeting ended a little
more than an hour before John Hinckly Jr. shot President Reagan.
2. Excerpts from an interview by Theresa Walla, United Press
International, March 9, 1985: Journalism professor Nathaniel Blumberg
was so disturbed about the investigation into the attempted
assassination of President Reagan that he turned his suspicions into a
In The Afternoon of March 30 , Blumberg blends fact and fiction in looking at the unreported
"connections" between Hinckley's family and that of Vice President
George Bush, the man who came within a heartbeat of the presidency of
the United States.
"What I'm really after is the case to be officially reopened," said the Rhodes scholar and former
dean of the University of Montana journalism school. "If they can
answer all the questions satisfactorily, I'll be delighted," he said in
an interview. "In truth, I don't think all the questions can be
answered without opening up a whole new can of worms."
Blumberg's unease is now focused on the indifference shown to what he
calls "the story behind the story." Bush, he said, has questions to
answer in connection with the attempt. So do the FBI and the judge who
presided over Hinckley's trial, according to Blumberg.
"I'm not saying there was a conspiracy to assassinate Reagan," Blumberg
emphasized. "I'm saying there was a conspiracy to keep significant
information from the public that it has a right to know."
Blumberg asks his readers to consider his contentions that journalists
were fed a barely believable story full of inconsistencies. A long-time
media critic, he decided the example warranted more than a critique of
press performance in a crisis. Such efforts, he said, usually "go out
there and die." Instead, he chose to weave his questions into a novel
so it would reach a broader audience and allow him to probe problems in
society and corruption in government, as well as maladies of the U.S.
His book chronicles the adventures of a fictitious Montana newsman who
follows the information trail deserted by the national media. His
documentation is put in the form of an article the fictitious hero is
writing. Blumberg published the book on his own Wood FIRE Ashes Press
to retain total control over the quality.
"Have you ever heard an author say what a great job his publisher did
with a book?" he asks. But, without a commercial advertising campaign,
he's had to market the book in an "organic, straightforward fashion."
Blumberg says he mails out several copies of the novel each week and
expects it to "stay alive as long as people continue to care about