(CNN) – The man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981 now has a YouTube channel.
John Hinckley Jr. spent 35 years in a mental hospital after turning on Reagan in 1981. Now he publishes love songs.
A judge authorizes it.
Hinckley, now 64, has lived with his mother in Williamsburg, Va., Since being released from a mental hospital in 2016.
He will be back in court on Thursday for a status hearing. One thing the court is watching is its YouTube channel.
Hinckley asked the court several years ago to share his art work with others. Legal documents say Hinckley was allowed to publish his music anonymously, but he was disappointed because he wasn’t getting a lot of views and there wasn’t a lot of commentary.
According to a court order in October 2020, Hinckley requested permission to upload his song so that the public could view it under his name. Legal documents indicate that Hinckley has also said he would like to make money from music and art,
“I create things that I think are good and like any other artist, I would like to enjoy it and contribute more to my family,” he said, according to the court record. “I feel like I could help my mom and my brother. I could make money with my art.
Late last year, a judge ruled that Hinckley could “publicly display, under his own name without restriction, his memories, writings, paintings, photographs, works of art or music created by him.”
Hinkley created the YouTube channel, showcasing her vocals while playing the guitar. He posted five videos of his singing along with some original songs and covers by Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.
As of Wednesday, the channel had more than 87,000 views and more than 6,400 subscribers.
Hinckley receives mental health treatment and court-ordered medication. He has monthly appointments with the outpatient forensic medicine service.
Courts across the country do not want people to profit from their crimes. There are laws that prohibit it, but Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
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