Connecting Reagan’s Assassin and Lennon’s Killer — OZY’s New Podcast
The Thread is OZY’s top-rated weekly podcast, and in Season 4, it delves into the contentious criminal defense of John Hinckley Jr., who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 D.C.-to-Washington bus trip.
In addition to his Greyhound passage, Hinckley also took copies of the first chapters of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, which played a key role in his decision to kill Ronald Reagan. Hinckley spent the last New Year’s Eve of his life ranting into a tape recorder. He was obsessed with Jodie Fowler.
Did John Hinckley read Catcher in the Rye?
After shooting and killing John Lennon, Mark David Chapman calmly opened up Catcher in the Rye and began reading it u2014 before being apprehended; John Hinckley, the man who attempted to kill Ronald Reagan, also had the book.
What book do most serial killers read?
The Best Books on Serial Killers
- Maureen Callahan’s American Predator.
- Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors.
- Steve Miller’s Nobody’s Women.
- Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
- Ann Rule’s The Want-Ad Killer.
- Perfume. by Patrick Suskind.
- The Devil in the White City. by Erik Larson.
- Zodiac. by Robert Graysmith.
Who reads Catcher in the Rye?
People read u201cThe Catcher in the Ryeu201d when they are around fourteen years old, usually because the book was given or assigned to them by peopleu2014parents or teachersu2014who read it when they were fourteen years old, because it was given or assigned to them by someone.
Is The Catcher in the Rye a true story?
The film will follow Salinger’s early life, including his time deployed in France during World War II and the events that led to the now-iconic Catcher in the Rye, written and directed by Danny Storm (of Gilmore Girls and Empire fame).
Why is Catcher in the Rye banned?
The book was removed from school libraries in Morris, Manitoba, for u201cexcessive vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occultu201d (Bookczuk). It was also banned from Boron High School in California in 1989 due to profanity.
What mental disorder does Holden Caulfield have?
Caulfield may be suffering from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which could be the result of a number of factors, including the death of his younger brother Allie, as well as witnessing the gruesome scene of a classmate’s death.
Who is the Zodiac killer?
Robert Graysmith, a true-crime author and former San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist, wrote two books about the killer (1986’s Zodiac and 2002’s Zodiac Unmasked), eventually naming Arthur Leigh Allen as the most likely suspect.
Who is the best fictional serial killer?
The Top 10 Fictional Serial Killers on TV
- 1 Ghostface (Scream), 2 The Trinity Killer (Dexter), 3 El Cuco (The Outsider), 4 Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal), 5 Joe Carroll (The Following), 6 Norman Bates (Bates Motel), 7 Martin Whitly (Prodigal Son), 8 Paul Spector (The Fall)
Why do I like to read about serial killers?
The fascination with serial killers stems in part from a desire to understand why someone would do such horrible things to people who are generally strangers to them.u201d Humans are wired to try to make sense of and understand their surroundings, but serial killers defy logic.
Why is Catcher in the Rye so famous?
It’s been praised for changing the course of post-World War II writingu2014at least American writingu2014in the same way that Ernest Hemingway’s work did during the interwar period, with tens of millions of copies sold and hundreds of thousands more sold every year.
Is Holden in a mental hospital at the end of the book?
After a two-month gap in time, he explains that he returned home to his family and became ill, and that he was admitted to a rest home, also known as a hospital, to treat his mental illness. He narrates the book’s final section from this institution, with a positive outlook on the future.
What does the term Catcher in the Rye mean?
The title of The Catcher in the Rye is a reference to Robert Burns’ poem “Comin’ Thro the Rye,” which serves as a metaphor for the main character’s desire to preserve childhood innocence: “If a body catch a body coming through the rye.”
What is wrong with Holden Caulfield?
The fictional cause of Holden Caulfield’s PTSD is the death of his beloved little brother, Allie; the reason that The Catcher in the Rye is so powerful is that it is a true book (I don’t say that it is a true story). Salinger’s PTSD is Salinger’s PTSD, and Holden’s PTSD is Holden’s PTSD.
Who was killed because of Catcher in the Rye?
Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon outside of Lennon’s Manhattan home on December 8, 1980, and police officers arrived to find Chapman casually flipping through his copy of Catcher in the Rye. When asked why he chose to kill John Lennon, Chapman stated, “because he was famous.”
Why did Holden never call Jane?
3. Holden has this image of Jane as this young girl who keeps all her kings in the back row and she’s young and authentic, and he clearly has feelings for her because he tried to call her a couple of times when he had nothing to do.