Thursday, August 23, 2007


Arthur Bremer was not quite 22 when he shot George Wallace in 1972.

Wallace was running for president. Bremer's bullets paralyzed Wallace, ended his political career, and created a bizarre life-imitates-art-imitates-life circle.

Bremer is scheduled to be paroled this year. The New York Times notes a special condition of Bremer's release:
“He can’t be around political candidates or any elected official,” said Ruth A. Ogle, a program manager at the Maryland Parole Commission. “He can’t go to a rally, a public appearance, a political dinner, anything like that.”

In 1996, the commission denied Mr. Bremer’s application for parole, saying early release would mean “open hunting season” on politicians.
Bremer became the inspiration for the character Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. Bickle, in turn, inspired John Hinckley, Jr. to shoot Ronald Reagan.

All for the love of Jodie Foster.


Anonymous said...

and some sweeeet deals for nicole, lindsay and vicky. pity the po' wrongly convicted ex-fertilizer salesdude from modesto. ain't amurican justice grand?

Anonymous said...

john couey got his just desserts at least.

wuddog said...

Who's Wallace Gunman?