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Art Imitates Life Imitates Art Imitates…

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George
W. Wallace, governor of Alabama and 1972 Democratic presidential hopeful, was
paralyzed when Arthur Bremer shot him in the spine during the campaign
(although Bremer wrote that Richard Nixon would have been a more satisfying, if
less accessible, target). 

The
assassination attempt got Bremer a 53-year sentence and some measure of
immortality: Paul Schrader based the character of Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle
on Bremer. The chain of inspiration
continued when John W. Hinckley Jr. expressed his admiration for Jodie Foster,
one of the film’s stars, by shooting President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Now
Bremer is scheduled for release from the Maryland Correctional Institute on or
before December 16th. In his
35 years of incarceration, he has “never had an infraction,” according to a
program manager at the Maryland Parole Commission.

Can
this snake-eating-its-tail news to film to news cycle stand one more
chapter? Bremer kept a journal of his
nefarious intentions. The second half of
it, “An Assassin’s Diary,” was published in 1973. The first half, which Bremer buried just
before putting his plans into action, was excavated from a landfill in 1980. Adaptation attempt, anyone?

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