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Hinckley home prompts real estate agent’s warning

John Hinckley Jr. lives with his mother in this home in the Kingsmill resort in Williamsburg, Va. (Associated Press)
John Hinckley Jr. lives with his mother in this home in the Kingsmill resort in Williamsburg, Va. (Associated Press)

Real estate agent John Womeldorf always points out the street where John Hinckley’s 89-year-old mother lives if he’s showing a house in the same resort community. He doesn’t want new homeowners to be surprised after they’ve moved in.

“I just matter-of-factly ask them ‘Do you remember the guy that shot President Reagan?’ And usually they do and I say, ‘Well his mother lives here and he gets released a number of times a year and comes and stays with his mom,’ ” Womeldorf said.

The news has deterred maybe one or two buyers, he said.

Cabot Wade, a musician who gave Hinckley guitar lessons, said he never felt Hinckley was violent or dangerous. Nevertheless, he said, “Nobody will touch him with a 10-foot pole.”

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