Episode 167: Tom Baker – Attempted Assassination of President Reagan

In this episode, retired agent Tom Baker reviews the FBI’s investigation of the March 1981, attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr.

He discusses how lessons learned from the assassination of President Kennedy were immediately utilized in the initial management and coordination of multiple agencies under intense media scrutiny.

Tom served in the FBI for 33 years. During his career, he was assigned to leadership roles that had him with dealing with terrorist and criminal challenges. He has extensive experience with police management and training issues, having served as a management instructor at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia and as the Legal Attaché in Canberra, Australia, and Paris, France.

Tom has been published in professional journals on aspects of biometrics, major case management, and police training and has also presented before national and international forums, and on television and radio, concerning these topics. Currently, he’s an international law enforcement consultant, and advises law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and worldwide on innovations in forensics, communications, and identification systems.

Special Agent (Retired)

Thomas Baker

1968 – 2000







“A crisis scene is not the time to be exchanging business cards.”—Retired Agent Tom Baker

The following are links to newspaper articles, videos and documents from the FBI website regarding the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr, on March 2. 1981:

Anatomy Of An Assassination Attempt | TIME (VIDEO)


Witness to History – National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund – APRIL 11, 2017:  1981 Assassination Attempt on President Reagan (VIDEO)

From the FBI Vault – Prosecutive Report re Investigation of John Hinckley, Jr.

President Ronald Reagan on March 2, 1981 just moments before he was shot during an attempted assassination attempt on his live.











John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of the attempted assassination of President Reagan.














Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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