Assassinated Presidents

Scroll down to see articles about the U.S. presidents who died in office, and the backgrounds and motivations of their assassins

Scroll down to see articles about the U.S. presidents who died in office, and the backgrounds and motivations of their assassins


LeRoy Johnson

LeRoy Johnson: Threatening the President for the Gulf War

The following article on LeRoy Johnson is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  On December 26, 1989, LeRoy Johnson Jr. was convicted of burglary and sent to the Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn,…

frank paul jones

Frank Paul Jones: Stalking Janet Jackson and Bush 41

The following article on Frank Paul Jones is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In 1992, Frank Paul Jones, a thirty-three-year-old man who suffered from a bipolar disorder, had become obsessed…

Robert W. Nelson

Robert W. Nelson: Would-Be Reagan Assassin

The following article on Robert W. Nelson is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In 1986, Reagan visited Spokane, Washington, to campaign for Republican senator Slade Gorton. Before the visit Secret…

Edward Patterson

Edward Patterson: Repeat Threatener of Reagan

The following article on Edward Patterson is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  One of the most dangerous “repeat threateners” of President Ronald Reagan was Edward Patterson, a thirty-eight-year-old drifter who…

John Hinckley Jr.

John Hinckley Jr.: Hunting Carter and Reagan

The following article on John Hinckley Jr. is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Arguably the most dangerous threat President Carter faced came from the man who would eventually set his…

Ervil LeBaron

Ervil LeBaron: Hunting President Carter

The following article on Ervil LeBaron is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In summer 1978 the Secret Service joined in the hunt for one of the most dangerous men ever to threaten…

Sam Melville–Jonathan Jackson Unit

Sam Melville–Jonathan Jackson Unit

The following article on the Sam Melville–Jonathan Jackson Unit is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Secret Service investigated at least two domestic political groups considered to be threats to President Jimmy…

Raymond Lee Harvey

Raymond Lee Harvey: The Drifter Who Tried to Kill Carter

The following article on Raymond Lee Harvey is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In 1979, President Jimmy Carter addressed a Hispanic crowd in Los Angeles’s Civic Center Mall celebrating Cinco…

andrew topping

Andrew Topping: Radical Presidential Assassin

The following article on Andrew Topping is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In the fall of 1972 the Secret Service investigated an “assassin-for-hire” case in New York City. Andrew B.…

arthur bremer

Arthur Bremer: Attempted 1972 Nixon Assassination

The following article on Arthur Bremer is an excerpt from Mel Ayton's Hunting the President: Threats, Plots, and Assassination Attempts—From FDR to Obama. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In early 1972 President Richard Nixon was stalked by his would-be assassin Arthur Bremer. Bremer wanted to do “something…

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