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Name: Arthur Herman Bremer                                                                   
Born: 21 August 1950                                                                         
Arthur Herman Bremer (born August 21, 1950), the son of a Milwaukee truck driver,             
shot U.S. Democratic presidential candidate George Corley Wallace on May 15,                 
1972 in Laurel, Maryland, leaving him paralyzed for life. He was sentenced to 53             
years in a Maryland prison for the shooting of Wallace and three bystanders.                 
After 35 years of incarceration, Bremer was released from prison on parole on                 
November 9, 2007.                                                                             
Arthur Bremer grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a working-class household. He               
did well in English and history at school and displayed a talent for writing,                 
although his grades were generally mediocre. He scored 106 on an IQ test in high-school,     
and around 114 on a test after his arrest.                                                   
School was an ordeal for Bremer, who could not make friends. Bremer wrote, "No               
English or history test was ever as hard, no math final exam ever as difficult               
as waiting in a school lunch line alone, waiting to eat alone ... while hundreds             
huddled & gossiped and roared, & laughed and stared at me ..." and "No one ever               
noticed me nor took interest in me as an individual with the need to receive or               
give love. In junior high school, I was an object of pure ridicule for my dress,             
withdrawal, and asocial manner. Dozens of times, I saw individuals laugh and                 
smile more in ten to fifteen minutes than I did in all my life up to then".                   
One teacher wrote that it was a pleasure to have Bremer in class, but when he                 
was in the third grade another wrote that "Arthur has adjusted well in class but             
hasn't made an effort as of yet to play with the other children at recess".                   
He was remembered for awkward laughter and not being able to engage in small                 
talk with others.                                                                             
Bremer was not rebellious as a youth and did not attract concern. Instead, he                 
was an adolescent in emotional trouble whose problems were overlooked because                 
they did not involve transgressions on which authorities focus. Despite his                   
problems, he graduated from high school on January 28, 1969.