Although he had a history of mental illness,"" Time 21 May 1979. police investigated his claims that he was part of a four-man operation to assassinate the president. He claimed that he had been approached by three Latino men staying at the Alan Hotel who gave him the starter pistol, and asked him to shoot it into the ground to create a diversion, so they could then shoot the president from their hotel room during the distraction."The Plot to Kill Carter." Newsweek 21 May 1979."Alleged Carter death plot: man charged." Sydney Morning Herald 10 May 1979.