Imagine: John Lennon Dead Dec 8 1980


Pretty cold weekend, huh?  We warm up this week with Tuesday being in the 50’s but then we back off to the 40’s.  After getting my electric/gas bill last month…I am pleased.  In short, snow talk should be put awy for awhile.

On This Date in History:  John Lennon was shot and killed on this date in 1980.  I remember I was in my dorm lennon-mirrorroom at Jester Hall at the University of Texas at Austin.  13th floor…methinks it was room 1325.  Gary Hindman was my roomate. I called him Captain America.  It was a Monday night because Howard Cosell announced the shooting toward the end of Monday Night Football. 

Public Gathers Outside The Dakota

Public Gathers Outside The Dakota

Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, lived in an apartment in New York called The Dakota.  A bunch of people were hanging around waiting to catch a glimpse of the couple.  Mark David Chapman was a messed up guy who got into reading JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.  He related to the protagonist of the novel about disaffected youth.  Chapman lived in Hawaii and decided that he would shoot Lennon since he mused that Lennon was a phony.  He bought a gun in Hawaii and flew to New York.  He called his wife to tell him what he was going to do but she did not report it or say anything because she did not believe him.  Chapman was unable to purchase ammunition for his gun in New York so he flew to Atlanta where he bought dum-dum bullets and a copy of Catcher in the Rye.  He returned to  New York and when Lennon and Ono emerged from The Dakota, he shot him in the back and then twice in the shoulder.  I read some report that claimed Lennon lost 80% of his blood. 

An interesting thing about Lennon’s death is that the reporting and public reaction were similar to that when JFK,

Chapman Mugshot Dec 9 1980

Chapman Mugshot Dec 9 1980

 RFK and MLK were assassinated.  It mirrored what would happen a few months later when President Reagan was  shot…I was in Jester Hall then too.  But those guys were all politicians.  He was a musician but one who had an influence perhaps on par with presidents.  Now, Chapman at the last moment pleaded guilty instead of copping an insanity plea. He was given 20 years to life….

Here’s the kicker….he went to Attica Prison where in 1970 the famous riot broke out and Lennon became inspired to write Attica State, aka Free All Prisoners Everywhere.  Chapman became a born-again Christian in prison and evangelical writing.

Here’s a detailed sketch regarding the death of John Lennon on December 8, 1980.


7 Responses

  1. A sad day indeed the day John was shot, and a brilliant talent taken from this world.

  2. I think that Chapman was just a selfish stupid man…he just wanted popularity but just by speaking of his name, you are giving the popularity to him…


  4. #@*! all those killers! hunt them all down!

  5. John Lennon was a great man with an amazing talent for singing and son writeing i love john lennon with all my heart i am a major betales fan i live in dundee and realy wish that john lennon wasn,t murdered such a horible way to die my kind regards cyintha julian yoko ono paul and ringo starr love logan

  6. such a terrible day just because i was born a year after him
    1981 Dec 8 does not mean anything! He is my favorite beatle

  7. The death of John Lennon in 1980 and the media paid little attention of the passing of this brilliant businessperson, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Colonel Harland David Sanders.

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