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The Dakota doorman Jose Perdomo and a close-by taxi driver noticed Chapman standing within the shadows by the archway.[22] The Lennons handed Chapman and walked towards the archway entrance of the constructing. As Ono handed by, Chapman nodded at her. As Lennon handed by, he glanced briefly at Chapman, showing to acknowledge him from earlier.[23] Seconds later, Chapman withdrew a Charter Arms .38 caliber revolver that he had hidden in his coat pocket, aimed on the centre of Lennon’s again and rapidly fired 5 hollow-point bullets at him from a distance of about 9 or ten toes (3 m).[24]

The Lennons spent a number of hours on the Record Plant studio earlier than returning to the Dakota at roughly 10:50 p.m.[2] Lennon had determined in opposition to eating out so he might be residence in time to say goodnight to his son, earlier than happening to the Stage Deli restaurant with Ono.[2] The Lennons exited their limousine on 72nd Street as an alternative of driving into the safer courtyard of the Dakota.[21]

At roughly 5:00 p.m., Lennon and Ono left the Dakota for a recording session at Record Plant Studios. As they have been strolling to a limousine (shared with the RKO Radio crew), they have been approached by Chapman. It was widespread for followers to attend exterior the Dakota to satisfy Lennon and ask for his autograph.[14] Lennon appreciated to oblige, with autographs or footage, any followers who had been ready for lengthy durations of time to satisfy him, stating throughout a 6 December 1980 interview with BBC Radio’s Andy Peebles: “People come and ask for autographs, or say ‘Hi’, however they do not bug you.”[2] Chapman requested Lennon to signal a replica of his album, Double Fantasy.[15][16] Chapman mentioned, “He was very sort to me. Ironically, very sort and was very affected person with me. The limousine was ready … and he took his time with me and he obtained the pen going and he signed my album. He requested me if I wanted anything. I mentioned, ‘No. No sir.’ And he walked away. Very cordial and respectable man.”[17] In 1992, Chapman mentioned he felt Lennon knew there was one thing suspicious about him.[18] Photographer and Lennon fan Paul Goresh took a photograph of Lennon signing Chapman’s album.[19] In a later interview, Chapman mentioned that he tried to get Goresh to remain and that he requested one other Lennon fan who was lingering on the constructing’s entrance to exit with him that night time. He recommended that if the woman had accepted his invitation or Goresh had stayed, he wouldn’t have murdered Lennon that night, however he most likely would have tried one other day.[12]Chapman has since made public apologies relating to his “despicable act” in the direction of Lennon. [20]

Chapman flew again to New York on 6 December 1980.[11] On the morning of 8 December, Chapman left his room on the Sheraton Hotel, leaving private gadgets behind that the police would later discover. He purchased a replica of The Catcher within the Rye through which he wrote “This is my assertion”, signing it “Holden Caulfield.” Chapman then waited for Lennon exterior the Dakota in early-morning and spent most of the day close to the doorway to the Dakota, speaking to followers and the doorman. During that morning, a distracted Chapman missed seeing Lennon step out of a cab and enter the Dakota. Later within the morning, Chapman met Lennon’s household nanny, Helen Seaman, who was getting back from a stroll with Lennon’s five-year-old son Sean. Chapman reached in entrance of the housekeeper to shake Sean’s hand and mentioned that he was a fantastic boy, quoting Lennon’s music “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”.[12][13]

Mark David Chapman, a 25-year-old former safety guard from Honolulu, Hawaii, had been a fan of the Beatles. He would later declare he had been enraged by Lennon’s notorious, much-publicized 1966 comment in regards to the group being “extra well-liked than Jesus”, and particularly by the lyrics of Lennon’s later songs. Chapman mentioned he determined Lennon was a “phony” based mostly on the dichotomy between Lennon’s altruistic lyric “think about no possessions” and his lavish way of life as depicted in Anthony Fawcett’s ebook John Lennon: One Day at a Time, revealed by Grove Press in 1976.[7] J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher within the Rye took on nice private significance for Chapman, to the extent that he wished to mannequin his life after the novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield. One of the novel’s major themes is Caulfield’s rage in opposition to grownup hypocrisy and “phonies”.[8] At the time of the homicide, he had no prior legal convictions.[9] Chapman mentioned he had beforehand travelled to New York with the intention of murdering Lennon in October, however had modified his thoughts and returned residence.[10]

Portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz went to the Lennons’ condominium to do a photograph shoot for Rolling Stone journal.[2] Leibovitz promised them {that a} photograph of the 2 of them collectively would make the entrance cowl of the journal. Leibovitz had taken a number of photographs of John Lennon alone and one was initially set to be on the quilt.[3] Leibovitz mentioned, “Nobody needed [Ono] on the quilt”.[4] Lennon insisted that each he and his spouse be on the quilt, and after taking the photographs, Leibovitz left their condominium at 3:30 p.m.[2] After the photograph shoot, Lennon gave what could be his final interview, to San Francisco DJ Dave Sholin, for a music present to be broadcast on the RKO Radio Network.[5] At round 5 p.m., Lennon and Ono, delayed by a late limousine, left their condominium to combine the music “Walking on Thin Ice” (an Ono music that includes Lennon on lead guitar) on the Record Plant Studio.[6]

A worldwide outpouring of grief ensued on an unprecedented scale. Crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in entrance of the Dakota. People in close by buildings positioned lit candles of their home windows,[1] and a minimum of three Beatles followers killed themselves. Lennon was cremated on the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. The ashes got to Ono, who requested 10 minutes of silence around the globe as an alternative of holding a funeral. Chapman pleaded responsible to murdering Lennon and was given a sentence of 20-years-to-life imprisonment in an Upstate New York jail. He has been denied parole 11 instances since changing into eligible in 2000.

Chapman deliberate the killing over a number of months and waited for Lennon on the Dakota on the morning of 8 December. During the night he met Lennon, who signed his copy of the album Double Fantasy. Lennon left together with his spouse, Yoko Ono, for a recording session on the Record Plant. Later that night time, Lennon and Ono returned to the Dakota. As they walked in the direction of the doorway of the constructing, Chapman fired 5 hollow-point bullets from a .38 particular revolver, 4 of which hit Lennon within the again. Chapman remained on the scene studying The Catcher within the Rye till he was arrested. Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital in a police automotive the place he was pronounced useless on arrival. He was 40 years previous.

On the night of 8 December 1980, English musician John Lennon, previously of the Beatles, was shot and fatally wounded within the archway of The Dakota, his residence in New York City. His killer was Mark David Chapman, an American Beatles fan who had travelled from Hawaii. Chapman mentioned he was angered by Lennon’s way of life and public statements, particularly his much-publicized comment in regards to the Beatles being “extra well-liked than Jesus” and the lyrics of his later songs “God” and “Imagine”. Chapman additionally mentioned he was impressed by the fictional character Holden Caulfield from J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher within the Rye.

8 December 1980; 40 years in the past (1980-12-08)
10:50 p.m (US Eastern time (UTC−05:00))

8 December 1980; 40 years in the past (1980-12-08)
10:50 p.m (US Eastern time (UTC−05:00))

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