It is hard to believe that it has already been 40 years since John Lennon was killed.
Mark David Chapman(pictured above with John Lennon , a few hours before he killed him) shot Lennon dead on December 9, 1980 – in the door of his home in the Dakota building, overlooking Central Park in New York.
Chapman confessed to the crime and is currently serving a life sentence without parole at the Wende Correctional Facility.
This is what Mark David Chapman said about killing John Lennon.
“He came out, and this is a part that I really regret happening, he came out and as a ruse, I had his album and a pen and I asked him to sign the album,”
“He took his time. He asked me if I wanted anything else. His wife had come out with him and she was waiting in a limo and that’s something I often reflect on how decent he was to just a stranger.He signed the album and gave it back to me. He got in the limo.”
Chapman walked away, but returned later that evening, around 10:50 p.m., with a .38-caliber revolver and a copy of J.D. Salinger’s book The Catcher In The Rye.
Lennon soon returned home in the limo with Ono and walked past Chapman, entering the archway of the Dakota.
Chapman pulled out the gun and shot four bullets into Lennon’s back. The former Beatle was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
“That’s a true sociopathic mind,I will say this: Towards the end, I would say the last hour or so, I did talk to myself. I sent up a prayer and said please help me turn this around. I couldn’t do it.
Other than that, there was no feeling towards his son or his wife or himself. I was obsessed on one thing and that was shooting him so that I could be somebody.”
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