Thursday, December 8, 2005

John Lennon, Oct 9 1940 - Dec 8 1980

Today, December 8, marks the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death. Who killed John Lennon? Was it a senseless killing done by a madman or was it a conspiracy to remove him because he was thought to be a dangerous radical or a political activist?

Whatever it is, the world has lost one of its greatest musicians.

The account of "The Assassination of John Lennon" reads

The scene outside New York's spooky old Dakota apartment building on the evening of December 8, 1980, was as surreal as it was horrifying. John Lennon, probably the world's most famous rock star, lay semiconscious, hemorrhaging from four flat-tipped bullets blasted into his back. His wife Yoko Ono held his head in her arms and screamed (just like on her early albums).

A few yards away a pudgy young man stood eerily still, peering down into a paperback book. Moments earlier he had dropped into a military firing stance - legs spread for maximum balance, two hands gripping his .38 revolver to steady his aim - and blown away the very best Beatle. Now he leafed lazily through the pages of the one novel even the most chronically stoned and voided-out ninth grader will actually read, J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.

The Dakota doorman shouted at the shooter, Mark David Chapman, "Do you know what you've done?"

"I just shot John Lennon," Chapman replied, accurately enough. More...


  1. R.I.P., John. Gone, but never forgotten.

    (I still think George was the best Beatle.)

  2. MM, you may be right but he was so low-key that people missed his greatness.

    Great musicians (like great authors, painters, etc.) are never forgotten. They live on through their works.

  3. hmmm... Beatles and John Lennon..

    A tragedy of Time?

  4. Hi Robin, a loss to the world of music just like other premature deaths such as Freddy Mercury of Queen or Cheong Kok Weng, the famous Hkg singer/actor.

  5. A tragedy of Time Magazine?

    J. L. kept getting so much bad press from the more conservative media sources.

  6. I'll gladly accept the label of "conspiracy theorist" from anyone willing to likewise accept the label "coincidence theorist".

    Which ever is the truth, he left quite a legacy.


  7. Pandabonium, right you are.

    Don't know how far it's true - I read that in a seance, Lennon was asked as to whether he was upset with his killer. He replied that he wasn't because it a previous life, he (Lennon) shot him.