John Lennon Death Anniversary
John Lennon Death Anniversary, A fan shot John Lennon, whose music set to the rhythm of the turbulence of the 1960s, suicidal, police said, who only hours before had been ecstatic when the former Beatle autographed an album for him. Authorities said the murder of Lennon, who died in a hail of bullets Monday night was UN”préméditée execution.”
Mark David Chapman, 25, of Honolulu, a chubby amateur musician who had been seen hanging out of the house of John Lennon for three days, was charged with the shooting in Manhattan Criminal Court.Chapman, was said an ardent friends supporter of the Beatles, have led dozens of tapes of the Beatles and snub-nosed revolver as he lingered outside the Dakota on the west side of luxury co-op, where Lennon lived with his wife, Yoko Ono.
The shooter’s motives remained a mystery, but reports Tuesday painted Chapman as a quiet man and suicidal youth who had trouble keeping a job and identified with obsessive Lennon.
”It is a very confusing,”said his lawyer.
Lennon, 40, signed his last album to record Chapman hours before the shooting, as the singer left the Dakota for a recording session. Fans of former Beatle has maintained a constant vigilance outside the building, and were often rewarded with autographs or pieces of conversation with Lennon.An amateur photographer who has been with the fans said Chapman was ecstatic when Lennon signed the record.
”Mark said, “John Lennon signed my album. Nobody will believe me in Hawaii,”’Paul Goresh reported in a copyright story in The New York Daily News.
When Lennon left Goresh said, Chapman urged him to stay and wait for the return of the singer.
”He said, “I would expect. You never know if you see him … It is possible that he could go to Spain or somewhere tonight and you’ll never be your album signed.”
When Chapman left his last job as a security guard, maintenance man, he signed comme”John Lennon,”said Mike Bird, who replaced the suspect for use in a holiday apartment Waikiki.
In another job as caretaker of a utility, Chapman would have sealed the name of Lennon on his identification badge.
Chapman had no criminal record, authorities said, but his lawyer said the suspect had a history of attempted suicide and was hospitalized for mental problems in Honolulu in 1977.
Lennon was shot four times overnight with .38 caliber revolver Monday when he returned with his wife Yoko Ono in a recording session at home in the Dakota Apartments on exclusive Central Park West in Manhattan.
Chapman, dressed in black pants, a tan V-neck sweater, a white shirt and black wire-rim glasses, was arrested in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday afternoon. The chubby, dark-haired suspects were mute to charges of second-degree murder.
Twenty uniformed officers, including five with metal detectors, surrounded him. In a city full of Lennon fans in mourning, said an officer, police feared Chapman could become a target of other assassinat”une Jack Ruby.”
Judge Martin Rettinger under surveillance Chapman suicide in the psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital, where he faces 30 days of observation. The suspect attempted suicide several times, once with the weapon used to kill Lennon, said his lawyer, Herbert Adlerberg.
The charge against Chapman is punishable by a prison sentence of 25 years to life if convicted. It is the highest load possible in the New York law because of first-degree murder calls for the death penalty, which is not currently in force in the state.
Lennon, who owned homes in the suburbs of Long Island and Palm Beach, Florida, and a dairy farm in upstate New York, recently estimated its value at $ 150 million.
In an interview the day of his death, John Lennon had characterized himself and his generation as survivors, adding the world had changed:’’this is a complete change in mass, and we go to an unknown future’’.
Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, flew to New York Monday to comfort Miss Ono, and was mobbed by screaming fans as he came to Dakota.
The guitarist George Harrison was reported en route to New York. In London, Paul McCartney, who produced songs with Lennon more affected than any other modern composer, said,”John was a great man who will be missed by the world, but remembered for his unique contribution to the art. ”
Hundreds of fans many of them weeping tribute crowded behind barricades outside his apartment.
In Washington, President Carter said he was saddened by la””de senseless killing of Lennon and praised for its esprit””sarrasins and professionalism that helped create the musique”et the mood of our time.”
President-elect Ronald Reagan, who was in New York, called the assassiner”une great tragedy.”Mayor Edward Koch said,’’every death by violence is a trauma for the company. The death of someone of the stature of John Lennon intensifies this trauma.”
Kim Hogrefe, assistant d. Ä. assigned to the case, told reporters that Chapman had planned the murder in advance.
”He borrowed a large sum of money which $ 2,000 was found on him in order to come to New York to do what he did,”said Hogrefe.
Adlerberg described his client comme”un very confused individual.”
”This defendant is not fully aware of what is happening to him at that time,”he said. ”He does not understand.”
Asked outside court if Chapman had committed the murder, Adlerberg replied,’’it does not shoot him, yes.”Asked if Chapman used drugs, Adlerberg said,’’we talked about it but I’m not the freedom to say. ‘”
Police sources said Chapman was strolling around the elegant Dakota side of the cooperative where the West film””Bébé Rosemary was filmed for three days at least and maybe more.
The fans are a common sight around the Dakota, the home of a number of celebrities, and its presence does not attract attention.
”I just shot John Lennon, Chapman”aurait said a doorman, throwing his rifle aside as the singer was bleeding wounded in the vestibule of the Dakota.
He would have had passively, by reading a copy of Catcher in the Rye”,” to the body of John Lennon was taken to hospital and police arrived to arrest him.
Adlerberg Chapman told the court borrowed $ 2500 from a credit union affiliated with his former employer Castle Hospital in Honolulu to come to New York.
When Chapman was arrested Hogrefe told the judge that the suspect had a criminal record, including previous arrests for robbery, armed kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance.
Later, however, a spokesman embarrassed the office of the district attorney in Manhattan said a computer foul-up was confused with another man who has the same name and birth date.
Friends of Chapman of Decatur, Georgia, where Chapman went to high school remember him as a quiet, religious, rock and roll musician who joué”des Beatles records all the time.”
Police said Chapman called the name of John Lennon as lead singer came out of his car about 23 is Monday. The shooter would then crouched in an attitude of combat and shot five times. Lennon staggered the steps of the Dakota, before he collapsed, his blood splashed on the front of the building.
Chief medical examiner said his Elliot Gross autopsy of the slain rock star showed “Lennon was hit by four bullets, two inputs on the back left, passed through the left chest, hitting the left lung and exited the body. ”
As Chapman was inaugurated by the criminal justice system Monday, hundreds of fans of the singer held an impromptu wake end outside the Dakota, listening to Beatles music, singing and crying softly in the light rain.
The fans attacked Ringo Starr, however, that the drummer from and red eyes emerged from the Dakota with actress Barbara Bach Tuesday morning. A phalanx of guards barely managed to rush the diminutive Starr to a car as the crowd pushed around.
Disc jockeys across the country celebrated the achievements of John Lennon with the Beatles hours of music while their tables buzzed with calls from fans who want to talk about their heroes behind.
Miss Ono said there would be no funeral service for her husband, but all his friends and fans will be invited later this week in a silent vigil.
”John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him,”she said.
Record stores said Lennon fans, which lined up early to wait for a chance to buy his albums attacked them. Warner Brothers, the distributors of John Lennon’s last album, Double Fantasy”,” said they were out of stock before 9 am
Fantaisie”Double”qui their once, Starting Over”,” was a return to Lennon, who had not matched the success of McCartney as a solo performer. The album, a second recording by Miss Yoko Ono, celebrates the joys of family life and fatherhood.
Producer John Lennon said the singer was to finish the job Tuesday on another album.
Hours before his death, John Lennon was interviewed by David Sholin of RKO Radio Specials, and talked about his life and his generation of fans ’60 ‘s.
”You have to give thanks to God or anything up they’re for the fact we all survived,”he said. ”We all survived Vietnam, Watergate huge upheavals in the world. ”
Hours after the shooting, hundreds of faithful Beatles still ground on the sidewalk.
”It hurts our hearts,”said a student of 19 years, which led from Reading, Pennsylvania on Monday night to join a crowd of 500 mourners who gathered outside the house after the shooting Lennon.
”All he ever did was fun … He lived for peace and love and what did he get? Nothing,”said Terry.
During the long vigil that followed the murder, rock fans chanted,’’all we are saying is Give Peace a Chance.”And there was a soft murmur of applause when a police officer has agreed to take a bunch white flowers of a young woman and place it on the bridge of metal for the building.
”When people ask to recreate the atmosphere of the 1960s,”American composer Aaron Copland once said,”they will play music of the Beatles.”
With Starr, Paul McCartney and Harrison, rhythm guitarist Lennon transformed rock ‘n’ roll, selling over 250 million records and convince a generation of teenagers to grow their hair long and put their hometown English, Liverpool, on the map.
Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together more affected than any other composer in modern history.
”He was a genius in his own way and with McCartney gave the world much of the music will still play in the next century,”said London music publisher Dick James, who helped the Beatles in the early their careers.
The Beatles disbanded in 1971, amid talk of recriminations, and throughout the 70s, a meeting of the Beatles was still just a rumor.
Lennon divorced his first wife Cynthia Powell in 1969, and married Ms. Ono, who was pregnant with their son Sean. They lived in solitude in New York for several years until a deportation hearing messy to put on the front-page news again.
The U.S. government claims that Lennon, a British subject, was ineligible for permanent residence because of a drug conviction in Britain in 1968. Lennon was eventually allowed to stay.
”We were the hips of 60 years, but the world is not like 60 years,”Lennon said in the interview with the RKO radio just hours before he was killed. ”But we are all still here. Although there is life there is hope.”
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