December 8, 1980 is the date of the John Lennon assassination. Newspaper reports the tragedy the following day with headlines like “Suspect ‘stalked’ Lennon” From the Syracuse Herald-Journal and “EX-Beatle John Lennon Killed” from the Maryville Journal-Tribune. No matter what the headline read, every newspaper article had the same information. That a 25 year old Hawaii man that had stalked John Lennon for three days and was being charged with the murder. The accused was Mark David Chapman. Chapman even had a license for the gun he used in the murder and a bill of sale from Hawaii where the purchase was made, though of course the license was not legal in New York City..
The first excuse from Chapman was that he had shot Lennon because John had only scribbled his autograph on an album earlier in the day for him. What an ungrateful fan. There is no wonder today’s celebrities stay behind closed doors and have armed guards with them at all times. But no matter what the reason or situation it still does not excuse or explain what Chapman did at 10:50pm that evening. As John was returning to his home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Chapman pulled his gun and shot the ex-Beatle dead.
John’s last words before he collapsed were “I’m Shot”. Just hours before John was on the RKO radio network in an interview. In this interview John said that he had hoped to die before Miss Ono. It was because he “couldn’t carry on” without her. He got his wish. This is another example of be careful of what you wish for, it just may come true. John Lennon assassination, newspaper articles once again recorded history as it happened.
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