Many musicians are identified to be a part of the 27 Membership, which is a collective time period used for artists who died aged 27. Amongst this group is Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. Nevertheless, John Lennon’s dying was a very totally different circumstance, and one which shocked and devasted followers.
Who killed John Lennon?
The person jailed for the homicide of John Lennon was Mark David Chapman, who’s believed to have been a crazed fan hellbent on killing a public determine.
On December 8, 1980, Lennon autographed a duplicate of the album for Chapman, earlier than leaving the place they lived at The Dakota in Manhattan for a recording session on the Report Plant, in New York Metropolis.
After the session, Lennon and Ono returned to their house in Manhattan in a limo at simply earlier than 11pm, and walked by way of the archway of their constructing.
Sadly, it was then Chapman shot Lennon within the again at shut vary.
He was rushed to the Roosevelt Hospital in New York Metropolis, however was pronounced lifeless on arrival at 11pm.
Lennon is prone to have died within the police cruiser en path to the hospital, although it’s unsure whether or not he was shot lifeless instantaneously.
Chapman has been understood to have been livid at Lennon for his public statements, akin to being “extra fashionable than Jesus,” regardless of being a Beatles fan.
He’s additionally believed to have contemplated killing different public figures, akin to Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor, however he had no prior convictions earlier than the capturing.
After hitting Lennon 4 occasions within the again, regardless of capturing 5 occasions, he remained on the scene studying JD Salinger’s novel The Catcher within the Rye, which he’s reported to have develop into obsessed by within the years main as much as the homicide.
He was arrested on the scene and was sentenced to 20 years to life in jail with psychological well being remedy.
Chapman has since been refused parole many occasions, one thing which Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, has fought to make sure.
Crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in entrance of the Dakota, the place Lennon was shot to commemorate his dying, although Lennon himself had requested to not have a funeral.
He was cremated on the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, on December 12 and his ashes got to his widow Yoko Ono, who requested 10 minutes of silence world wide as an alternative of the funeral.
Ono and her son with Lennon, Sean, had been the primary beneficiaries of his will.
His different son, Julian, from his first marriage with Cynthia, acquired little from the desire, which is one thing he has spoken overtly about since.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 1998, Julian mentioned of his father: “Dad may discuss peace and love out loud to the world however he may by no means present it to the individuals who supposedly meant probably the most to him: his spouse and son.
“How will you discuss peace and love and have a household in bits and items – no communication, adultery, divorce? You’ll be able to’t do it, not when you’re being true and trustworthy with your self.”
Talking out in regards to the will in the identical interview, Julian mentioned: “I don’t suppose it was essentially honest, however I’m OK.
“The very last thing I wished was a court docket battle as a result of there’s far more cash on the property facet than my facet.
“A court docket case may have gone on for 5 years. The slanderous remarks would have been horrific.
“There wouldn’t have been a non-public life for both Sean or me. I simply wished to resolve it, to get the hell out of there; a chapter in my life completed, over with.”
Regardless of these sentiments, there was a well-publicised battle from Julian to try to realize an extra settlement from the John Lennon property, which was as soon as estimated to be round £220million.
Julian finally secured an extra settlement from the property in 1996, however the quantity was by no means revealed, and the battle noticed Julian go up towards the primary executor of the property, his stepmother.
In the long run, Julian used a substantial amount of this to purchase again a few of his father’s possessions, together with an Afghan coat worn by John on the duvet of the Magical Thriller Tour, and scribbled notes in regards to the music Hey Jude, which is written about him.