By Alison Marie Behnke

ISBN-10: 0822590360

ISBN-13: 9780822590361

Manhattan, December eight, 1980: The declaration stunned the area. Beatles founder and mythical musician John Lennon were murdered in entrance of his long island domestic. with out caution, a lone gunman opened hearth, capturing Lennon within the again simply as Lennon back from a recording consultation along with his spouse, Yoko Ono. Husband, father of 2, cultural icon, and hero to hundreds of thousands, Lennon used to be lifeless.

Around the globe, humans mourned the lack of a guy who had stood for peace, a guy who had given a lot pleasure to the realm via his reward of track. nobody had obvious it coming…except one man--Mark David Chapman, Lennon's murderer.

What drove this former Beatles fan to devote any such negative act? stick to the lives of either Lennon and Chapman, find out about the political and cultural settings during which either grew up, and trace--step by way of excruciating step--the ultimate moments of John Lennon's lifestyles.

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He went on, “I woke up knowing, somehow, that when I left that room, that was the last time I would see the room again. I truly felt it in my bones. I don’t know how. I had never seen John Lennon up to that point. I only knew that he was in the Dakota. But I somehow knew that this was it, this was the day. So I laid out on the dresser at the hotel room . . just a tableau [arrangement] of everything that was important in my life. So it would say, ‘Look, this is me. Probably, this is the real me.

Just a tableau [arrangement] of everything that was important in my life. So it would say, ‘Look, this is me. Probably, this is the real me. ’” Was this tableau a final message to the world from Chapman? Did he expect that he would be killed after he assassinated Lennon? Did he plan to kill himself, as he’d tried to do in the past? Or was he just trying to leave a record of his favorite parts of himself, before the police and the media broadcast his crime to the world? D EAT H O N T HE D OORS T EP · 57 No one but Chapman knows for certain.

Take Two Back in Hawaii, Chapman’s violent urges returned. He couldn’t shake his obsessive thoughts about killing John Lennon. He bought another airline ticket and told his wife that he was going back to New York to look for a job. Chapman arrived in New York for the second time on Saturday, December 6, 1980. He checked into the YMCA on West 63rd Street. The Y was cheap—a room cost only about sixteen dollars a 56 · D EAT H OF A D R E A M E R night. It was also convenient, just nine blocks from the Dakota.

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