Many musicians are recognized to be a part of the 27 Club, which is a collective time period used for artists who died aged 27. Among this group is Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. However, John Lennon’s loss of life was a very completely different circumstance, and one which shocked and devasted followers.
Who killed John Lennon?
The man 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 replica of the album for Chapman, earlier than leaving the place they lived at The Dakota in Manhattan for a recording session on the Record Plant, in New York City.
After the session, Lennon and Ono returned to their residence 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 City, however was pronounced useless 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 useless instantaneously.
Chapman has been understood to have been livid at Lennon for his public statements, reminiscent of being “more popular than Jesus,” regardless of being a Beatles fan.
He can also be believed to have contemplated killing different public figures, reminiscent of Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Taylor, however he had no prior convictions earlier than the taking pictures.
After hitting Lennon 4 occasions within the again, regardless of taking pictures 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 loss of life, 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 all over the world as an alternative of the funeral.
Ono and her son with Lennon, Sean, have been the primary beneficiaries of his will.
His different son, Julian, from his first marriage with Cynthia, acquired little from the need, which is one thing he has spoken brazenly about since.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 1998, Julian mentioned of his father: “Dad might discuss peace and love out loud to the world however he might by no means present it to the individuals who supposedly meant probably the most to him: his spouse and son.
“How are you able to discuss peace and love and have a household in bits and items – no communication, adultery, divorce? You cannot do it, not when you’re being true and sincere with your self.”
Speaking out concerning the will in the identical interview, Julian mentioned: “I don’t assume it was essentially truthful, however I’m OK.
“The last item I needed was a court docket battle as a result of there’s way more cash on the property aspect than my aspect.
“A court docket case might 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 needed to resolve it, to get the hell out of there; a chapter in my life completed, over with.”
Despite these sentiments, there was a well-publicised battle from Julian to try to achieve an extra settlement from the John Lennon property, which was as soon as estimated to be round £220million.
Julian ultimately secured an extra settlement from the property in 1996, however the quantity was by no means revealed, and the battle noticed Julian go up in opposition to the primary executor of the property, his stepmother.
In the tip, 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 quilt of the Magical Mystery Tour, and scribbled notes concerning the music Hey Jude, which is written about him.