Monday, July 31, 2006

Was John Lennon's Murder Part Of A Plot?

We all know John Lennon was shot to death the night of December 8, 1980 outside of his New York City apartment, the victim of a deranged man. But was the killer, as some have suggested, part of a right-wing plot to permanently silence the politically-radical ex-Beatle?

All of us, Beatle fans or not, can remember where we were when we first heard the news that Lennon had been gunned down.

Lennon had recently turned 40 and had released a new album—“Double Fantasy,” which he recorded with his wife Yoko Ono--after taking 5 years off from the music business to enjoy family life with wife Ono and their son Sean.

But, both Lennon’s hopes for a stable domestic life and a musical comeback were shattered when a Hawaii man—25-year-old Mark David Chapman—emerged from the shadows and fired four bullets into Lennon as the rock star and Ono returned to their apartment after a late-night recording session.

Lennon was rushed by New York City Police to the nearest hospital, where, despite efforts by doctors to revive him, the legendary singer-songwriter was pronounced dead.

To view the last photo ever taken of John Lennon--in the New York City morgue--click on the gallery photo.

Crowds gathered outside the Dakota, the luxury apartment building where Lennon lived, to mourn his death as millions more around the world, stunned and grief-stricken, yearned to know why someone would murder an entertainer, idolized by legions of people around the world, for no apparent reason.

Chapman was a long-time fan of the Beatles, of Lennon particularly, and only hours before killing him, had met Lennon outside the Dakota and gotten his autograph.

Chapman is pictured in our gallery photos.

Chapman pleaded guilty to murdering Lennon and remains in prison to this day.

Chapman has given various reasons over the years for killing the singer. These reasons include his suffering from demonic possession (the devil made him do it) and his belief, at the time, that he was a real-life version of Holden Caulfield, the main character in author J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher In The Rye.” The Caulfield character is one that feels he must rid the world of “phonies,” and Chapman felt that Lennon, his one-time idol, had turned into a “phoney,” one who enjoyed immense wealth who at the same time held anti-capitalist, Marxist political views.

Simply, a whacko killed a celebrity and went to prison.


Or was Chapman the “fall guy” in a plot?

Legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s hatred of Lennon’s radical left-wing political views formed a catalyst behind a right-wing movement to deport Lennon from the U.S. in the early 1970’s. Hoover’s FBI watched Lennon like a hawk, and Hoover urged President Richard Nixon to give Lennon the boot during Nixon’s Presidency.

Nixon is pictured in our gallery photos with Elvis Presley (who also hated Lennon and the Beatles for stealing the rock n’ roll spotlight from him in the 1960s).

Could it be the FBI was behind a plot to not merely give Lennon the boot, but get rid of him altogether?

Curiously, many of the FBI files on Lennon are still locked away.

The Bureau has also been exceptionally strenuous in its fight against the U.S. Freedom of Information Act to keep those files secret.

Lennon, it has been noted, began to make a comeback in 1980—the same year a conservative landslide sent Ronald Reagan to the White House. Reagan was the darling of the massive U.S. military/industrial complex, supportive of his aggressive anti-Communist stance and his incredible spending on the American military.

Could it be that the complex, fearing a musically-revived Lennon would be a thorn in their side, just as he was to the pro-Vietnam War Establishment in the late 60s and early 70s, used Chapman as their murder weapon to silence Lennon forever?

Chapman had worked for defense firms with links to the CIA, another part of the Establishment.

And how did Chapman manage to get his gun past the metal detectors at the airport on his way to New York?


Maybe, maybe not.

It is almost universally believed that Chapman was nothing more and nothing less than a dangerous loner, and that his murder motive was to drown his feelings of being a “nobody,” to achieve the fame he longed for, by killing the biggest “somebody” he could think of—in this case, John Lennon.


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