John Lennon dies

On August 24th 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of John Lennon.

The 25 year old shot the ex-Beatle five times outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City, on December 8th 1980, after receiving an autograph a few hours before. Lennon was struck four times in the back and one of the four bullets lodged in his aorta, beside his heart.

Bleeding profusely John managed to stumble to the nearby reception area where a security guard called the police. But due to the severity of his wounds, Lennon was pronounced dead upon arrival at Roosevelt Hospital, at age 40.

Strangely enough Chapman didn't flee the scene, instead remained there reading The Catcher in the Rye novel until police showed up and arrested him. 

Chapman's Legal team put forth an insanity defence, arguing that the 25 year old was delusional at the time. But Chapman decided to plead guilty based on what he called God's will. The judge sentenced Chapman to 20 years in prison, where he still resides at Wendy Correctional Facility, New York. 

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono didn't hold a funeral; instead had John's remains cremated on December 10th, 1980, at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

John Lennon is survived by his two sons Julian and Sean. 

 John Lennon in New York City, 1974. photo by Bob Gruen. 

John Lennon in New York City, 1974. photo by Bob Gruen. 

 George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, circa 1958.

George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, circa 1958.

 John Lennon signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman, hours before his murder, December 8th, 1980. 

John Lennon signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman, hours before his murder, December 8th, 1980. 

 Mugshot of Mark David Chapman, December 9th, 1980. 

Mugshot of Mark David Chapman, December 9th, 1980. 

 Public outcry after John Lennon's murder on December 8th, 1980.

Public outcry after John Lennon's murder on December 8th, 1980.

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