John Lennon 1940 -1980
At around 10:50 p.m. on 8 December 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota Buildings, Mark David Chapman stepped out of the shadows and shot Lennon in the back four times.
Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 p.m.
Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman, who had seemed to be a devoted fan of Lennon’s.
Yoko Ono issued a statement the next day, saying “There is no funeral for John”, and added, “John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him.”
Lennon’s body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. Later, Yoko Ono scattered his ashes in New York’s Central Park, where the Strawberry Fields memorial was later created.
Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life.
In 2016, Chapman was denied parole for a ninth time.
Read more about the murder of John Lennon in my novelised account Two Spirits Dancing, or choose the factual account Through the Mirror go Round