John Lennon was shot and killed by a person named Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980. When Chapman approached John, he was strolling via the doorway of The Dakota, his New York Metropolis condominium, along with his spouse, Yoko Ono. Six hours earlier than his dying, John autographed Chapman’s copy of John’s Double Fantasy and set out to The Report Plant. As he and Yoko drove residence, John uttered his closing phrases to his spouse.
John Lennon’s final phrases to Yoko Ono
The night time John died is greater than probably the worst night time of Yoko’s life. When John was shot 4 occasions within the again and chest with hole bullets from Chapman’s .38 handgun, Yoko ducked from the noise. She rotated, noticed her husband on the bottom, and screamed, “John’s been shot!”
Nevertheless, earlier than that horrible second, John spoke his final phrases to his spouse. Whereas they have been within the automobile heading again to the Dakota from The Report Plant, John and Yoko had one final candy second earlier than the chaos.
Yoko opened up about her husband’s final phrases to Desert Island Discs (per Independent) in 2007. “I said, ‘Shall we go and have dinner before we go home?’ and John said, ‘No, let’s go home because I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep,’” Yoko mentioned.
When requested if John had mentioned something after being shot, Yoko muttered, “No.” Nevertheless, some accounts of that night time file John yelling, “I’m shot!” By the point Yoko noticed her husband on the pavement, all phrases have been in all probability misplaced on her as she rushed him to Roosevelt Hospital, the place John later died.
Mark David Chapman has modified his causes for killing John Lennon a number of occasions
Two months earlier than Dec. 8, Chapman traveled to New York Metropolis with the plan of killing John. He determined in opposition to it and traveled again residence to Hawaii. In accordance to Weird History, Chapman’s spouse Gloria Hiroko mentioned in a 2018 interview that her husband had come residence scared. Chapman informed Hiroko that “to make a name for himself, he had planned to kill Lennon.” As an alternative, Chapman mentioned his love for his spouse had saved him.
In December, Hiroko was OK with Chapman going again to New York as a result of he’d promised her he was solely taking time to rethink his life and his function as an grownup and husband. He lied.
Chapman had another kill listing, together with Paul McCartney, Elizabeth Taylor, and Johnny Carson. The one factor that that they had in frequent was that they have been well-known. Chapman solely selected John out of comfort as a result of it was simple to get to him.
Initially, Chapman mentioned he killed John as a result of he embodied Holden Caulfield from J. D. Salinger’s Catcher within the Rye. He felt that John was a phony, the kind of folks Caulfield hated, and needed to make some extent in regards to the phonies of the world. Nevertheless, Chapman’s story modified in 2014. He mentioned he selected the fallacious approach for glory and that Jesus had helped him repent. In 2016, it modified once more. He shot John as a result of he needed fame.
John had to lose his life as a result of Chapman needed to “be known for something.” To today, Chapman says he has nothing private in opposition to John.