Mark David Chapman, now age 59, is currently serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison, Wende Correctional Facilities, in Erie County, NY, for the murder of John Lennon, that he committed on the 8th day of December in 1980. Lennon was a member of an English musical group the Beatles.
On the evening of the 8th of December in 1980, Chapman, then age 25, waited outside the Dakota hotel, in New York City, for Lennon, where it was widely known that Lennon was staying. As John Lennon, age 40, was headed home with his wife, Yoko Ono, then age 47, to say goodnight to their then five year old son, Sean, Lennon was gunned down by Chapman.
Allegedly, after shooting John Lennon, David Chapman then sat down and read the catcher in the rye by J. D. Salinger, while waiting on the authorities to arrive. That night he told police and the media that his statement was that book which has lead to a lot of misguided people believing that the book inspired him to kill John Lennon.
But as someone who has actually read the book, I chose to disagree. The catcher in the rye is told from the first person perspective through the eyes of Holden Caulfield. Caulfield is nothing but a whiny arrogant teenager who procrastinates too much and cusses a lot. Other than that I can't really picture Holden killing anyone because killing requires too much effort and frankly that character would be just too lazy (and too arrogant) to ever take the initiative to kill someone.
What I think David Chapman meant by calling that book his statement was that he identified with the character, Holden Caulfield, from the first moment he read the book, before he even thought of killing John Lennon. After all, haven't we all identified personally with a character in a book? I know I have. Two particular characters for me (as a child) were Harry Potter and Matilda Wormwood.
So why did David Chapman kill John Lennon? Only Chapman himself can answer that question honestly but the rest of us can guess and my guess is Chapman's background inspired him to kill Lennon.
David Chapman didn't just put his feet in Holden Caulfield's shoes, he also put them in John Lennon's. Meaning, he identified with both of them, Holden Caulfield and John Lennon. But Chapman was also a born again Christian, regularly attending church where many christians were outraged over John Lennon public statement "The Beatles are bigger than Jesus!" to the point where they destroyed Lennon's and the Beatles' albums and merchandise at bonfire gatherings. There is no telling exactly how many of those so called christians might have joked about killing John Lennon over it but I highly doubt that any of them were being serious. More than likely they were just being ignorant and arrogant. Unfortunately, Chapman took it seriously.
So my conclusion is that I believe that David Chapman was inspired by his love of his religion to kill John Lennon. And I'm don't think books can be held responsible for murderous acts unless that book was an accurate guide on how to commit the perfect murder: How To Commit the Perfect Murder For Dummies.
Regardless of the answer to the question, asked in the title of this article, this was still a horrendous tragedy.
RIP John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980)
Harvey Lee Oswald on December 22, 2018:
He was just a patsy, probably the CIA or someother US anti-culture movement.
Answer Mann on August 22, 2018:
Chapman believed he was a nothing, and to be someone he had to leave a foot note in history about himself. Since he wasn't successful at much of anything he decided killing Lennon would leave at least a foot note in the history books about him thus rendering him immortal. One sicko!
Kitcat on June 30, 2018:
Just to be famous
itzel on June 03, 2018:
why lennon and not someone else though ??
Kristina Pitts (author) from Greenville, SC, USA on April 27, 2018:
I think you're probably right. I agree with you.
number-one fan on April 26, 2018:
I think that David Chapman was a Wac-Job and Just wanted to be famous for his Killing of a Legend
__ on April 09, 2018:
Gov and CIA. Peace was never profitable.
Michael_59 on January 05, 2018:
Why isn't Chapland still alive?
Dom on December 20, 2017:
For fame don't forget he had a whole list of other people and everyone of those people were all so famous. Bowie was 2nd on the list.
Ted on November 15, 2017:
Politically motivated! Someone is behind the murderous act of Chapman.
Shirley on November 11, 2017:
Chapman actually gives a reason for his murdering John Lennon... Fame. Her wanted to be well known, and killing someone as famous as John Lennon would give him the attention he sought. He mentions in an interview that he had a list of people he would like, and had John Lennon been a little less popular than them, he wouldn't have died. He would have shot someone else. But he reaffirms the fact that his murder wasn't anger driven at all. He just wanted attention.
tommy on October 12, 2017:
the guy who shot regan but regan lived but still the guy who shot egan had the same book on him
Tngoose on March 10, 2017:
He killed John because he wanted to be famous for something.
ME on December 13, 2016:
I LOVE YOU LITTLE GIRL ;)
ManSue on September 29, 2016:
MADONNA AND THE UNLUCKY FOUR
Four men, all homeless, and all somehow connected
with a Super Star Celebrity Singer from Bay City, Michigan__
Tony Ciccone, Madonna's brother ended up homeless sleeping
under a bridge in Traverse City Michigan after having a small
life in Los Angeles__his life destroyed they say by
Another man a homeless drifter called himself "Madonna's
Husband" and invaded Castillo Del Lago in the Hollywood Hills
only to be shot and sentenced to 10 years in a Federal Prison.
Both of these two men connected somehow to Madonna and both
were destroyed in some way by this connection. Robert Dewey
Hoskings, a drifter from Oregon looked suspiciously like Mark
"Jedi Night" Jedilinich who started working at a small
supermarket named "Foo(d)Town" on Cedar Lane in Teaneck NJ but
moved, with his wife, to Oregon and luckily landed a job at
Hewlitt Packard Ink Jet Printing Systems even though Mark Jedi
-Night had very little education.
Enter Dr. Wayne E. Manzo PhD from Jewish Teaneck NJ where Dr.
Manzo was sheltered by Joe "The Evil Jew" Manzo and Helen "The
Evil Armenian" Bitch-Arian at 101 Walnut Street__the Ghetto
section of Teaneck. Joe "The Evil Jew" Manzo worked as a
Printer( HP Printers? )for "Lewis Gross" of Pioneer Paper(
Jewish Mafia ). Helen Bitch Arian or Bush Arian was allegedly
Armenian( Army and Brian ). Little Wayne was beaten and raped
by his parents and told that if he didn't keep his mouth shut
his death could "Be Arranged". A stoner, High School Drop-Out
he was quickly whisked away to a Michigan college in the North Woods
( Operation North Woods ) even though he had almost no education
and was considered a high school stoner( pot smoker ) and drop-out.
Dr. Manzo can prove that he was sold into slavery to "Madonna
and the Jewish Mafia" and was sent to the North Woods of
Michigan where he was imprisoned for over 6 years with little
contact with anybody from__the outside. Human slaves of the Jewish
Mafia are called "Babies"( ref Madonna "I'm Gonna Keep My Baby" )
After receiving a PhD in Engineering he was then manipulated by Madonna and the
Jewish Mafia to the "Lewis Gross NASA Research Center" in
Cleveland OH Mail Stop 77-911-2001. Dr. Manzo worked in Building
77 and the Cleveland Mystery Flight was Flight 77 that allegedly landed
at Cleveland Hopkins( NASA Lewis ).
Dr. Manzo was denied relocation expenses and was forced to
live in a flop house in Lakewood near where Talk Show Host
Phil Donahue grew up. Denied equal pay at NASA, a PhD is not started at a GS-7
level, after a year Dr. Manzo was drugged by the Jew CIA and
was fired by Col Madonna Joe Manzo Weden and told he cannot
work or live in America because he is not a Jewish Spook.
Fired, in a CIA Mind Daze, with no friends, family, or hope
Dr. Manzo rushed back to NJ where he found jobs only with the
Jewish Mafia such as "Tappan Automation" in South Hackensack
NJ, Kamine Power Plant Developers in Union NJ, Angelina Jolie
Technical Staffing with a job at Newark International that
almost open a door to a job at the Port Authority of NY and NJ
in Tower 1 a very clever ending to Aerospace Engineer Dr.
Wayne E. Manzo's NASA Career! Dead in the rubble of Tower 1
and Tower 2? And then a job at AIRCO Co2 Division in Murray
Hill NJ that affected Mark Jedi-Nights Hook-up at HP so Dr.
Manzo was tortured and locked up! The last job, and get this,
Fortune-Off, in Paramus Park NJ home of the Armenian and
Jewish Mafia! From these non-jobs right into the streets of
the big cities as a homeless man in a CIA Induced trance
surrounded by people who called Dr. Manzo "The Enemy" because
he is not Jewish Spook.
But, the other two homeless men are some how directly
connected to Madonna Ciccone what about Dr. Wayne E. Manzo PhD
from little Teaneck NJ? Where is the connection? What did he
do to Madonna to be setup and thrown out of America?
Dr. Manzo was manipulated into a marriage with a "Louise
Ciccone" when he was going to college in Michigan and the
wedding lasted only a few months after Louise would not
conceive and Dr. Manzo was told that Louise was a "Made
Member" of the Jewish Mafia!
In the Madonna Movie "Desperately Seeking Susan" the character
that was chasing Susan( Madonna ) around Manhattan was, as per
the script, "Wayne The Gangster". Dr. Manzo ended up homeless
in Manhattan after he was fired from NASA and after trying to
start a new life in Northern NJ.
Three men, all related to Madonna, all ended up homeless,
destroyed by Madonna and the Jewish Mafia but what do they
gain by destroying men? In the Jewish Mafia world destroying
Human Gentiles is not only lucrative but if you destroy enough
of them and the right ones, you can become a Billionaire Super
Star Celebrity. We named only three men whose lives have been
destroyed by Madonna and the Jewish Mob__what about the
John Lennon was shot dead by Madonna and the Jewish Mafia and
this is how Madonna entered the Jewish Mafia controlled Music
Industry. It was not Mark Chapman who pulled the trigger it
was Madonna Louise Ciccone! How? The Jewish Mafia is a
Telepathic, Mind Controlling, Collective Race and we Human
people are used as pets or toys to be setup, played with,
destroyed, and killed. But, we said that all these men were
homeless? If you are not in the Jewish Mafia in Manhattan then
even if you have money and a nice apartment like the Dakota on
West 72nd Street__you are still considered homeless and can be
played and even killed__if a member of the Jewish Mafia wants
Super Stardom! From the ghettos of Bay City to the
top of the Pop Charts__do we really know who Madonna is?
Should we find out?
But, like sloppy Hollywood writers, we apparently left out
the connection between Mark Jedi-Night Jedilinich and Madonna
other then the fact that "Mr. Madonna" Robert Dewey Hoskins
looks sort-a like Mark Jedi-Night Jedilinich? How is the
Jedi-Night associated with Madonna? The answer to that
question can be found by asking this question "Who was the
Jedi-Night married to when he left NJ?" Ans: Dr. Manzo's
sister whose father was working for Jewish Mafia Lewis Gross
at The Pioneer Printing Corporation. What type of job did Mark
Jedilinich land at Hewlitt Packard in Oregon? Ink Jet Printing?
Where was "Mr. Madonna" Robert Dewey Hoskins from?
Yoko Ono? Mono like Stereo? Moe No! or M is Ono? Madonna is Yoko.
HP Printing? Pioneer Paper Printing? I wonder?
This is a story that must be told!
Dr. Manzo has been abducted by the Armenian Jew Mafia in Los Angeles and is
being kept homeless and denied benefits and housing and any social welfare
assistance and called "The Enemy" of the Martian Jews that have invaded Los Angeles!
He is being harassed and tortured and poisoned and the voices he hears come
from orbs and the voices sound like the "Armenian Jew Mafia" relatives from Jewish
Teaneck NJ and other Evil Martian Jews he has made contact with over the years__
and the little Evil Martian Jew Louise Chick-Co-NY from Bay City Michigan!
Or, for those in the know, Mrs. Madonna Louise Research Center Manzo.
Believe it__or not!
If America has been invaded by a Super Race of Telepathic,
Collective, Psycho-Pathic Killers__this is the story of the century!
Contact Dr. Wayne E. Manzo
(310) 922 - 5163,
503 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mel Carriere from San Diego California on April 16, 2016:
I've read the Catcher in the Rye. One of its significant themes is isolation and distrust of one's fellow humans, but there is nothing murderous about the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. I agree it was probably the religious angle, but he could have identified with Holden Caulfield's loneliness and thought the human race was hostlile toward him. Either way, David Chapman was a warped human, and it is too bad JD Salinger's legacy has been stained by this incident and even worse that a great man like Lennon had to die because of Chapman's lunacy.