True Crimes #1 - Reasons why Mark David Chapman murdered Beatles' main man John Lennon

Still under the scrutiny of the law

Welcome to my new series on HubPages: True Crimes.

Most of us are aware of the most-celebrated murder cases in the world.

True Crime Files include the MURDER of JOHN LENNON.

I was watching a national television noontime show here in the Philippines, when on of the segment hosts did a trivia question about the death of John Lennon and what thing did Mark David Chapman (now 57 and still incarcerated) brought hours before his pre-planned murder on the famous Beatles' singer/songwriter.

Prior to this writing, I also did some research on Wikipedia about the murderer and how he, was obsessed to kill Mr. Lennon.

I was only Grade 4 when a news alert was broadcast over the radio about the untimely demise of the Beatles' main man.

My father who used to be a fan of the band told us that it was his fan who killed him.

Digging deeply into this famous murder in the history of mankind, I put my untiring hands on the keyboards of a rented desktop computer and began my online journey to hear and read comments from fellow readers, viewers, fans and haters about this event.

Note: I am more concerned with John Lennon's birhdate (October 9, 1940) as it triggered me to start this series.

John Lennon Death 12/09/80 ABC NEWS c/o galaxies352

Glimse at Mark David Chapman's Life (Photo Credit: Wikipedia -using Capture-a-Screenshot)
Glimse at Mark David Chapman's Life (Photo Credit: Wikipedia -using Capture-a-Screenshot)

Mug shots of MDChapman

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia (usng Capture-a-Screenshot)Photo Credit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ (using Capture-a-Screenshot)
Photo Credit: Wikipedia (usng Capture-a-Screenshot)
Photo Credit: Wikipedia (usng Capture-a-Screenshot)
Photo Credit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ (using Capture-a-Screenshot)
Photo Credit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ (using Capture-a-Screenshot)

I am not the Walrus aka Chapman

Mark David Chapman was born to an American middle class family, his father a US army sergeant and his mother a nurse.

A Christian but a college dropout, Chapman has a suicidal tendency or maybe the decadence of the 60s and the provocative writings of the era influenced him to hate the rich and famous of the American society.

Bipolarism is not yet a popular topic among psychologists but having imaginary friends triggered him to be obsessed of killing someone like John Lennon. Depression can make a man kill somebody but having 'little people' dictate what you will do, it's another story.

When a friend recommended a book titled, Catcher in the Rye, he began reenacting the main protagonist's scenes on the book.

I haven't read this book yet.

The only main reason that made him murdered Mr. Lennon was when he heard the man declared that they're famous that the Son of God.

Other than that, I want to correct others that he is a fanatic fan of John. He isn't.

Thirty two years after he did that criminal act, he was heard to say that he realized that he will be somebody if he killed John Lennon.

Instead, he became a criminal and a nobody - a hated individual to date.

Lennon-FBI files

Photo Credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/
Photo Credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/

The day the music dies (December 8, 1980)

I have linked a news dispatch from ABC News regarding the grave atmosphere as one of the pillars of world music industry, John Lennon, was murdered.

The remaining members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison all cried because of the untimely death of their friend.

Those who vividly remembered the gruesome scenes, these were some of their unedited opinions (mostly from YouTube).

  1. Some people don't react like others to shocking news. They do turn cold or numb. Also some men don't want to be shown with tears in their eyes. You don't really know what was in his mind. I get the impression he didn't want the media to pry into his personal feelings..so he shut them down,both the press and his feelings.(gardenofthegods)
  2. Long story short, criminals will always have guns. Drugs like cocaine and meth are illegal, have been for a long time, yet they still manage to appear in the U.S. Odd isn't it? You would think with your logic, that since they were abolished, the problem would just go away.(Nicholas Nowicki )


  3. Lets see RFK, JFK, MLK and Lennon.......all killed by lone gunmen who were disturbed....Hmmm, im not sure I buy that. Did you think the right was going to sit by and see the American people led to brighter future?**Enter Reagan^^(zaxx19)


  4. Guns don't pick themselves up and shoot people. People kill people. That nut case Chapman could have killed John with a knife, machete or a frigen claw hammer. What puzzles me is why John didn't have a couple security guards around him. Especially for a person of his profile. Sad frigen day! RIP JWL.... You're missed..(jamesjdb)


  5. He (John Lennon) was from an era that represented the last push for humans being rather than humans doing. Those individualistic and free notions were no longer representative of society when he attempted to make a comeback. He was a warrior for everything that the owners of the planet despise and he had to go. We can't allow men like him to live. They are a cancer in the new world order. You don't spread these ideas in an established system. If the people really wanted to listen to this man, they would act. (Xello998)


If I will opine on the probabilities of lax security in John Lennon's life, loose guns were also apparent in America during those times.

Even the FBI have files on John Lennon's support to activists during the 60s until the 80s.

It can be noted that John Lennon was very vocal against US President Nixon's stand on Vietnam War.

The media concluded that Lennon is a serious threat to Britain and US alliance.


After three decades, still, people are speaking about the death of this legend.

There will be no other John Lennon.

IMAGINE if there will be another one.




John Lennon's Life (Photo Credit: Wikipedia -using Capture-a-Screenshot)
John Lennon's Life (Photo Credit: Wikipedia -using Capture-a-Screenshot)

The Beatles in America

The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport. (Date:7 February 1964) (Photo Credit: United Press International)
The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport. (Date:7 February 1964) (Photo Credit: United Press International)

Thou shall not kill.

Still, I will post my main reason on publishing this hub.

Mark David Chapman violated one of the Ten Commandments of God, "Thou shalt not kill."

Why are people killing each other?

ENVY is the main cause of such violation.

HATRED will be the second.

If you mix these two negative thoughts, it will be potent to kill anybody, even members of your family (which/that is happening in this generation)

It can eradicate mankind.

And this WORLD we live in.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A sad day for any Beatles' fan; a sad day for humanity in general. Excellent article!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@billybuc: Thank you for appreciating my research and personal outlook on the death of John Lennon.

The era of the 60s until the 80s brought so many memories in my childhood days and early youth.

I'm an fan of Beatles (Who wouldn't be?). In fact, I am preserving copies of some album that my father left. :)


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Kate Mc Bride 4 years ago from Donegal Ireland

Envy and hatred were probably the two motivating factors for this terrible crime as you say alongside liberal gun laws and lack of security. This was an interesting hub to read. Thanks for sharing it.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi travel_man1971 you did a great job covering this subject and brought up some good points why people kill people. I remember that day well the day John Lennon was kill .

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kate Mc Bride: It's always those negative thoughts and lax on security and proper gun handling that make someone kill another human being. Be it the popular ones and the mediocre members of the society.

Perhaps, I can also add prohibited drugs, as I forget to include on my hub.

This trigger a man to do something bad and unpredictable things as effects of those illicit drugs succumb the rightful thinking of the drug dependent.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@kashmir56: Thanks for having a sharp memory. I was in Grade IV (did I say it already) when John Lennon was murdered.

We all know that only negative thoughts can drive a man to kill another, even he's your brother.

Remember Cain and Abel in the Bible.

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