this day in crime history: december 8, 1980


On this date in 1980, former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment building in New York City by a pathetic loser named Mark David Chapman. Chapman was arrested and charged with second degree murder. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison. He first came up for parole in 2000. His parole was denied. He has been denied at every subsequent parole hearing. He is eligible again in August 2014.

Further reading:

truTV – Mark David Chapman: The Man Who Killed John Lennon

Wikipedia – Death of John Lennon


2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: december 8, 1980

  1. John D,.:
    I remember where I was when this came over the news…a girlfriend’s house, and we were like ‘WTH?”

    Chapman SHOULD be denied parole…until AFTER he dies (and maybe not even then).
    WHat surprised me was the SECOND degree charge…why not FIRST?
    Personally, an “eye for an eye” would have worked a lot better.

    Stay safe (and keep warm) out there.


    • Under NY State Penal Law, Murder in the First Degree requires the presence of certain aggravating circumstances. Such circumstances include killing a police officer, peace officer, EMS worker, or corrections employee while they were performing their official duties. Other circumstances include killing anyone while the perpetrator is incarcerated, killing a witness to a crime in order to silence them, and killing someone in the course of committing a specified crime (robbery, kidnapping rape, arson etc.). Garden variety murders are charged as Murder in the Second Degree.


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