this day in crime history: december 8, 1980

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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:

Crime Library – Mark David Chapman: The Man Who Killed John Lennon

Wikipedia – Death of John Lennon

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

  1. Lennon’s death still registers among a great number of us to this day. I vividly recall listening to Howard Cosell tell those watching the Monday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots the news. It’s seared to memory.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Rains… You Get Wet and commented:
    Lennon’s death still registers among a great number of us to this day. I vividly recall listening to Howard Cosell tell those watching the Monday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots the news. It’s seared to memory.

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  3. John D.:
    I recall being at a former girlfriend’s house and the two of us were in utter disbelief.
    While I could never equate this to the JFK assassination, it DID impact all of us, because of Lennon being such a pop culture icon for the time.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Roll safe out there.

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