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 2018.

Further reading:

Crime Museum – The Murder of John Lennon

Wikipedia – Murder of John Lennon

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

  1. I just sent an email to a bunch of friends reminding them of this. I also attached three of his songs that really still speak to me deep down. “Gimme Some Truth”, “Working Class Hero” and “Watching The Wheels”. Hard to believe that it’s been 38 years now………..


  2. John D.:
    Why Chapman was never charged with FIRST degree murder baffles the hell out of me.
    But, as long as he’s STILL in jail, I guess that’s the best we can hope for.
    Stay safe out there.


    • In NY State, first degree murder requires the presence of certain aggravating circumstances, such as the murder of a police/peace officer, murder committed during a robbery or kidnapping, murdering a witness to silence them etc. Both murder 1st and murder 2nd are class A-1 felonies. The major difference is that murder 1st can result in a death penalty, but since capital punishment was struck down in NY, there isn’t much difference between the two crimes, punishment-wise.


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