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Why Did David Chapman Kill John Lennon?


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 ??

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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:


ManSue on September 29, 2016:



Four men, all homeless, and all somehow connected

with a Super Star Celebrity Singer from Bay City, Michigan__

Madonna Ciccone.

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?

Oregon? Coincidence?

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 Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado 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.

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