On this day December 8, 1980

Former Beatle John Lennon was shot in the entrance hallway of the Dakota apartments in New York City.

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John Lennon and Chapman

On the night of 8 December 1980 Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times (the fifth shot missed) in the entrance hallway of the Dakota. Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman earlier that same night.

Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival in the Emergency Room at the Roosevelt Hospital at 11:15 p.m. On the following day, 9 December 1980, Ono issued a statement: “There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean.”

Chapman pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life. He is still in prison, having been denied parole five times.

Two days after his death, Lennon’s body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

Chapman’s fifth hearing was on August 12, 2008. He was again denied parole “due to concern for the public safety and welfare”. His next attempt for parole will be in August 2010.

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