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Murder of John Lennon
Dakota Apartments Entryway.jpg
The archway of The Dakota, where the attack happened, pictured here in 2009
Location The Dakota, New York City, New York, US
Date 8 December 1980; 40 years ago (1980-12-08)
10:50 PM (US Eastern time (UTC−05:00))
Target John Lennon
Attack type
Shooting with handgun
Weapon Charter Arms Undercover .38 Special revolver
Victim John Lennon
Perpetrator Mark David Chapman

On the 8 December 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman. It happened outside the Dakota in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. Chapman was from Hawaii and had travelled to New York to kill Lennon. Chapman said he was annoyed at how lazy Lennon's lifestyle was and was also annoyed about that Lennon had said The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus".

Chapman was arrested soon after the shooting and was charged with murder. Chapman pleaded guilty to Lennon's murder and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison. Chapman could have had parole ten times since 2000, but was never accepted. He is still in prison today.

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