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John Lennon Assassination News: 33rd Anniversary

December, 2013


John Lennon was holding a copy of the final mix of Yoko Ono’s "Walking on Thin Ice" when he was shot dead in front of his home.

In a controversial new book, "Life, Times And Assassination", author Phil Strongman claims that Mark David Chapman didn't kill Lennon for 15 minutes of fame and he wasn’t just a celebrity stalker who went too far.


‘If Chapman was an attention-seeker, then why did he turn down the chance of what would have been the trial of the century? By pleading guilty, Chapman missed all of the attention he was supposedly seeking." Strongman dares to ask WHY. It just doesn't add up.

The author claims that Chapman was a stooge. He contests many of the so-called ‘facts’ about the case — including the basic assumption that Chapman was a Beatles and Lennon fan. Until the weekend before the killing: ‘Chapman, the supposed Lennon “obsessive” and “fan of fans”, didn't own one Lennon single, book or album. Not one!’"

The author dismisses the claim that Chapman had 14 hours of tapes of Lennon’s songs in his packsack on the day of the shooting. ‘They have never been photographed or produced for the simple reason that they do not exist.’

It is the killer’s calmness after the shooting that Strongman sees as the key to what really happened, providing evidence for his theory that Lennon’s death was a state-sponsored conspiracy.


Chapman, a former security guard from Hawaii, looked like a zombie as he hung around after the killing and waited for the police. The author suggests that Chapman had been recruited by the CIA and trained by them during his travels around the world, when he mysteriously showed up in unlikely places.

How strange, for example, that Chapman should visit Beirut at a time when the Lebanese capital was a hive of CIA activity — and was said to be home to one of the agency’s top-secret assassination training camps. Another camp was supposedly in Hawaii, where Chapman lived for a number of years.

Who funded the penniless Chapman's round-the-world trip in 1975, which took him to Japan, the UK, India, Nepal, Korea, Vietnam and China? Money was never a problem for Chapman, but no one has ever explained where it came from. In Strongman’s opinion, the secret service was his paymaster.

The CIA has been known to use mind-control drugs and hypnosis techniques to train ‘patsies’ and fall guys on whom their killings can be blamed.

Strongman claims: ‘Catcher In The Rye was part of Chapman’s hypnotic programming, a trigger that could be “fired” at him by a few simple keywords [via] a cassette tape message, telex or telegram or even a mere telephone call.

The movie The Manchurian Candidate is sold as movie fiction but conspiracy theorists have long suspected both the Americans and their communist foes of using mind control techniques to activate ‘sleeper’ assassins. Chapman could have been an unwitting killer or unwitting accomplice for the CIA.


Strongman suspects that Chapman did not act alone any more than Lee Harvey Oswald or Sirhan Sirhan in the Kennedy murders acted alone. He doubts that Chapman fired the fatal shots. ‘The bullets penetrated Lennon’s body so closely together that pathologists later had trouble marking out the different entry points. If all of these shots came from Chapman, it was a miraculous piece of shooting.

If any of the bullets came from Chapman, it was miraculous because Chapman was standing on Lennon’s right and, as the autopsy report and death certificate later made clear, all Lennon’s wounds were in the left side of his body.’

There had to be another shooter involved, Strongman insists. He suggests that a CIA plant who worked at the Dakota building was the real killer. What supports his suspicion is the sloppy nature of the police investigation after Chapman’s arrest.

‘His bizarre post-killing calm was not questioned, his behaviour was not checked with a drugs test, his “programmed” state [a word used about him by more than one police officer] was not investigated, his previous movements were not thoroughly looked into. ‘Put simply, the authorities’ investigation, or lack or it, into the assassination was shockingly slack.'


The FBI had to be conspiring with the CIA to cover up the truth that Lennon’s assassination was ordered by members of the American estbalishment to shut him up. But why was Lennon on their hit list? Because he was rattling the cages of America’s powerful Right wing, first with his opposition to the Vietnam War and then with his campaign of pacifism.

It is here that those of us who lived through the period must pause for breath. Lennon was a genius, a showman and a show-off. But he was a dreamer, not a doer. He wrote songs, he played guitar, he made us laugh but he wasn’t about to bring down capitalism. Grumbling to an aide one day about soaring business expenses, he was reminded: ‘Imagine no possessions, John.’ Lennon shot back: ‘It’s only a bloody song!’

Why are files relating to secret service investigations into Lennon’s activities still closed? Strongman writes: ‘I am as convinced that elements of both the FBI and CIA were undoubtedly behind a cover-up in December 1980. They were also deeply involved in the killing itself.’


Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for the SEVENTH time - but at least now he'll get conjugal visits with his wife Gloria Hiroko Chapman in a trailer complete with kitchenette, living room, and two bedrooms – without cameras, as part of a deal Chapman made. Gloria married her notorious husband in 1979, one year before he shot the Beatles star. Chapman has managed to survive three decades in one of America’s most violent prisons despite the dangerous information he must still possess - which is well beyond the 20-year minimum decreed by the judge who sentenced him.


The widow of John Lennon has been so vilified over the years since the Beatles 1970 disbanding that she told Interview Magazine it has been like being convicted of a heinous crime and being imprisoned, even though she’s not guilty.

Ono said the idea she was behind the breakup of the world’s greatest and most-beloved rock band led to the public not relishing her own music for “40 years or something.”

“I wasn’t valued by people … so I started to feel that no one else loved me,” Ono said. Awwwwwwwww.

She’s turned the corner now, she said, and has even re-established a relationship with establishment-sucking sell-out SIR Paul McCartney – who has been KNIGHTED BY THE QUEEN. Yoko and Paul had been at odds with one another for decades. McCartney is her biggest defender, telling the late David Frost in a 2012 interview that Ono was not the reason for the demise of the group.

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