The Assassination of John Lennon: A Look Back at the Events Leading to His Death

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The release of “Now and Then” has stirred emotions for Beatles fans as they remember John Lennon, who was tragically killed 43 years ago. The track features vocals from a demo Lennon recorded in the late 1970s, completed by former bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with the late George Harrison.

  • Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980, outside his New York City apartment.
  • Chapman, a former security guard, is currently serving 20-years-to-life at Green Haven Correctional Facility.
  • Chapman had traveled from Hawaii to New York multiple times in the days leading up to the assassination, waiting outside the Dakota building where Lennon lived.
  • Chapman had carefully planned the assassination and confessed to his motivations during a parole hearing in 2022.
  • Who killed John Lennon? What happened leading up to his assassination.

    The day John Lennon was shot was a tragic and carefully planned event that shocked the world. Mark David Chapman, a former security guard, shot and killed Lennon as he returned to his New York City apartment with his wife Yoko Ono.

    The Tragic Events Leading Up to the Assassination

    Chapman’s repeated trips from Hawaii to New York and his meticulous planning leading up to the assassination reveal the extent of his determination to carry out the act.

    On the morning of Dec. 8, Chapman arrived at the Dakota building, knowing that this was the day he would kill Lennon.

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