Murder of John Lennon

murder taking place on 8 December 1980

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 lived in 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".[1][2]

Murder of John Lennon
Dakota Apartments Entryway.jpg
The archway of The Dakota, where the attack happened, pictured here in 2009
LocationThe Dakota, New York City, New York, US
Date8 December 1980; 40 years ago (1980-12-08)
10:50 PM (US Eastern time (UTC−05:00))
TargetJohn Lennon
Attack type
Shooting with handgun
WeaponCharter Arms Undercover .38 Special revolver
VictimJohn Lennon
PerpetratorMark David Chapman

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.[3]


  1. Jones, Jack (November 1992). Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman, the Man Who Killed John Lennon. Villard Books. p. 118. ISBN 0-8129-9170-2.
  2. Gaines, J.R. (1981) The Life and Crime of Mark David Chapman June 22, 1981 Vol. 15 No. 24
  3. Coleman, Terry (25 August 1981). "Lennon's killer to serve twenty years". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2020.