John Lennon’s Assassination Essay

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John Lennon’s Assassination

Appendix 1

When I first started my research I decided to use an Internet source because it seemed
like it would be very simple to find information on the Internet. After searching fro
hours and not finding much information on the Internet I decided to go look at my packet
at some websites that could help me, I went to, and searched from there. I
found some periodicals on a website and continued to search on different sites. I found
some information about Mark David Chapman on, the killer of John Lennon, on, which was very helpful. Then I got some books at the library and used
them. I used the books much more than any other source. One book was extremely useful it
was called The Covert War Against Rock because it talked about how the government played
with the minds of John Lennon and his family. If I could I probably could have written my
entire paper right out of that book but there were other required sources, and “required
means required.” I then used my Encarta, which really didn’t help at all because it
talked of John Lennon’s life as a child and as a teen growing up in England and that not
what my paper was about.

I had the most trouble trying to develop a thesis statement. I couldn’t develop a thesis
statement because there were many different theories and topics about John Lennon that I
could write about. It was hard to develop a thesis statement also because I needed a
statement that fit the paper like glove. It couldn’t be to vague where I could write a
novel on it, and it couldn’t be to specific because then I wouldn’t be able to write
enough on it. I also had trouble finding information about John Lennon on the Internet
because every time I would type his name into a search it would ask me if I wanted to
download John Lennon music or get lyrics fro his music, and that is not what I was looking
for. The hardest research question to answer was definitely how did John Lennon promote
peace. There was very limited information on this topic, which surprised me because so
many people are interested in John Lennon’s peace promotions and rallies.

When I found the book on the conspiracies and facts people didn’t know about John Lennon
and the government called The Covert War Against Rock I knew it was going to be a major
breakthrough. I then breathed a sigh of relief, because I had been in a slump trying to
find information on that specific topic. I felt like I didn’t have any note cards
compared to anybody else and when I found that book and took noted I was then ahead of the

Other kids in the class helped me take notes by giving me tips on how to interpret the
information onto my note cards. Also my mom went o the library fro me and picked up my
books, which was probably the biggest help because if I didn’t have those books my paper
would be about a page long. My parents did a big part in the project helping me with the
format works cited page, and helping me proofread my entire paper. Also I interviewed my
mom for the interview portion of the project.

Throughout my project I learned how to take notes and write my entire project in MLA
format, which I know will help in the future. I now know that when I get a project I want
to get to the library early because when everybody has a project to do they are all going
to go to the library and take out books and I need to get their early so that I can get
what I need. Before I wrote this paper I didn’t even know there was such a thing as MLA
format and now I know what it is and I can use it in high school and in college without a

The stories about how the government harasses Lennon and his family meant the most to me
because I couldn’t even imagine how bad it would be to live thinking every day somebody
living in your own home was going to kill you. To get letters and phone calls everyday
telling you someone was going to kill you and your family would be unbearable. Before I
knew all this about John Lennon I thought he had a great, peaceful life but now I know
that it was terrible frightening and very hectic.

Before I even started my research I didn’t know if I wanted to write about John Lennon’s
life as a musician, but then I thought of it and everybody already knows about his life as
a musician, so I found a book on his conflicts with the government and not many people
know about that. I wrote the paper about the parts of John Lennon’s life that weren’t all
glory and happiness. Another person on our team had the same topic as me and throughout
the project we helped each other out and gave each other information on Lennon and his
family even though our topics were not exactly alike. It was difficult to stay organized
throughout this project. It was very important to be organized though. If I had become
too unorganized the entire project would have gone down the drain. So, organization was
one of the biggest factors in this project that lead up to where I am now.

Appendix 2
Language Arts, Green

12 March 2002

John Lennon’s Assassination

Thesis Statement: Although John Lennon had many conflicts with the government he was still
one of the most influential songwriters and peacemakers that ever lived.

I. Introduction

A. General information

B. Quote

C. Thesis Statement

II. John promoting peace

A. Rallies

B. Charity

C. Concerts

III. Project Walrus

A. The people behind the project

B. Stolen Items

C. The reasons for the project

IV. The Governments Actions

A. What they did to make the Lennon’s lives terrible

B. Lies they made up

C. Items they stole

Language Arts, Green

24 April 2002

A small, stalky man was strolling the New York City streets on a cold December night. He
smoothly slithered down the street on his way to Central Park. He was now across the
street from the famous Dakota apartment building where John Lennon and his family dwelled.
He looked over and saw a limousine smoothly sliding down the street like a train on its
tracks. The man decided to cross the street to further observe what was happening. As he
arrived in the Dakota’s parking lot, he saw Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, escaping from
the limousine. He was now within fifteen feet of the famous couple. All of a sudden a
man lurched out of the darkness and called out “Mr. Lennon.” The man ripped a .38 revolver
out of his pocket and emptied it into Lennon’s back. The killer then dropped his gun, sat
down on the curb and began to read his favorite book “Catcher In The Rye.” Meanwhile,
the man who had just come out for a walk had just witnessed history in the making. Within
minutes, the police had arrived to arrest Mark David Chapman, the dirty, devil-worshipping
assassin. The police cars then rode off into the distance until they were out of sight.
The man then ran home like a bolt of lightning to tell of the tragedy he had just
witnessed. Although John Lennon had many conflicts with the government, he was still one
of the most influential songwriters and peacemakers that ever lived.

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow” (John Lennon Quotes). John Lennon held many
rallies to promote peace. In 1969 John and Yoko Ono, his wife, who is also a peacemaker,
spent a week in bed in Amsterdam and then another week in bed in Toronto. All of this was
to protest the Vietnam War and to promote the slogan for the protest, “make love, not
war.”(See appendix 4)(Sandow). In 1969, he held the Toronto peace festival, promoting
love and peace and to spotlight many social issues such as the Vietnam War. All proceeds
of this festival went to the needy. In 1972, John held a concert in Madison Square
Garden. This was John’s last concert with the Plastic Ono Band. At this point, the
Vietnam protests were at their height. At the end of the concert, everybody gathered on
stage and sang “Give Peace A Chance.” People could not control themselves and marched down
Fifth Avenue still singing “Give Peace A Chance”(See appendix 3.)(Unterburger). Lennon
also promoted peace through his music and videos. “Basically he was a peace loving, peace
seeking person, and tried to get that across in his music” (Interview).

Yoko Ono stated that Fred Seaman, her old assistant came up with a giant plan to steal as
many items as possible from the Lennon apartment and sell them for as much as possible.
“She alleges he hatched an elaborate plan to steal Lennon’s belongings, and that he called
it “Project Walrus” after the Beatles song “I Am The Walrus” (BBC News). “Fred Seaman,
his college roommate Bob Rosen, a controlling psychiatrist, and a diamond dealer all got
together and decided to engage in this ‘Project Walrus’ conspiracy. [This] involved
setting up an apartment, as well as a warehouse in Manhattan, have Fred steal as many
things as he could – not just the journals, although the journals were the most important
things – and for these four guys to: 1 sell the materials privately, because this was
right after John’s death and obviously the sky was the limit in terms of what one could
charge for those kinds of things, and 2: write a book that would corner the gossip market
on John Lennon… and Yoko”(Constantine 122). Fred Seaman and his partners in crime also
got some of Ono’s bodyguards into the project helping them steal as many personal items
from the Lennon apartment as possible (Constantine 121). Fred and his companions would go
inside the Lennon apartment and steal bagfuls of Johns journals, unreleased recordings,
paintings, love letters, a novella John had written named Skywriting By Word of Mouth, and
diaries from 1975 through 1980 because they could sell them for infinite sums of money
since they had been property of the Lennon family. In 1983, Fred Seamen pleaded guilty
for stealing four of Lennon’s journals. He did five years probation and promised to
return all of the stolen items. Although he returned the majority of the items, Yoko Ono
claimed that he is still showing off hundreds of Lennon family photographs in books and on
a recent television program (BBC News). Some of the men stole a letter to Yoko Ono from
Mark Chapman that described Chapman’s “mission” to New York and was evidence of
premeditated murder and maybe even conspiracy to protect the “lone” gunman’s allies. The
agents that stole it changed the postdate to 1981. Then it could not be used in court
since it no longer described Chapman’s “mission” to New York where he assassinated John
Lennon. All the letters that the government would steal they would return on the Lennon’s
kitchen table to try and make the family think something was wrong with them and they were
going crazy (Constantine 121).

The government disliked John and his family strongly and did not want them around. They
disliked him because he was an illegal immigrant. Lennon made movies and songs that
suggested drug use and said it was ok. He broke many laws and the government was getting
aggravated and wanted it to stop. They would place bugs in their apartment to listen to
everything. They would make phone calls after John was killed threatening to kill Ono and
Sean Lennon. Two men were questioned at the entrance of the Dakota, the apartment
building the Lennon’s lived in and ran away. One of them was caught and he said he would
“get” Sean and Ono after John’s death (Constantine 123). Some government workers spread
rumors that Ono was crazy in her mind. They also spread rumors saying she was a heroin
addict and had an affair before John died. They also said she had Paul McCartney arrested
in Japan for possession of marijuana (Constantine 127-128). The government would steal
some of the Lennon’s possessions and return them onto the kitchen table days later to try
and convince them that they were crazy. Passports, lyrics to new songs, and collages by
John Lennon were all stolen and showing up in mysterious places. Many anonymous death
threats were made by phone and mail. “Ono is depending on her body guards for any sense of
security. So when an anonymous call is received saying one of her security men is working
against her the paranoia around the [Dakota] is almost palpable… The idea that someone in
her own home may kill her has been planted” (Constantine 127). Some people believed that
the government was sending secret coded messages through Time and Newsweek Magazine. On
the day of Lennon’s murder, a headline in Time Magazine read Who’s In Who’s Out?, with a
picture of recently elected president Reagan, meaning Reagan’s in Lennon’s out. Another
headline read, “Fitting Together The Pieces of A Complicated Jigsaw Puzzle,” with a
picture of a vase of lilies symbolizing death. This was important because if it was true
it proved that the government had been working against Lennon this whole time, and could
have been involved in his murder (Constantine 129).

Mark Chapman was raised as a Christian. He was a hard working Christian most of his life
until he felt he had conflicts with John Lennon. At this point in his life, he became a
depressed Satan worshipper. “Months before the murder, he visited Satanist and filmmaker
Kenneth Anger at a screening in Hawaii, shook hands and handed over two .38 caliber
bullets. ‘These are for John Lennon,’ he explained to Anger” (Constantine118). He became
so depressed he attempted suicide. In 1977 he was put into the Castle Memorial Hospital
diagnosed with depression neurosis. Chapman became so popular with doctors that they
hired him as a maintenance worker. He worked there until 1979 when he was promoted to the
custom relations office. He then quit that job with a big loan from the hospital credit
union and claimed to go on a world tour. That is when he began to plan out his “mission”
to kill John and his family (Constantine 121).

Mark Chapman joined the C.I.A training camp while still in college. Others would call the
training camp a school of terror. While in training camp, Chapman received firearms
training and became excellent at it. He then dropped out of college and became a security
guard. When he took the pistol-training course, he passed with flying colors.

Mark David Chapman, a psychotic, devil worshipping, John Lennon fanatic, gave many reasons
for killing John Lennon. Mark Chapman felt he was the “catcher” out of his favorite book
by Holden Caulfield “Catcher In The Rye.” After listening to John’s latest album “Double
Fantasy,” Chapman felt that John was posing as the new “catcher” and Chapmen hated it
because he was “the catcher”. Chapman completed much research on John Lennon and felt he
was a phony and deserved to die because Chapman believed he was the “catcher,” and John
Lennon was trying to steal his position. Mark Chapman was also a schizophrenic. At times,
he felt he was John Lennon, sometimes he felt he was Holden Caulfield, and sometimes he
felt he was himself (David Pryke). “By early 1980, Chapman had come to regard Lennon and
himself as a kind of twinned personality or doppelganger. (The “doppelganger”: two
personalities sharing the same time and space, and one has to cancel out the other. Some
see the doppelganger as an expression of the ideal self in conflict wit the actual self –
perhaps this was the real conflict in Mark Chapman. There has always been a question mark
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