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.

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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 pack.

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 problem.

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

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 over
whether what he did was murder or some kind of surrogate suicide)” (David

“When John Lennon and Ono returned shortly before 11 P.M New York
time, they left their limousine at the curb and walked up the driveway
toward the courtyard Chapman came up behind Lennon and yelled out ”Mr.

Lennon”, Sullivan said. Sullivan was John Lennon’s bodyguard and close

As Lennon started to turn, Chapman went into a combat stance, and
emptied a Charter arms .38 revolver, which contained five bullets, Sullivan
said. Lennon staggered up six steps into the vestibule and said, “I’m
shot,” before collapsing to the floor, Sullivan said” (Gaines).

All and all, John Lennon has been one of the most influential and
powerful songwriters and peacemakers ever. He had many conflicts with the
government, which did not allow him to live his life as happily as he had
wished. All he wanted was to have a little peace in this world. He
influenced many people to live life in peace and not to hate. If John
Lennon were still living today, the world would be very different.

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world
will be as one”(John Lennon Quotes).

Works Cited
“BBC News/ Entertainment/ Yoko Ono Sues Former Lennon Aide.”
Constantine, Alex. The Covert War Against Rock. Venice, California: Feral
House, 2000.

Gaines, Sallie. “Ex-Beatle Lennon Slain.” Chicago Tribune December 9,

Hamilton, Sue L. Hamilton, John C. The Killing of A Rock Legend: John

Bloomington, Minnesota: Abdo and Daughters, 1989.

“John Lennon Quotes.”

Pryke, David. “The Murder of John Lennon “Signals”.”
Sandow, Greg. “John Lennon.” Encarta. CD-ROM. 1993-1998.

Unterberger, Richi. “The Legend of John Lennon.” December 21 2000.


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