30 years ago today, on December 8th 1980, former Beatle, John Winston Lennon was shot five times in the back as he entered the Dakota building in New York City, by crazed 'fan' Mark Chapman.
Devoted fans are expected to gather today in Liverpool and in New York City to pay their respects and celebrate the life of the controversial musician.
Lennon's killer, Chapman has never given a real reason as to why he murdered the star, mumbling only a load of old shite about JD Salinger's novel The Catcher In The Rye being his inspiration, and declaring that Lennon was 'a fake.'
Skoob Entertainment News's Crime Correspondent, Ellery King told us that Chapman wouldn't in all probability be commemorating Lennon, as he is safely under lock and key in a penitentiary.
"He's as nutty as a fruit cake," King said. "As far as I can ascertain, he's being held in solitary because there's a bounty on his head. Personally, I think they should put the bastard in with the general population so that he can be beaten to a bloody pulp and gang butt-fucked on a daily basis. Oh, and they should make the sick fucker sleep on a bed made of barbed wire. And kick sharp pencils deep in his ears. It's a pity really that a scenario like that won't actually unfold, because that would have been real justice."
A source close to Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, told us:
"It's ironic really that John sang Give Peace A Chance because had he known the Chapman had a gun and was about to shoot him in the back, he'd have kicked his fucking head in. Not a lot of people know this, but John was a bit tasty in a ruck."
RIP John Lennon.
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