A Single Photo Exists of Lennon With His Killer
Here's a look at coverage on the anniversary of the singer's murder
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2015 11:28 AM CST
John Lennon, in 1972.   (AP Photo/Tony Camerano, File)
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(Newser) – Today is the 35th anniversary of the day Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon outside the singer's New York City apartment building. A look around at the coverage:

  • A photographer took the only image of Chapman and Lennon together—just five hours before Chapman killed Lennon. He recounts the day to NJ.com.
  • "Something in the back of my mind was going, 'Do it, do it, do it," Chapman recalled a few years after the killing. CNN explores what drove him.
  • Read Jimmy Breslin's Daily News column written on deadline that night in 1980, reprinted at the Daily Beast.
  • What's it like to live in New York and look just like John Lennon? The New Republic interviews Charles Gariepy and learns it's not like bearing a resemblance to Elvis. "You have to be much more chill about it."

  • The AP is re-running its original coverage of the shooting here, including Yoko Ono's plea to police: "Tell me it isn't true." Cox Media rounds up other original stories here.
  • Lennon had released Double Fantasy just weeks before his death, and Ultimate Classic Rock takes a look at how it was seen as a "potentially exciting, yet still determinedly tentative, step back toward music" for him.
  • Many Americans learned of his death during Monday Night Football. The International Business Times rounds up that and other factoids about the night.
  • "All those great songs are still with us," writes Chris Shields at the St. Cloud Times. "Whether you grew up with them, were raised on them as I was, or whether you discover them on your own, the music remains. It doesn't matter if you are 15 or 50, John Lennon's legacy, his voice, his spirit is here with us whenever we need it."