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He May Have Been First to Report John Lennon's Death

WLIR's Steve North remembers that night, as does a BBC reporter at the scene 40 years ago

(Newser) - On this night exactly 40 years ago, Mark David Chapman fatally shot John Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building where Lennon lived. Two journalists who reported on the events in 1980 reflect on the anniversary:
  • The first? WLIR's Steve North writes in the Daily Beast that he believes he
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Lennon Signed It for His Own Killer. Now, the Auction Block

TMZ estimates its value at up to $2 million

(Newser) - The album John Lennon signed for his killer is hitting the auction block and could rake in up to $2 million, TMZ reports. Lennon signed the Double Fantasy album for Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, only hours before Chapman shot him four times on the Upper West Side...

This Would Have Been Big Birthday for John Lennon

Paul McCartney posts tribute to his fellow Beatle's 80th

(Newser) - It's hard enough to wrap our heads around the fact that John Lennon was killed nearly 40 years ago. Now another fact to make our jaws drop: He would've been 80 years old Friday. And as tributes circulate on the internet , one "heartfelt message" in particular is...

He 'Did Wrong' by Ono Before. Suit Says He's Doing It Again

She sues John Lennon's former assistant in copyright battle going back decades

(Newser) - For decades, Yoko One has been involved in a legal skirmish with a former assistant to late husband John Lennon, and the battle has just ramped up again. TMZ reports the 87-year-old artist and activist has filed a lawsuit against Frederic Seaman, whom she accuses of copyright infringement and breach...

It's an 11th 'No' for John Lennon's Killer

Mark David Chapman once again denied parole

(Newser) - The man who gunned down John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980 was denied parole for an 11th time, state corrections officials said Wednesday. Officials said Mark David Chapman was denied after being interviewed by a parole board Aug. 19, the AP reports. Chapman, 65, is serving a 20-years-to-life...

Gal Gadot Tried to Cheer Us Up About Virus. It Flopped

Most online commenters didn't seem to care for her celebrity-studded cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine'

(Newser) - Gal Gadot obviously meant well—but her attempt to instill some hope amid the coronavirus outbreak isn't going over quite as planned. The Telegraph notes that the Wonder Woman star gathered a bunch of celebrities together to make a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" to "lift...

Ringo Starr Gets the Band Back Together

For one song, the Beatles are together, kind of

(Newser) - A decades-old shoutout from John Lennon helped pave the way toward Ringo Starr's latest single—a Beatles reunion of sorts. Paul McCartney plays bass on " Grow Old With Me ," which is one of the last songs written by Lennon. What's more, producer Jack Douglas inserted a...

Lennon's Killer: I Intentionally Chose Those Bullets

He's not '100% remorseful' and 'weeping' yet, per transcript of last parole hearing

(Newser) - Is John Lennon's killer completely repentant yet? By his own admission, no, but he's getting there. "As each year goes by, I feel more and more shame," Mark David Chapman said at his last parole hearing in August, the transcript of which was released Thursday, per...

Parole Panel Has Familiar Word for John Lennon's Killer

Mark David Chapman is told no for the 10th time

(Newser) - The man who murdered John Lennon will remain behind bars after his 10th unsuccessful parole hearing, reports the Daily News . Mark David Chapman, now 63, was turned down again this week. No reasons have yet been made public, but the newspaper reports that Yoko Ono sent the parole board a...

Stolen Trove of John Lennon Items Found at Auction House

Yoko Ono's former driver is a suspect

(Newser) - Yoko Ono is going to be reunited with a trove of John Lennon memorabilia that apparently took a long and winding road after being stolen from her New York home in 2006. Police in Germany say they have recovered more than 100 items, including diaries, glasses, and sheet music, many...

Billy Corgan Says He Saw a Human Shift Shape

And 8 more celebs who say they've seen something otherworldly

(Newser) - It's only Wednesday, and yet it's already been a good week for the paranormal. First came coverage of Miami GOP congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who once said she's remained in telepathic contact with aliens ever since she was abducted at age 7 by "three blond,...

$1.5M Will Get You the Record Lennon Signed for His Killer

Mark David Chapman shot the pop legend after getting his autograph

(Newser) - One of the most gruesome artifacts in the history of rock 'n' roll can be yours for just $1.5 million. Autograph and document dealer Moments in Time has announced the sale of a copy of John Lennon's Double Fantasy album that the singer signed for Mark David...

Yoko Ono to Get 'Imagine' Credit, as Lennon Wanted

After more than 40 years, Lennon's widow will get credit on his famous song

(Newser) - More than 40 years after the release of one of John Lennon’s most famous songs, Yoko Ono is on her way to receiving the co-writing credit her husband thought she deserved. Variety reports that on Wednesday, National Music Publishers Association CEO David Israelite announced that the process is underway...

Woman, 2 Kids Found Dead in John Lennon's Old Home

Liverpool police believe it was murder

(Newser) - Police in Liverpool are investigating a suspected triple murder at the former home of one of the city's most famous sons. A 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after a woman and two young children were found dead in an apartment on Falkner Street, where John Lennon lived with...

John Lennon's Angry Letter to Paul McCartney Up for Auction

Circa 1971 letter expected to sell at auction for more than $20K

(Newser) - A circa 1971 letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney illustrates how strained relations were between the Beatles after Lennon left the band. The letter, which is up for auction in Boston , is a response to a missive from Linda and Paul McCartney that apparently didn't impress Lennon much....

Mark David Chapman's Parole Denied—Again

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time, can try again in 2 years

(Newser) - Nearly 36 years after he shot John Lennon dead, Mark David Chapman is still trying to get out of prison—and an upstate New York parole board is still denying him that chance, per the Hollywood Reporter . The 61-year-old, who's said to have learned how to fix wheelchairs during...

11 Stars Who Own Private Islands

Must be nice

(Newser) - It's no surprise for a celebrity to own a fancy car or a huge mansion—but these 23 celebrities rounded up by Ranker kick it up a notch or two: They own private islands. A sampling:
  1. Johnny Depp: He owns a 45-acre island in the Caribbean, and seems to
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7 Best Lines From Yoko Ono's Awesome Us List

Admit it, you always wondered whether she liked the Dougie or krumping better

(Newser) - Jezebel is calling it "the Best-Ever Us Weekly '25 Things.'" The Frisky calls it "f---ing perfect." Vulture calls it "the Most Yoko Ono Listicle Ever." Yes, Yoko Ono's contribution to Us Weekly's recurring feature, "25 Things You Don'...

6 Stars Who Say They've Encountered Aliens

Russell Crowe says he took a picture of UFOs

(Newser) - Aliens? UFOs? They may seem like the stuff of sci-fi movies, but the Chive rounds up 12 stars who say they've encountered something extraterrestrial. A sampling:
  1. Mick Jagger: The rocker actually had a UFO detector installed in his home, and claimed to have once viewed a "luminous, cigar-shaped
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A Single Photo Exists of Lennon With His Killer
 A Single Photo Exists 
 of Lennon With His Killer 
35th ANNIVERSARY COVERAGE

A Single Photo Exists of Lennon With His Killer

Here's a look at coverage on the anniversary of the singer's murder

(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
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