THE DAY THE LENNON MUSIC DIED
A few days ago was the 34th anniversary  of the day John Lennon was assassinated on December 8th, 1980. That was the day the music died.
In memory of John, I posted articles on ORWELL TODAY and listened to his last radio interview (given two days before he was shot) and to songs from DOUBLE FANTASY, the album he'd just released after five years in recluse. Scanned below is my copy of that LP.
listen Just Like Starting Over, John Lennon
I remember exactly where I was, not only when I heard John Lennon had been shot -- but also where I was the first time I heard his voice coming over the radio singing JUST LIKE STARTING OVER. I was on my knees washing the kitchen floor in the little old house we'd just bought. I sat up and listened, trying to discern if it was really him, and then the DJ came on saying "that was John Lennon singing his new release -- JUST LIKE STARTING OVER.
John Lennon was back! He was starting over!
Then, not many weeks later, I came home around 9pm (midnight New York time) from seeing the movie GALLIPOLI at the theatre, and my husband, watching TV, said "John Lennon's been shot -- he may be dead".
Once again, I couldn't believe my ears. And once again -- like when they killed JFK and Bobby -- I glued myself to the TV and cried and cried and cried.
Hard to believe it's been thirty-four years -- he was forty years old in 1980 -- I was thirty at the time. I'd been one of those screaming teenagers when Beatlemania hit America -- saw them LIVE in 1965 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Our seats were way up high in the grey section -- and the Beatles were miniscule down on the stage -- and the screaming was so hysterical it was impossible to hear them sing. I almost got into a fight with the girl beside me because she was screaming non-stop in my ear but the cops came along and told everyone to "shut up" or we'd all be thrown out.
At that time, and to this day, John was always my "favourite Beatle" -- I thought he was the cutest and loved his personality. He was so witty and hilarious.
I loved the early Beatles records -- the songs before Yoko Ono came on the scene around 1967. They started losing me after Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- and John went off the deep end for years -- and I blamed his downfall on Yoko Ono.
So hearing John Lennon singing again -- like his old self -- was blessings falling from heaven.
But, it didn't last. It's as though they gave John back to us, for one last listen, before stealing him away, again -- forever.
Today I was rummaging around in my old-newspaper-bin looking for clippings of the coverage on the day John Lennon was shot. Below are scans and transcribes from the Vancouver Sun newspaper, December 10, 1980 and the Rolling Stone magazine, January 22, 1981 edition. I'm missing the Rolling Stone cover and didn't realize until later that it's the one of naked John wrapping himself around fully-clothed Yoko -- a symbolic demeaning insult to Lennon portraying him in such a hideous way in their memorial edition. Reading between the lines in the Rolling Stone coverage -- with intervening conspiracy theories in mind -- it seems beyond coincidental that they were interviewing and photographing John Lennon in the Dakota moments before he left the building for the last time.
The photo of John in front of the window was taken at dusk on December 8, 1980 in John's bedroom in the Dakota. It would have been moments before he left for the recording studio because he's wearing the jacket he was photographed in when signing the autograph for Chapman -- at 4:30 -- outside the Dakota.
Looking at that photo of John posing on the window ledge -- in reality, the last official photo of him -- it dawned on me that that was the exact location of the infamous photo of his blood-splattered glasses that Yoko Ono was auctioning off a few years ago. It's the photo from the cover of her solo album released a few months after John's demise. In a long list of porno/sicko album covers inflicted on John, by her, this one takes the cake. Talk about making a spectacle of yourself (pardon the pun). And speaking of spectacles, those aren't the style usually associated with John -- and one wonders if those were really the pair he was wearing.
Whenever I hear about Yoko Ono I think back to what I read about her in the book, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOURS: MY LIFE WITH THE BEATLES, by Tony Bramwell that came out in 2005:
....Lennon's dark fate is entrapment by a woman who stalks him for months, desperate to exploit his celebrity and his millions. Yoko Ono is a she-wolf dressed in black and such a core of negativity that she sucked the air out of the room.... Ono is also credited with destroying Lennon's will, banning his lifelong friends and getting him hooked on heroin....
As I write this it's a week before Christmas and every day on TV the war-profiteers are begging for money -- in the name of war-ravaged children -- over the soundtrack of peace-loving Lennon's SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS. In John's BBC interview -- the one he gave on December 6th, 1980 -- two days before his assassination -- John talks about how proud he is of composing a Christmas carol that will go down through the ages -- alongside traditional carols like WHITE CHRISTMAS.
listen John Lennon -- Happy Christmas, carol
And so, this is Christmas -- and I hope we have fun -- the near and the dear ones -- the old and the young. And so, HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you, John Lennon, forever with us in spirit and song.
As a gift to ORWELL TODAY readers, below are scans and excerpts transcribed from the pages of my copy of the Rolling Stone edition of their interview and photos of John Lennon on the day he died and their coverage of his assassination published the following month on January 22, 1981. Reading the bolded passages it's possible to see the conspiracy.
All the best,
Jackie Jura, December 2014
Since November 22nd, 1963, it has been a cathartic part of the national mourning process to sentimentalize and deify the grieving widow of the fallen hero, but the fountains of warm devotion and transferred love may not be turned on with flowing ease for Yoko Ono Lennon, the widow of John. For many, Yoko remains a difficult, disturbing figure. Seven years older than Lennon, with a grim-faced demeanor and a preposterously unfeminine, egotistical belief in the magnitude of her talent, Yoko Ono has never fit the stereotype of a rock superstar's foxy lady.... Yoko was forcibly cast, by those who claimed to know, as the Dragon Lady, beloved John's bewitching mental aberration, the abrasive outsider, the wily insinuator who tried to become the fifth Beatle and broke up the group. In the popular speculaton, Yoko Ono was a driving, impassive bitch with an unfathomable sexual hold on the sweet working-class poet; Yoko Ono was the dangerous, uninvited female who walked into the clubhouse and demanded a change in the rules; Yoko Ono was the evil schemer who put an end for all time to the song....
John went to the barbershop in the morning. "This is the way we used to wear our hair", he said when he returned, "but it takes a lot of keeping up". He looked just like he did in the early days.
Lennon signs autograph for Mark David Chapman, the man accused of shooting him six hours later.
Inside the mahogany-paneled office of the Dakota apartment house in New York City, on one of the warmest December nights on record, Jay Hastings waited for John Lennon and Yoko Ono to come home. The burly, bearded, twenty-seven-year old doorman had worked the Dakota for more than two years. He'd always said that the best part of his job was getting to know John and Yoko, who owned five apartments in the building.... Hastings was reading a magazine shortly before eleven pm when he heard several shots outside the office, and then the sound of shattering glass. He stiffened. He heard someone coming up the office steps. John Lennon stumbled in, a horrible, confused look on his face. Yoko followed, screaming, "John's been shot, John's been shot". At first, Hastings thought it was a crazy joke. Lennon walked several steps, then collapsed on the floor, scattering the cassette tapes of his final session that he'd been holding in his hands. Hastings triggered an alarm that summoned the police and he rushed to John's side. The anquished doorman gently removed Lennon's glasses, which seemed to be pushing in on his contorted face. He strugged out of his blue Dakota jacket and placed it over Lennon. Then he stripped off his tie to use as a tourniquet, but there was no place to put it. Blood streamed from Lennon's chest and mouth. His eyes were open but unfocused. He gurgled once, vomiting blood and fleshy material. Yoko, frantic, screamed for a doctor and an ambulance. Hastings dialed 911 and asked for help. Then he returned to Lennon's side and said, "It's okay, John, you'll be all right".
The doorman stationed outside ran in and told Hastings that the attacker had dropped his gun on the sidewalk. Hastings went after the gunman. It wasn't necessary. The pudgy young man who had shot Lennon was standing calmly on West Seventy-second Street, reading THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. Two squad cars screeched up and four cops jumped out, guns drawn. "Put up your hands!" they told Hastings, who was wild-eyed and covered with blood. "Not him", the other doorman shouted. "He works here". He pointed to the young man who had been reading. "He's the one". Two cops slammed the suspect against the Dakota's elegant stone facade. The other two policemen and Hastings ran into the building. If was then, after seeing the splintered office window and the blood in the alley, that Hastings realized John Lennon had been dying in front of their eyes. Against Yoko's wishes, police turned Lennon over to assess his wounds. They said they couldn't wait for an ambulance and gingerly hoisted him off the floor. Hastings, gripping Lennon's left arm and shoulder blade, heard shattered bones crack as they moved him out the door. Lennon's body was limp; his arms and legs akimbo. They put him into a police car for the trip to Roosevelt Hospital. Yoko climbed into a second cruiser. Hastings walked back into the building and waited in the office. Thirty minutes later, word reached the Dakota: John Winston Ono Lennon, forty-year-old husband and father, was gone....
Lennon never complained about the situation, Hastings said, although sometimes, if strange people were hanging around, the doorman stationed outside the building would tell Lennon's driver to pull the limousine past them into the driveway. On December 8th, the limo stayed outside, and Lennon walked from the curb to the Dakota's stone archway, where his killer waited in the shadows, ready to fire at point-blank range. "At least he didn't suffer", Hastings said with a shudder. "He went in the blink of an eye. I knew he wouldn't make it unless a miracle happened".... "John seemed happier now that he was making music again and going out in public more", Hastings said.... At about 4:30am, a Dakota spokesman walked outside and asked the mourners to turn down their radios because Yoko was having trouble sleeping.... It was close to dawn when Hastings passed through the office, where a janitor was mopping up the blood, and walked to the archway and through the gates now covered with hundreds of flowers.
"Man shot, One West Seventy-second" was the call on the police radio just before eleven pm. Officers Jim Moran and Bill Gamble were in the third blue-and-white that screamed to a halt outside the Dakota apartment building. The man who had been shot couldn't wait for an ambulance. They streteched him out on the back seat of their car and raced to Roosevelt Hospital, at the corner of Fifty-ninth Street and Ninth Avenue. They lifted the bloody body onto a gurney and wheeled it into the emergency room. There was nothing the doctors could do. They pronounced John Lennon dead at 11:07pm.
Howard Cosell picked up a feed from WABC-TV News in New York and announced the shooting on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. The news spread like a prairie fire. Within minutes, the small, brick-walled ambulance courtyard outside the emergency room was filled with at least 200 people who were staring dumbly at the closed double doors.... The crowd continued to grow. At about midnight, a woman with a very crisp manner marched out. The black name tag on her white lab coat said that she was...the hospital's director of public relations.... "The doctor is coming", she announced in measured tones. "He is Stephan Lynn. He is director of the emergency-room service". She had to spell his name five or six times...
Dr Lynn faced the press at about ten minutes after midnight.... The doctor, in his spotless white lab coat, was nervous. He said, "John Lennon", and then paused for at least twenty seconds. "John Lennon...was brought to the emergency room of the Roosevelt, the St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, this evening, shortly before eleven pm. He was dead on arrival". There were gasps from the press corps. "Extensive resuscitative efforts were made, but in spite of transfusions and many procedures, he could not be resuscitated.... He had multiple gunshot wounds in his chest, in his left arm and in his back. There were seven wounds in his body. I don't know exactly how many bullets there were. There was a significant injury of the major vessels inside the chest, which caused a massive amount of blood loss, which probably resulted in his death. I'm certain that he was dead at the moment the first shots hit his body....His body is still in the hospital". The press corps drifted back out to the emergency-room entrance....
"There will be no Jack Ruby here", a hard-faced cop said almost matter-of-factly as the suspect was whisked into the Twentieth Precinct, on West Eighty-second Street. The alleged assassin was completely surrounded by cops, a pale moonface bobbing in a sea of blue uniforms. He disappeared into the elevator. The precinct house was overrun by the press corps, who posted lookouts on the sidewalk, grouped around the two pay phones....
At 2:00am, Chief of Detectives James T Sullivan walked up to the podium to face the TV lights and the hundred or so members of the press...."We asked you to come come here so we could give you a briefing on what we know at this point in the homicide of John Lennon", he said, a slight edge of nervousness in his voice. "We have arrested Mark David Chapman of 55 South Kukui -- that's K-u-k-u-i -- Street, Hawaii, for the homicide of John Lennon. He is a male Caucasian, tan complexion, five feet eleven, 195 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, and he's twenty-five years of age. Born May 10th, 1955, has apparently been in New York City for about a week, was staying briefly at the YMCA -- I'm not sure which one. He was most recently staying at the Sheraton Centre. He, Mr Chapman, has been about at the Dakota for the last several days. He was able to obtain an autograph on an album from Mr Lennon as he left for the recording studio. He remained at the Dakota all evening waiting for Mr Lennon to come back.
Some time shortly before 11:00pm, John Lennon and his wife arrived back at the Dakota in a limousine outside the Dakota. There is a driveway into which they might have gone, but on this occasion did not. They got out and walked into the archway area of the Dakota... This individual, Mr Chapman, came up behind them and called to him, 'Mr Lennon! Then in combat stance, he fired. He emptied the Charter Arms, .38-caliber gun that he had with him and shot John Lennon". Sullivan...went on to recount the arrest of Chapman, who "behaved very calmly". Sullivan answered a couple of dozen questions, ranging from "Has Chapman made a full confession?" (I can't go into that") to "What did Mr Lennon say?" ("He said, 'I'm shot', as he went inside") to "Was he smoking?" which he didn't answer. Sullivan answered the last question at 2:24am. It was over now, and yet it was just beginning. The death of John Lennon, and the arrest of his murderer, were on the record. The shock had been planted and the reaction was growing.
...A vigil by fans of the ex-Beatle in front of his Manhattan apartment appeared to be ending. Hundreds of people had stood in the rain outside the Dakota apartment building across from Central Park during the night. Mark David Chapman, arrested after Lennon was shot while returning to his apartment Monday night, was sent Tuesday to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric observation.... Warning that Chapman had twice attempted suicide, and had been placed in mental hospitals both times, court-appointed lawyer requested the psychiatric examination and careful surveillance. He told reporters: "He did shoot him, yes".
Lennons wife, Yoko Ono, said there will be no funeral for her husband but said she was planning a public, silent vigil "to pray for his soul" at a date to be announced later. "John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him", she said in a statement.... The precise motive in the shooting remained unclear.... Another police source was quoted as saying that Chapman said he had "heard voices" and that the devil motivated his acts.
Lennon died of hemorrhaging and the shock of bleeding, said medical examiner Dr Elliot Gross. He had been struck by four bullets, two in the back and two in the shoulder. Three tore through his left lung and one shattered a bone in his shoulder. The shooting occurred at 10:50pm Monday as Lennon and Ono returned from a recording session.
Western leaders and Communist governments alike paid tribute to John Lennon.... "I am saddened by his death, and distressed by the senseless manner of it. It is especially poignant that John Lennon has died by violence, though he had long campaigned for peace. His work as an artist and musician was far from done", President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday. "What can anyone say? It's a great tragedy" said President-elect Ronald Reagan, who was visiting New York at the time.... Former British prime minister Sir Harold Wilson, on whose recommendation the Queen awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire medal to the Beatles, issued a statement praising Lennon. "He gave the kids something to think about, he kept them off the streets and did more than all the forces of law and order could have done put together.
Killer quit last job to 'straighten out his head'
Mark David Chapman, a devout Beatles fan, left his job in Honolulu six weeks ago and signed the log sheet "John Lennon". Then he bought a handgun... Now Chapman, a burly 25-year-old, stands accused of firing four bullets into Lennon as the former Beatle returned to his apartment in New York City on Monday night. After the shooting, Chapman calmly sat down on the cold pavement and began reading THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, police said. As Lennon was leaving the building several hours earlier, Chapman asked him to autograph a copy of Double Fantasy, Lennon's latest album. Lennon signed: "John Lennon 1980".
In September, when I was just starting my record company, everybody was talking about John and Yoko. I thought, wouldn't it be great to sign them? I'd only met John once in my life and I'd never met Yoko, but since they were not represented by anybody, I sent them a telegram, and proceeded to forget about it. An impossible dream.... I got a message that Yoko had called.... I went to Yoko's office on the first floor of the Dakota. It was filled with art nouveau. The ceiling had clouds painted on it and there was a white couch and white chair. She was dressed in black.... The next day she called. "Okay, come on over to the Dakota at eleven o'clock. I want you to meet with John and me". So I went over, excited.... And then she said, "Well, you got us, didn't you?" I was thinking, "This is gonna blow people's minds: I've got Donna Summer, Elton John and now the Lennons!".... She said "Don't you want to hear the music first?" I said, "No, I'll wait until whenever you want to play it for me". And she said, "Well, if you wanted to hear the music before you made the deal, we wouldn't have gone with you". Then John came down and said hello. I hadn't seen him since 1975. He had been in terrible shape then, working on the ROCK 'N' ROLL album with Phil Spector. I went to one of the sessions with Cher, who was doing backup vocals, and when we walked in, Phil went completely nuts. He ended up canceling the session, so John, Harry Nilsson, Cher and I went out and drove around, laughing about how crazy it was.... We talked about where our lives had been for the past five years, because, like them, I had retired from the record business in 1975. John was saying how happy he was that he had made this recod and how meaningful it was to him that Yoko was going to get the recognition this time around. He felt sure that the hostility toward her had peaked and that now people would see how good she was.... She influenced him a great deal and he influened her a great deal....
They took me to the studio and played the record for me and it was so good, you know. I told John I thought it was going to be a big hit. "I hope so", he said, "But you must remember, I haven't picked up a guitar in six years.... As I was leaving, John pulled me aside. "You know, we have to take care of Yoko", he said. You and I have what we set out to have, but Yoko never got what she deserves. And that has to be our goal with this record". I used to think that Yoko was this ambitious woman who was pushing out her music through John's success.... We wrote a very simple contract, and within three days it was done. Yoko said things like, "Boy, those other companies must be so jealous. They must wonder how you got us". She had a real sense of humor about it. I started to play Yoko's stuff for people, and contrary to what she expected, most people said, "Yes, this isn't bad. This is interesting. At least she isn't screaming". John was very anxious to have a Number One hit in England.... They had left England because people there had been so disrespectful to Yoko.... Last Monday, she called and said John wanted me to come to the studio. When I walked in, John was smiling and jumping around, dancing, and Yoko was sititng in a chair, looking very serious. John said, "Wait'll you hear Yoko's record. It's a smash!" So he put it on and it was great -- WALKING ON THIN ICE, it was called. "This is better than anything we did on DOUBLE FANTASY, he said....
He told me about the pictures Annie Leibovitz had taken. "Oh, it was really great", he said. "I got undressed and wrapped myself around Yoko". "You got undressed?" I asked? "Oh, it's gonna be great". I asked if he wanted to go see David Bowie in ELEPHANT MAN, and he said, "Oh yeah". We talked about a record they wanted to make that would be called YOKO ONLY. I said I was going to go. But I added, "Maybe we'll have dinner tomorrow". He said "Great...." and we said goodbye. I went home and turned the phone off. I was sort of hanging around the apartment and I noticed the light on the phone flashing. So I picked it up and this woman said, "I'm a friend of Yoko's. John's just been shot. They're at Roosevelt Hospital. Run right over".... Then Eddie Rosenblatt, my partner, and the president of the company, called me up and said, "John was just shot". They just interruped Monday Night Football". I said "Meet me downstairs", and we ran out and got in a cab and rushed to the hospital.... Yoko was in this little room, hysterical, and I just picked her up in my arms. She said, "Someone's shot John. Can you believe it? Someone shot him". I was in shock. Then a policeman called me outside and said, "He's dead. He died on arrival in the hospital". It was like an explosion in my mind.
After collecting royalties on his recordings for almost two decades, John Lennon left a vast fortune. London's New Standard newspaper estimated Tuesday that he was worth $275 million US.... Without ever working again, Lennon picked up more than $13.5 million a year in royalties for the songs he wrote and records he made.... THE GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS lists the Beatles as the world's best selling recording group, with 100 million LPs and 100 million singles sold.... John often reverted to a frugal personal lifestyle, his friends reported, but he could be very generous. His aunt Mimi Smith, who brought him up in Liverpool after his father had left home and his mother died in a traffic accident, lives in a $270,000 home bought by Lennon in Dorset, England....
~ end quoting Vancouver Sun/Rolling Stone ~
...her first solo recording after the murder of her husband John Lennon. The album was released less than six months after Lennon's death and deals with it directly in songs such as "Goodbye Sadness" and "I Don't Know Why". SEASON OF GLASS charted at number 49.... The front cover features Lennon's bloodstained glasses positioned next to a half-filled glass of water, with a view of Central Park in the background. A young Sean Lennon features on the track "Even When You're Far Away", recounting a story his father used to tell him. A music video was created for "Goodbye Sadness" featuring footage of John and Yoko together. The video was screened on the first episode of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'S seventh season.
Haunting Lennon image for sale
BBC, April 15, 2002
A photograph which shows Beatle John Lennon's glasses covered in blood is being auctioned off for charity. The photograph was taken by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and is one of only six prints in existence. It is expected to fetch up to 10,000-pounds when it is put up for sale at Bonhams in London on Wednesday. The photograph is of Lennon's trademark spectacles beside a glass of water on a table set against the New York skyline as seen from the couple's flat. It was taken after Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota Building in Manhattan in 1980. The composition of the photograph represents the ancient Oriental tradition of the Butsudan, or household family altar. In Buddhist homes, the Butsudan serves as a home for the souls of deceased family members who are worshipped daily. Ono arranged the photograph to create the same tribute, the glass of water representing the food and drink intended to feed the souls of the dead. The six copies of the photograph were printed in 1994, under Ono's supervision.
~ end quoting BBC ~
listen John Lennon The Final Interview, Rolling Stone, December 8, 1980
...The 2-hour audio special, which had its first airing on December 8th, 2010 commemorating the 30th anniversary of his death, centers on John Lennon's last interview, along with Yoko, recorded at the Dakota in New York City, only hours before Lennon's death on December 8, 1980. The special is mixed with music from the Lennon's solo work, the Double Fantasy album, as well as songs from The Beatles....
listen John Lennon radio interview 2 days before he was shot, BBC, December 6, 1980
watch John Lennon's last major TV interview, 1975, Tom Snyder Tomorrow Show, April 8, 1975
...was taped on April 8, 1975, and was aired on April 28, 1975.... Snyder himself, in 1980, avers somewhat tentatively that this seems to be the last television interview Lennon ever gave.... Lennon more or less dropped out of sight in 1975....
watch The Real John Lennon 2000, Documentary
John Lennon assassination staged 38 years ago
December 8, 1980-2018
How John Lennon became mesmerized by Yoko Ono
THE DAY THE LENNON MUSIC DIED
& LENNON'S DARK FATE ONO
& IMAGINE THERE'S NO YOKO
& Old World Destruction
How John Lennon became 'mesmerized' by Yoko Ono, by Caroline Howe, Daily Mail, Dec 5, 2018
...She relentlessly pursued him everywhere he went -- in person and with letters, a new book reveals. Yoko initially targeted the millionaire rock star to be her sponsor for her 'event art', claiming to have bumped into him out of sheer luck at an art gallery in London, writes author Ray Connolly in BEING JOHN LENNON: A RESTLESS LIFE. The 5'2 artist was aggressive and immune to rejection, constantly badgering the Beatle with letters and appearing at places he was. It worked, but apart from John no one else was as captivated. Lennon's aunt Mimi called Yoko a 'poisoned dwarf' and John's band mates Paul, Ringo and George did not want her sitting in on album recording sessions or label meetings... Yoko's next move was to send John a copy of her self-published book of 'instructional poems' called Grapefruit. One poem was: 'Stir inside of your brains with a penis until things are mixed up. Take a walk. Smoke everything you can, including your pubic hair'...
THE DAY THE LENNON MUSIC DIED
listen Lennon BBC interview 2 days before shot
(John feeling "inspirational -- in the spirit")
Cops picked up bloody guy/drove to hospital
(didn't know it was Beatle Lennon in backseat)
John Lennon death staged 34 years ago
December 8, 1980-2014
watch Beatles USA radio debut Dec 26, 1963
watch Beatles USA TV debut Nov 18, 1963
& JOHN WINSTON LENNON SMITH
BYE BYE AMERICAN APPLE PIE
Cops picked up bloody guy/drove to hospital (didn't know it was Beatle Lennon in backseat), NewYorkDailyNews, Dec 9, 2014
The day John Lennon died: Jimmy Breslin writes iconic tale of NYPD cops who drove the dying Beatles star to the hospital This is the column written by Jimmy Breslin on December 9, 1980, recounting the moment officers found the legendary Beatles singer wounded and transported him in the back of a patrol car to Roosevelt Hospital, all the while not knowing who he was.... Tony Palma sat in a patrol car at 82nd Street and Columbus Avenue and the call came over the radio: "Man shot, 1 West 72 Street".... Another patrol car was there ahead of them, and as Palma got out he saw the officers had a man up against the building and were handcuffing him. "Where's the guy shot?" Palma said. "In the back", one of the cops said. Palma went through the gates into the Dakota courtyard and up into the office, where a guy in a red shirt and jeans was on his face on the floor. Palma rolled the guy over. Blood was coming out of the mouth and covering the face. The chest was wet with blood. Palma took the arms and Frauenberger took the legs. They carried the guy out to the street. Somebody told them to put the body in another patrol car. Jim Moran's patrol car was waiting.... Tony Palma and Herb Frauenberger put this guy with blood all over him in the backseat. As Moran started driving away, he heard people in the street shouting, "That's John Lennon!" Moran was driving with Bill Gamble. As they went through the streets to Roosevelt Hospital, Moran looked in the backseat and said, "Are you John Lennon?" The guy in the back nodded and groaned....
Lennon's Murder: The Crime Scene (John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, at about 10:50pm as he and his wife Yoko Ono attempted to enter the Dakota building on West 72nd Street in Manhattan across from Central Park West...)
Rethinking John Lennon's Assassination, by Salvador Astucia
...It is difficult to criticize the official explanation of what happened to John Lennon because a universally accepted version does not exist. There was no trial, no testimonies, no witnesses. The police report was certainly of little value and the autopsy report is suppressed from public view....Most of the public's perception of Chapman is hocus-pocus nonsense, half-truths, media spin, and the power of suggestion. A patsy was needed to take the blame for murdering Lennon, so Chapman was set up to take the fall....
watch The Day John Lennon Died, YouTube
(2010 documentary; excerpts from 26-37-minute mark)
Yoko Ono: "....And then when we were in the car I said 'Oh shall we then go to a restaurant or something before we go home?' and he said, 'No, I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep', and I said, 'Well, he's probably asleep by now', I was thinking. But, Ok, he wanted to see Sean. But you know, even if we went to the restaurant, it doesn't mean anything, it didn't make us avoid anything harmful. And the car stopped, and we got out of the car. It was really, it was really terrible"....
Police: "I was a patrolman in a radio-car and I got a call that there was shots fired at One West 72nd Street. There was a man pointing into the vestibule and he said 'That's the man doing the shooting', and at that point we realized this was for real. So I peeked in and saw a man with his hands up. So I threw this guy up against the wall. And at that point Jose says to me, 'He shot John Lennon', and I said, "You what?". And I took a turn around to see what was happening behind me and I saw two of my fellow police officers carrying a man out, face up, with blood coming out of his mouth. At that point I looked and I recognized John Lennon".
Commentator: Two police cars, one with John in the back and the other with Yoko rush to Roosevelt hospital. Emergency Room doctor Stephen Lynn is on standby. "I actually got here before the patient. I didn't know exactly what was happening. Everybody in the emergency department was ready. Through the doors, doors just like these, two police officers came in. We didn't have locks in that period of life, but we do today. They were carrying a body over their shoulder. It was lifeless. We were ready".
ER Administrator: "It was a very busy night. There were other people who came swaggering in with varied and sundry problems. There was a waiting room full of people and there was a gentleman who had come in about an hour before Lennon was brought in who was in a motorcycle accident and it turned out that he was a cub reporter".
ABC Reporter: "The doctor comes over and she looks at me. And I'm just filthy with everything, and she says, 'I'm going to take you into Xray and see what the damage is', and I said 'Alright'. And at that moment the door behind me slams open and a man comes running in yelling, 'We got a gunshot, gunshot in the chest', and the doctor says 'When's it comming in' and he says, 'It's hitting the door right now'. So she says, 'Allen I'm sorry, I've got to take care of this', and I'm, 'No, no problem, I understand'. And I can hear footsteps again as the door opens up, and I look behind me and in comes a stretcher. "Four, five, six, I'm not sure, can't remember how many police officers are carrying a stretcher".
Dr Lynn: "We positioned the body on a stretcher in front of us. It was clear that there were three gunshot wounds in the left upper chest and one to the left arm. And it was also clear that there was no circulation, no profusion. We initially didn't know that it was John Lennon. As part of our normal routine we took his identification out of his clothing and it said, 'John Lennon'. But the nurses said, 'This doesn't look like John Lennon, it can't be". Almost immediately thereafter Yoko Ono entered the Emergency Department. We knew who we were dealing with. We had a very important person in our midst and it was our job to attempt to resucitate him".
ABC Reporter: "Two officers come out, and they're literally standing over my bed. And one says to the other, 'Can you believe it, John Lennon'. And I open my eyes and I look up and say, 'Excuse me sir, what did you say?', and he said, 'I didn't say anything' and he moves away. Well, did he say John Lennon, did he say Jack Lemmon, did he say some other name of somebody that we dont' know? And I hear crying. And again I crane around and I look behind me. And in comes walking an Asian woman in a full-length mink coat. I knew is was Yoko Ono so it had to be John Lennon.
Commentator: Allen Weis manages to get to a payphone and calls his news desk with the information that John Lennon has been shot, is in hospital, condition unknown....
ABC Reporter: "And I'm sitting on the gurney and I'm able to look into the room and watch them work on John and he's lying there on a bed and he's surrounded by medical staff and all his clothes are off and I just remember there being alot of blood".
Dr Lynn: "What we found was that all of the blood vessels that left the heart, the aorta and all of its branches had been destroyed. We tried to find a place where we could stop the bleeding. I literally held John Lennon's heart in my hand and I massaged it to try to get his heart going again. We transfused blood but it was clear, with all of the vessels destroyed, there would be absolutely nothing that we could do that evening. About 11:10 to 11:15 that evening we pronounced John Lennon dead. I think every one of us in the room that evening suddenly realized what we were doing, where we were and who we were dealing with. Alot of people began to cry. We reminded the staff to be certain not to say anything to anybody until appropriate press announcement had been made. We told the staff that they couldn't sell their uniforms that might be bloodstained. We made certain that all the linens and all the equipment in the room was secured and that the medical record was tightly secured".
ABC Reporter: "And then suddently, out of virtually every door to the emergency room, security officers came running in and it's, 'You, lay down'. And I said, 'No, I'm quite happy here'. 'Just lay down'. Cus apparently the ABC story had been reported by that point. So I lay down. They took the gurney and they took me out of the emergency room and they put me in another room right outside the emergency room".
Dr Lynn: "It was at that point that I understood I needed to walk down the hallway and speak to Yoko Ono. As I did I remembered that I was taking care of Allan Weiss, an ABC news director and he had been laying on the stretcher right outside the emergency recussitation room. But the stretcher was empty".
ABC Reporter: "The hospital plays musak. And the song that comes up on the musak is ALL MY LOVING. The song ends a minute, two minutes later. There's a shriek, 'No, no, oh no, oh no'".
Dr Lynn: "Her first response was immediate. 'It's not true, you're lying, it can't be, I don't believe you'. In my mind it literally felt like this was going on for about five minutes. She was laying on the floor. She was hitting her head against the floor. I put my hands behind her head to try to prevent damage to her. Yoko Ono was incredibly emotional for quite some time. And, in fact, it was when one of the nurses brought in John Lennon's wedding ring and gave it to me, and I gave it to her, when she accepted the fact that her husband was in fact dead. And I was touched by the first thing that she said. What she said was, 'My son Sean is still awake. He's probably sitting in front of the TV set. Please delay making the announcement twenty to twenty-five minutes so I can get home and make certain that I tell him what happened before he sees it on TV'".
ABC Reporter: "The doctor who first saw me comes in and says, 'Alright Allen, let's continue with you'. And I go, 'Hold on Doc, what's the story with John? Is he alive, is he dead, is he paralyzed? I mean I saw what looked like alot of blood'. And she says, 'I can't tell you anything. There'll be a press conference in forty minutes'. And I say, 'Let me ask you a question'. I said, 'You're one of the main doctors here, right?'. And she says, 'Yes'. And I say, 'If someone was brought in with a gunshot, it's only been fifteen or twenty minutes, if the person were alive, wouldn't you still be needed?'. She said, 'That's an accurate assumtpion'. I said, 'Ok'. So I've gotta get to a telephone...."
~ end quoting Day Lennon Died ~
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