John Lennon Assassination
January 28, 2014
New York City, New York, USA
Journalist Bob Wilson Agrees to Consult on Movie Project
Bob Wilson has reached an agreement with Gary Revel to act as ‘Consulting Historian’ for a developing motion picture project about the assassination of John Lennon. The story is based on the investigation into the ‘Dream Killer’ aspect of the murder that broke the hearts of millions of Beatle/John Lennon fans around the world. The screenplay is being written by Gary and Frank Burmaster. As soon as it was announced producers started calling hoping to become attached to the project. They most recently wrote ‘Red Polka Dot Dress’ together, about the assassination of Senator/Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy. That script is optioned by New Daydream Films/Richard Clark Jr.
On December 8, 1980 Mark David Chapman shot 5 bullets at John Lennon outside The Dakota apartment building in New York City. Four of those bullets found their target and John Lennon died soon. Chapman said the answer to why he did it could be found in J. D. Salinger’s novel ‘The Catcher in the Rye’.
Chapman had ruled over ‘Little People’ that lived in walls and said he had told them about his plan to kill Lennon. They refused to be led by him from then until after the killing. At first he had said he killed Lennon to become famous however his motive has moved about over the years. He is still in prison today serving his sentence due to the guilty plea. Some wonder why he wasn’t found mentally unfit to plead guilty. He said he heard a voice on that day saying, ‘Do it, do it.’
Reporter Maureen Cleave of the London Daily Standard wrote that Lennon had said, “We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity”. The Beatles were already rankling the feathers of traditional values and fundamental Christians were horrified at this statement.
Later Lennon would apologize,and say he did not mean to mock religion. Apparently he was trying to explain that the Beatles received more attention than Christianity. Regardless this had set off a firestorm, especially through the South in the United States. Conservative Bible-belt Christians were outraged, and went to extremes where Beatle records were burned in bonfres.
The team is considering the possibility that Mark Chapman may have personally taken offense to this comment. There is no certainty of this as yet but it is a matter of interest.
There is little evidence that Chapman had any serious interest in or was any kind of fan of the Beatles. He had only owned one Beatles record, and there is no one from Chapman’s church community that can recount any offense he had taken by Lennon’s comments. His interest in Lennon came after the Beatles had broken up.
“We’re not trying to solve the crime, just look at it in the light of new information from results of the investigation and Bob Wilson’s insight into the entire matter”. Gary said.
Bob has a unique relationship to the killing because his dad was an officer in the NYPD on that infamous day in 1980. He remembers his dad saying that some of the officers who had questioned Chapman said he appeared as if he had been programmed.
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