On Dec. 8th, 1980, Mark David Chapman deadly shot John Lennon. At a 2010 hearing, Chapman recalled that he had considered shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead, and said that he chose Lennon because the ex-Beatle was more accessible, that his century-old apartment building by Central Park “wasn’t quite as cloistered.”

The wrong man in the wrong place. The good man with the wrong fame. Lennon took his guitar and he’s singing to the angels now.

What the other three Beatles did on that day

When hearing the news, Ringo Starr flew to New York to see Yoko. George Harrison, “shattered and stunned,” went into retreat at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Paul McCartney, whom Lennon plainly loved and just as plainly hated like the brother he never had, said, “I can’t tell you how much it hurts to lose him. His death is a bitter, cruel blow—I really loved the guy.” Having no wish to contribute to the hysteria that always follows the grief at such public mournings. McCartney, who has hired two bodyguards to protect himself and his family, said he would stay home in Sussex, England, even if there was a funeral. There was not. Lennon’s body was cremated in a suburban New York cemetery, and Ono issued a statement inviting everyone “to participate from wherever you are” in a ten-minute silent vigil on Sunday afternoon.

20/20 - Death of John Lennon. 12/8/1980 - Live report by ABC News correspondent, Geraldo Rivera, in front of John Lennon's home at The Dakota in New York City and from Central Park .(Photo by Joe McNally/ABC via Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe McNally/ABC via Getty Images)

Source: Time & ABCNews

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