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New York, Dec 9 1980

This was written by Mark Chiddicks of Auckland, NZ. Posted with permission. All comments will be passed on.

New York, Dec 9th 1980

Police say that a man arrested outside the Dakota Building near Central Park was carrying a firearm and had intended to shoot rock star John Lennon, a resident of the building. The circumstances of the arrest of Mark Chapman, a 25 year old resident of Hawaii, are still unclear.

According to eye-witnesses, at about 10.15 last night Chapman, who had been waiting outside the Dakota for a couple of days, was approached by an unknown man, described as being in his late 30s with a distinctive spiky hairstyle and long tan coat. This man then engaged Chapman in conversation. It appears that although he knew Chapman’s name, Chapman did not know him. Although details of the conversation are unknown, the stranger is described as having a British accent, and looking severely unwell. He appeared to be pleading with Chapman.

At 10.25pm, Lennon arrived in a taxi from a studio session, and got out with his wife Yoko Ono. As he walked towards the entrance, Chapman stepped forward, and the stranger was heard to clearly say “Don’t do it, Mark!” Lennon stopped and turned, just in time to see Chapman start to draw his revolver.

At this point it appears that the stranger tackled Chapman to the ground, making him drop his weapon. Lennon shouted "He’s got a gun!" and with the help of a doorman and the taxi driver managed to subdue Chapman until the police arrived.

Lennon told reporters that this stranger had saved his life. “I have no idea who he was, but he looked really ill. I told him he needed to see a doctor, and he just smiled and told me he WAS a doctor. He didn’t give his name, but he turned to me and said “I’ve wanted to do that for years. I know it's against the rules, but after what I’ve just been through, I say, bugger the rules."

"Then, just before he left, he said something really strange. “John” he said, “I just have one thing to ask you. If Paul ever comes to you with a suggestion about something called ‘Live Aid’, say yes, just for me. I promise I’ll be there – whoever I am.”



Feb. 24th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Actually, when you stop to think of it, it's the simplicity of this idea that makes it so wonderfully brilliant. The Doctor would save John Lennon. Of course he would. That's why we love him. ;-)