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John Lennon's Bloody Glasses

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Where:
New York City
When:
1980
Summary:
John Lennon's glasses, splattered with blood, after he was assassinated by Mark David Chapman in 1980

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John Lennon's Bloody Glasses



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New York City

  When:
1980

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At one point in time, there was no musical act that was more popular than The Beatles, and their popularity is still felt in music today. With more albums sold than any other musical act, The Beatles revolutionized music even if their history as a band was brief. Out of the four members of the group, John Lennon was perhaps the most influential.

Lennon wrote many of the songs that made The Beatles a huge success, but he left the group in September 1969, followed by the full breakup of the group a few months later. Lennon would go on to start a solo career, and often played with his wife, Yoko Ono. Some of his hits in the 1970s after his time in The Beatles included “Imagine”, “Instant Karma” and “Jealous Guy”.

Lennon had taken a brief hiatus from music and then returned in the latter half of the 1970s, and his career was expected to keep going for many more years. Unfortunately, the 1980s started with tragedy as John Lennon didn’t make it through the first year.

It was on the night of December 8, 1980 that Lennon was with Yoko Ono outside of their Manhattan apartment when they encountered someone named Mark David Chapman. Chapman, from nearly point blank range, fired multiple shots at Lennon, hitting him in the back with four bullets.

Police were quick to get Lennon to the hospital, but he was sadly pronounced dead just 10 minutes after encountering Chapman. What made the whole encounter even stranger is that Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman on the same evening as the shooting. The news started making the rounds across the world quickly, and people were devastated to learn that the first passing for a Beatles member came at just 40 years old.

As a result of the shooting, Chapman was sentenced to at least 20 years for second degree murder, with the likelihood of a life sentence. Chapman has been denied parole several times, and is still in prison to this day at more than 60 years old. Since the shooting, the only other member of The Beatles that has passed is George Harrison, who died from lung cancer.

The photo that we see here is a sad reminder of that night in 1980. The bloody glasses are the ones that John Lennon was wearing when he was gunned down, sitting in Yoko Ono’s home. She would use the image next to a glass of water for her 1981 album “Season of Glass”. Then, in 2013, the photo of the glasses alone became part of an anti-gun violence campaign on social media.

In the social media post, Ono noted that more than 1 million people in the United States had been killed by guns since Lennon was murdered, and that more than 30,000 people per year are dying from gun violence. In the final tweet, she shared that “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him.”

Just a few years before that campaign, Ono had created an art exhibit that included some of the belongings of her late husband, including a paper bag that was stained with blood when Lennon’s clothes were returned to her. Ono said that “It was hard to include and I thought I might be criticised.”

The motivation for Chapman’s murder was one that people were instantly curious about. Who would want to kill one of The Beatles, especially if they were a fan? There were even a reported three fans that were so distraught that they took their own lives. It turned out that Chapman himself was a big fan of Lennon and The Beatles, but had religious motivations after he became a Christian.

At one point, Lennon had said that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” and Chapman began to think of Lennon as a blasphemer. He started to feel angry at Lennon for the lyrics in his songs, and started making a list of celebrities that he thought of as being blasphemous or were spreading a message that he didn’t agree with. This list included the likes of David Bowie, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.

After years of planning, Chapman had become obsessed with finding Lennon in public, and even had a confrontation with singer James Taylor. When Chapman executed his plan, he started to read the book “Catcher in the Rye” after shooting before the police arrived. In a statement to the police, Chapman said that “I’m sure the big part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the devil.”

Chapman’s mental health was evaluated while the world mourned one of the most popular musicians to ever come around. No matter where people stood on gun control across the United States, one thing was for sure, and it’s that the news of Lennon’s death was hard to digest. Seeing the photos of the blood stained glasses really just hammered home what happened that night.

In recent years, former Beatle Paul McCartney has been more open about the time he spent with John Lennon, while other surviving member Ringo Starr has done the same. McCartney once said that “I would not have been as typically human and standoffish as I was if I knew John was going to die. I would have made more of an effort to try and get behind his ‘mask’ and have a better relationship with him.”

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