John Lennon was murdered just before 11 p.m. on December 8, 1980 outside the Dakota, an apartment building where he lived in New York city. He had just got out of a car and was walking to the entrance when a voice called, “Mr. Lennon”. Lennon turned and was shot five times. The killer threw his gun down and stood there smiling. “Do you know what you just did?” shouted the doorman. “I just shot John Lennon”, the killer replied. Lennon was rushed to the hospital in a police car, but it was too late.
The killer was 25 year – old Mark Chapman from Hawaii. Earlier the same evening he had asked Lennon for his autograph, in fact, he had been hanging around outside the apartment building for several days. Chapman was a fan of Lennon and had tried to imitate him in many ways. It is said that he even believed that he was John Lennon.