Lennon signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman, hours before he was assassinated.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the day that shook Beatles fans around the world – the day John Lennon was assassinated. At this time last year, AM740’s Conspiracy Show host Richard Syrett spoke with two Beatles experts who offer very interesting insight into John’s life and death.
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R. Gary Patterson is a ‘Rock and Roll Investigator’ from Tennessee and the author of The Walrus Was Paul, Hellhounds on Their Trail and most recently Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends and Curses. Gary offers great insight into the early years of the Beatles:
There are a number of rumours surrounding Lennon’s behaviour in the early days of The Beatles. One such rumour being that Lennon inflicted the injury that took Stu Sutcliffe‘s life in ’62. Some say John kicked him in the head, others say McCartney. These rumours have been mostly disproven and were devastating to Lennon because he and Stu were great friends. Another rumour involved Lennon being entangled in a robbery in a pawn shop that went awry and killed the shop keeper.
FBI & CIA Connection
Richard and Gary talk about Lennon’s time in New York in the ’70s, a time when Lennon believed that J. Edgar Hoover had Lennon’s phone lines tapped and had him trailed by FBI agents. What did the FBI and Nixon fear about Lennon? When Yoko Ono and Lennon came to the U.S., Lennon was at the height of his most radical stage in politics. In ’72, it was the first time ever that 18 year olds were allowed to vote. Lennon endorsed a certain platform, criticising the war in Vietnam, and it was a threat to Nixon.
Click here to view some of the FBI files (many blacked out) on John Lennon from ’71-72.
Before Lennon died, his writing had become much less radical. He wrote about such things as watching his son grow up. In ’74, Lennon appeared on Monday Night Football and commented that he liked Ronald Reagan. When Jimmy Carter was president, the CIA became gentler. The doorman on duty on the day of Lennon’s death was CIA asset Jose Predomo, who was involved in the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Of all the people to be in charge of security at Dakota that day, it turned out to be a former CIA agent. This fact was not reported widely in the media until somebody did some digging.
John Lennon had quite a few UFO sightings. One of the first was on August 23rd, 1974, when he was at Apt. #434 E 52nd St. He got out of the shower and saw a bright light. He went out completely naked on to the balcony, May Pang also saw it. As the UFO took off, he yelled ‘Wait, take me with you!’.
“There’s UFO’s over New York, and I aint too surprised…” – Nobody Told Me, from the album Milk and Honey.
Another UFO story comes from Uri Geller – John was sleeping in the Dakota, when he saw a bright light come under the door. He opened the door and saw 4 insect-like beings. Two took him into a light, where he could see his whole life. He described it as the most peaceful experience. He went back to bed, and found a small metal object in his hand, which he later gave to Uri Geller.
After Lennon’s death, musician Carl Perkins, who the Beatles loved, recorded a song for Tug of War with McCartney. While recording, he sang ‘My Old Friend‘ for Paul – and Paul was shocked. He went to get Linda and Carl sung it for her, with tears running down Paul’s face. Linda asked, ‘how did you know?’ The last time Paul saw John, he said ‘Hey old friend, won’t you think about me now and then?’ – the same line as the chorus.
At one point during the final interview Lennon did for RKO, just hours before his death, there is the sound of a gunshot in the background. Also, in the Playboy interview, there is another sound like a gunshot (a car exhaust backfiring), at which point he says “Oh, another murder at Rue Dakota!” In the Dakota’s 99 year history at that point, there had never been a murder – Lennon’s was the first.
Joseph Niezgoda, author of the Lennon Prophecy books, believes, after listening to his music, that Lennon made a pact with the devil for fame and fortune and Mark David Chapman was sent to collect the bill. Joseph offers an interesting interpretation of the hidden messages and symbols in Beatles’ songs and albums.
When did all the dots connect for Joseph that Lennon had made a deal with the devil? His ‘a-ha’ moment occurred a few days after Lennon’s death. After he heard the name of the assassin, Mark David Chapman, he was going through the Magical Mystery Tour album and in the insert, he came across a photo of Lennon from 1967. John was coming out a ticket agency, and in the background there was a sign that read ‘The best way to go is by MDC’. This was Joseph’s first clue. MDC = Mark David Chapman. The album was released on December 8, 1967 – 13 years to the day that John was murdered.
The first issue of the Beatles’ Yesterday and Today album in 1966 featured a cover that was pulled almost immediately. The “butcher cover” featured the band in white smocks with decapitated dolls. The highest form of satanism is the dismembering of babies and according to Jim, this is the perfect depiction of that.
Jim also talked about John’s fascination with the number 9. There are some very interesting clues involving “One After 909“, “Revolution 9” (with an interesting analysis from Charles Manson of all people!) and its link with the Bible.
Jim points out an interesting clue surrounding the White Album. The first song, “Back in the USSR“, contains the lyric ‘Flew into Miami Beach‘. Fast forward to 1980, and the Monday Night Football game between Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots in Miami, when Howard Cosell announced John Lennon’s death on television. Another track on the album,”Revolution 9“, features a sound collage and as the end of the track is fading out, we hear what sounds like a football crowd, chanting ‘block that kick’. As Cosell announced Lennon’s death, the Patriots were lining up to kick a field goal – and Miami Dolphin fans were chanting ‘block that kick’… can’t be chalked up to coincidence!
It is hard to explain what these clues are all about, but they are undeniable. Chalk a few up to coincidence, but when they are all linked together, these clues cannot be ignored.
How do Beatles fans react to Jim’s beliefs about Lennon? Some are angry – it is difficult for people to look back. It is hard to not just look back to all the good things – the music and the memories. Jim’s book wasn’t written as an attack on Lennon, but as a fan coming to grips with his death and wondering: why did he die?