Listen: John John, John Lennon, Mark Mark discussed on Assassinations
"It was like a magic spell had been cast over the audience. Everyone pushed shoved stampeded to the stage. Each to see the show. John had never seen anything like it later. This kind of audience enthusiasm would be dubbed Beatle mania a little over a year later. Ringo Starr joined the Beatles in August nineteen sixty two. Finally the band we know and love today was formed armed and their career was only beginning to take off their first. Hit Song. Please please me was released in January nineteen sixty three then in May of that year their album with the same title it reached number one in the charts that November their second album was also a number one hit in February nineteen sixty four. The British sense ation travel to the distant United States to perform on an episode of the Ed Sullivan. Show the program watched by more than seventy million viewers Solidified their iconic status today are theaters been jammed with newspaper. One hundred of dog model of a nation and these veterans agreed with the city never witnessed the excitement stirred right by the junctures Liverpool. who call themselves now tonight? You'RE GONNA feisty entertained by them right now and again in the Second Half Barco Ladies and gentlemen it'd be for nearly a decade from nineteen sixty three to nineteen seventy. The Beatles dominated the charts. They released twelve albums during that period. Eleven of which were number one bestsellers their meteoric success. Just disguised is the growing tension behind the scenes. John and his bandmates were becoming disgruntled with each other. They couldn't agree on what kind of music to right and they frequently squabbled over. Who was really in charge to make matters worse on March Twentieth Twentieth? One Thousand Nine hundred sixty nine twenty eight year old. John Married a thirty six year. Old performance artist named Yoko Ono. She encouraged courage him to move from mainstream rock into more experimental genres. Only driving the rift between the bandmates deeper the band was destined the fracture. And it did in nineteen seventy. John had for a long time been talking about quitting. He'd even stopped coming to rehearsals although he still until claimed he was coming back in March. Paul Call John say he simply couldn't stay with the Beatles anymore. John replied good that that makes two of us who have accepted mentally. Although he no longer had a little help from his friends John was determined to continue his musical career. Even if that meant he had to go solo in one thousand nine hundred seventy. He released a collaborative album with his wife. John Lennon Plastic Ono band. His Followup Nineteen seventy-one imagine was a chart topper demonstrating that he still had an artistic artistic spark even without the Beatles. John and Yoko later work became more political. In addition to releasing songs like give peace a chance and imagine the pair spoke out about racial inequality and the Vietnam War of course there attempts at activism drew some criticism. John and Yoko staged Abedin in which they refuse to leave their mattress for a week in opposition to worldwide suffering the toothless Selective ISM was widely mocked and derided by nineteen seventy five. Thirty five year old. John Lennon was exhausted. He'd been in the spotlight for over a decade constantly drawing unwanted attention and criticism never able to enjoy a single moment of peace when John John and Yoko first son was born on October ninth. John realized that he just wanted to focus on being a good father so that month he publicly announced instead he was retiring to devote more time to his family but she couldn't leave his art behind for long in nineteen eighty. John and Yoko began collaborating waiting on. What would prove to be his final album? Unfortunately John's resurgent artistic impulses didn't please all his critics in in October. One Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty esquire magazine wrote a scathing profile on John. It was the same article that eventually found its way into to mark. David Chapman's hands and sealed. John's fate since he'd I resolved to murder John Lennon mark had only become more obsessive. He started to see John almost as a mirror image of himself. They'd both grown up in nontraditional households. They both married japanese-american wives and they would both soon capture media attention. There was one key way that John and mark differed mark had a destiny but he also remembered his humble beginnings he wanted to live like the catcher in the rise protagonist Holden caulfield. He'd be authentic an every man but he couldn't do that so long as the evidence of John's wealth and hypocrisy filled every newsstand. NTV report if mark ever wanted a normal life. John had to die twenty a five year. Old Mark bought a gun on October. Twenty seventh nineteen eighty. He explained to the dealer that he was looking for. Something for self defense and ask for advice. About which model was the deadliest he bought the recommended Smith and Wesson snub nosed revolver but no ammunition and he was concerned about his ability to bring bullets on a plane and figured he could buy some once. He arrived in New York City on October thirtieth breath. This proved more difficult than marquette originally assumed. New York's strict gun regulations prevented nonresidents from purchasing ammunition instead. Dead Mark had to take another trip this time to Georgia where his friend police officer. Dana Reeve's lived once again mark mark claim that he needed a weapon for Self Defense Dana convinced gave him several Hollow Point Smith and Wesson plus p the cartridges. Now armed and deadly mark returned to New York City for the second time a few days later he felt as though he he was fated to be there his favorite novel the Catcher in the Rye took place in the city. He even got a room at the Waldorf Astoria. The same hotel. Tell that the novel's protagonist pulled Caulfield stays in. But once more he wasn't able to move forward with the assassination plot this this time it was his own self doubt that got in the way one dark night. He sat awake in his hotel room wondering if he really really had it in him to shoot a man in cold blood maybe he was mistaken to believe that this was his destiny. Maybe he should just go home on Tuesday November eleventh mark called his wife to ask for advice as soon as she picked up the phone he he blurted out everything he said. Gloria listen I'm afraid to tell you this but I've got to. I've got to say it now. Now John Lennon I bought a gun. I was going to kill him. But your love has saved me. Gloria was astonished gnashed. She'd noticed marks unstable behavior before but she'd never imagined that he could be violent terrified of what he might do she. She begged mark to abandon his murderous plot and come home. Surprisingly her please worked two hours after their phone conversation mark arrived at the airport and called his wife again. He told her he was about to board a plane back to Honolulu when mark got home on November Twelfth Nineteen Eighty. Gloria hoped that all of his violent fantasies and murderous impulses were behind him. After after all he'd left New York with so little prodding surely he was on the path to recovery. Now whether she was in denial or just genuinely a hopeful that her husband had changed. Gloria didn't bother to report his murderous plot to the police nor did she encourage him to seek psychological go help. She didn't even take away his gun or bullets but it was unrealistic to think that mark would get better just after one conversation and for the next few weeks. Every time he signed in at work he did so not under his own name but as John Lennon this may have been a sign of his ongoing obsession or worrying. Evidence that his identity and John's were further blurring in his mind he he couldn't let go of that nagging sensation he was meant for great things he was destined to kill the Rockstar on December. Six nine thousand nine hundred eighty mark boarded a flight to New York for the third time. He didn't tell Gloria of his plans. He didn't want her to try to stop them again. The plane landed early the next morning. This time he didn't check into the Waldorf Astoria he was running low on funds and and while he liked the symbolism he couldn't afford to stay at the expensive hotel instead he slept at the much more affordable. Ymca for a day. Way before relocating to the Sheraton Hotel on his first day in New York mark took a taxi cab to the Dakota a famous elite apartment complex where it was rumored that John Lennon lived once he arrived. Mark approached the Doorman and asked if John Lennon was staying there. The Guard answered sure that he wasn't sure even if John was a resident."