In his biography on Lennon, entitled "John Lennon: Life, Times, and Assassination," author Phil Strongman claims that Chapman was a stooge and that Lennon’s real assassin was the CIA — at the behest of conservative fanatics in the American political establishment. Strongman arrives at this controversial conclusion by debunking many of the so-called ‘facts’ about the case, including the basic assumption that Chapman was even a Beatles or Lennon fan.
such conspiracy theories regarding Lennon's death. In 1990, the late British lawyer and writer, Fenton Bresler, made the assertion that Mark Chapman was no "lone nut," but rather that he was programmed by the CIA, through drugs and hypnosis, to carry out the murder. This "Manchurian Candidate" hypothesis, although quite imaginable, is backed my minimal factual findings, rather it relies on circumstantial evidence and loose connections. Specifically cited in both books is the fact that the N.Y.C. police lieutenant who interrogated Chapman the night of the slaying in 1980 is quoted as saying: "He looked as if he could have been programmed."
In 2003, Phil Strongman also co-wrote the book, "John Lennon and the FBI Files," which explores the story of the U.S. government’s secret war on the Lennons based on released documents from the FBI’s own archives. Another book, published in 2000, called "Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files," also discusses the surveillance of the former Beatle, and why he was believed to be a threat to U.S. national security. Beginning in 2004, the off-Broadway Play, entitled "Ears on a Beatle," follows two FBI agents in their decade long surveillance of John Lennon that ended on that fateful December day in 1980. The play also points out that the FBI knew of Chapman well before the assassination.
Is it really possible that Chapman was a patsy set up for the hit by the CIA’s MK-Ultra program? Who knows what to believe? Maybe John Lennon was so influential that he was feared and wanted dead by conservative elitists with an agenda that Lennon could have jeopardized. Lennon would have been eligible to gain his U.S. citizenship a few months after his death , and maybe the factions within the government wanted to eliminate the possibility that Lennon would have joined the opposition to their murderous counterrevolutionary wars in Central America (especially El Salvador and Nicaragua), which were just getting underway as Ronald Reagan’s transition team was about to take power in December 1980.
assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan occurred. The would be assassin, John Hinckley Jr., was allegedly motivated by an obsession with Jodie Foster and the film, Taxi Driver. It turns out that both Hinckley and Chapman may have had connections to World Vision, an international evangelical relief and development organization, which has been accused of working as a CIA front. Hinckley's father allegedly worked at World Vision, which also employed Mark David Chapman at some point. Hinckley also had alleged connections with George Bush, Sr., the former head of the CIA.
Regardless of who killed John Lennon and why, I often wonder what a 70 year old Lennon would say about the world we live in today. He probably would look for the beauty and point out the positive, but all in all, would be very disappointed by the developments of the last 30 plus years, especially the unwillingness of Americans to stand up and protest against injustice perpetrated by their government, particularly the complacency of the American youth. Fortunately, in this past year, with the rise of Occupy Wall Street, that all seems to be changing as an awakening is sweeping over the country and its people.