A new three-part series, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, will focus on the 1980 killing of John Lennon and the subsequent investigation of his assassin Mark David Chapman.
Apple TV+ stated that John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial was a highly researched investigation into the tragic 1980 murder of John Lennon, which left the world in shock and sadness.
In December 1980, Lennon was killed in the archway of the Dakota, his home in New York City. Chapman, the perpetrator who fired five hollow-point bullets from a .38 special revolver, admitted to murdering Lennon. He received a prison sentence of 20 years to life.
The upcoming episodes will feature never-before-seen clips, such as first-hand testimonies and photographs from the crime scene. Additionally, the show will include interviews with Chapman’s mental health professionals, attorneys, investigators, and legal representatives, as well as perspectives from individuals who were close to Lennon.
The creators of the documentary were granted “extensive Freedom of Information Act requests” from various organizations, including the New York City Police Department, the Board of Parole, and the District Attorney’s office, during the production of the series.
Yoko Ono, the late Lennon’s wife, has not provided any statements regarding the documentary. It is uncertain if she took part in its production. The Guardian has reached out to her representatives for confirmation.
On December 8th, Chapman made a trip from Hawaii to New York with the intention of killing Lennon. Prior to the murder, he had encountered the Beatles’ frontman and requested his autograph on a copy of their latest album, Double Fantasy, by Lennon and Ono.
During his parole hearings, Chapman acknowledged that he had conflicting emotions about carrying out the murder on the day in question. In 2012, he stated, “It wasn’t completely premeditated, but most of it was. I did attempt to convince myself to walk away. I had the album, I could have taken it home, shown my wife, and everything would have been okay.” However, Chapman admitted that he felt an overwhelming urge to go through with the murder and that nothing could have stopped him from entering the building.
Chapman was denied parole for the 12th time in 2022. Ono, who was present with Lennon at a photoshoot for Rolling Stone magazine on the day of his death, is said to consistently advocate for Chapman to remain in prison. Chapman’s next parole review is scheduled for 2024.
At the moment, the documentary series does not have a set release date.