John Lennon's murder explained

Two Spirits Dancing

The amazing parallels, coincidences and strange synchronicities in the murder of  John Lennon.

John Lennon and Mark Chapman: two spirits dancing so strange


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John Lennon  1940 - 1980

Two Spirits Dancing

  • On this website, I give a very brief outline of the importance of parallels and coincidences and synchronicities in this murder...

  • I explain why Mark Chapman murdered John Lennon...

  • why Chapman signed off from his job as "John Lennon"....

  • how Chapman felt a part of himself was threatened by John Lennon....

  • how Chapman was acutely aware of strange coincidences all around him....

  • how Chapman believed John Lennon was a phoney....


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The psychological background...

Chapman suffered delusions from his childhood. In his early teens, he heard voices that he attributed to "Little People" who lived in the walls of his bedroom. Later in life, his disturbed mental state led him to attempt suicide on at least 2 occasions, and by early 1980, he was receiving psychiatric counselling for severe depression and was battling against paranoid schizophrenia.

As is typical with paranoid schizophrenics, Chapman became convinced that he was able to perceive special messages that are hidden from the rest of us.

Every thing around him could take on a special significance; every word of every song was speaking to him; images on television were aimed at him; the text of a book had been written especially for him. That was his state of mind in 1980.

And to the paranoid schizophrenic, these signals must be responded to - they cannot be ignored, even though the rest of the world chooses to do so.

Such individuals sometimes see themselves as a champion, even as a Saviour, someone who has been given a special signal and a special mission.

Mark Chapman saw signs and signals and synchronicities at every turn - he heard the signs in the lyrics he listened to, saw signals in the album covers, and on television, and in the books he read.

But why was John Lennon his victim?

Why at that particular time?

What triggered off the chain of events that ended with Lennon's murder?

To answer these questions, we must look at the books, the words, the lyrics, the music and the pictures that inspired and guided Mark Chapman. These provide the real clues to the murder, because Chapman regarded them as special signs or signals beamed directly to him.


Significant albums:

Chapman was a keen rock fan, especially of Todd Rundgren, and he would listen to the albums non-stop and learn all the lyrics off by heart. He would also study the album covers for clues. The 1963 "With The Beatles" cover, one of the first albums Chapman bought, was mirrored by Todd's "Deface The Music" released just a few days before the murder. To Chapman, the signal was clear - de-face the music of the Beatles, or de-face one of the Beatles.

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Chapman recognised that Lennon was sending him signals: the chiming bell of "Just Like Starting Over" on the 1980 "Double Fantasy" album, was a backward echo of the sombre funeral bell on the "Mother" track on the 1970 "Plastic Ono Band" album. For Lennon, the use of these two bells completed a ten year cycle; for Chapman it was a signal, a call to action.

Chapman was also fully aware of the ironic title "Double Fantasy" - he was Lennon's double and the two of them were caught in a nightmare fantasy.

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Significant lyrics:

There are a  number of significant lyrics in this case: Chapman interpreted lyrics as if they had been written especially for him. Central to my ideas is Lennon's #9Dream from his "Wall & Bridges" album. From its inception, it was a special song for Lennon - I believe the strange and haunting lyrics of #9Dream are in fact John's premonition of his own death...

          #9 Dream
So long ago
Was it in a dream, was it just a dream?
I know, yes I know
Seemed so very real, it seemed so real to me

Took a walk down the street
Thru the heat whispered trees
I thought I could hear (hear, hear, hear)
Somebody call out my name, as it started to rain

Two spirits dancing so strange

Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé

Dream, dream away
Magic in the air, was magic in the air?
I believe, yes I believe
More I cannot say, what more can I say?

On a river of sound
Thru the mirror go round, round
I thought I could feel (feel, feel, feel)
Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold
The spirit dance was unfolding

Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé

Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé
Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé

Lennon sings, "Was it in a dream? Was it just a dream?" because "It seemed so very real, it seemed so real to me.."  too real to be simply a dream.

He sings of the "two spirits dancing so strange", two personalities who are drawn together. Then, a figure steps out in front of him and he hears "somebody call out my name (John, John, John....)"

It is a dream, but so real, and everything is coming together, and there is "magic in the air", because this has been foreseen.

And then the shots are fired and there is "a river of sound," and "music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold," as the 5 bullets find their target.

Then, as Lennon slips "through the mirror go round, round" towards the other side, and death, he is aware that for him, "the spirit dance was unfolding...."

Lennon himself gave special significance to this song because it came to him almost complete, in the middle of the night - it came out of nowhere, like a message.

In the very title he uses the number 9, his special, mystical and magical number.


Significant works of art:

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Chapman started collecting works of art, and spent borrowed money to acquire them. Of greatest significance was Dali's "The Metamorphosis of Narcissus" with its mirror imagery of reflections, its idea of the growth of a parallel identity. Based on the myth of Echo and Narcissus, who falls in love with his own image, the painting perfectly expressed Chapman's disturbed state of mind and personality problems.

Chapman's other favourite work of art was Norman Rockwell's "Triple Self-Portrait", which shows the idea of a split personality.


The importance of television:

Both Lennon and Chapman watched television almost non-stop. Chapman regarded it as a kind of receiver or mirror in his living room. It was beaming signals directly at him 24 hours a day, and he had learned to wait patiently and decipher the signals.

Todd Rundgren had played with ideas of "television" in most of his album designs, using the 625 horizontal lines on "The Hermit of Mink Hollow" and test cards on "Adventures In Utopia". Chapman had interpreted these signals as a series of messages for him to fine tune and wait for the key signal, that would come via the tv screen.

When it came, the signal that scrolled across the screen was "Thou Shalt Not Kill", which led Chapman back to a close reading of sections of the Bible.

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Salvador Dali had also experimented with television, or "Dalivision", by using blocks of light and shade and colour to show our limited perception. To Chapman, this suggested we see things dimly at best, unless we sharpen our senses and fine tune our reception of the signals all around us.

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Significant books:

The main influence was of course J D Salinger's "The Catcher In The Rye" which Chapman read and re-read during 1979 and 1980, until he came to believe the book had been written to express his life: he identified so strongly with fictional character of the book, he told his wife he wanted to change his name to Holden Caulfield.

Holden mirrored Chapman and Chapman mirrored Holden.

After the murder, Chapman sat down on the pavement, took out his copy of "The Catcher In The Rye" and calmly began to read.


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