Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman, the Man Who Killed John Lennon

Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman, the Man Who Killed John Lennon

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by Jack Jones
     
 

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Offers a chilling, tragic, and frightening portrait of the enigmatic young man who murdered John Lennon in December 1980 and answers many lingering questions about Chapman's motives and the killing itself.


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Offers a chilling, tragic, and frightening portrait of the enigmatic young man who murdered John Lennon in December 1980 and answers many lingering questions about Chapman's motives and the killing itself.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the title's tasteless allusion to the Lennon song ``Strawberry Fields Forever'' to the excusing treatment of a psychopath, this sensationalistic biography proves repugnant. Jones, noted for being the first reporter to interview ``Son of Sam'' killer David Berkowitz, describes the personality of Mark David Chapman before and after he shot and killed former Beatle John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980, in New York City. We learn of Chapman's fascination with The Catcher in the Rye protagonist Holden Caulfield; we hear the voices of the evil ``child'' and rational ``adult'' arguing within Chapman as he stalked Lennon; we read of Chapman's ``possession by demons'' after his imprisonment. Jones's introduction claims ``Chapman asked the author to undertake the telling of his story in the hope that it might prevent future tragedy.'' Shamefully, however, this book serves only the ignoble purpose of promoting a criminal's narcissism. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In 1980, Chapman gunned down ex-Beatle John Lennon in New York City and pled guilty to second-degree murder; he is now an inmate at Attica prison. This account of his life and the obsessive forces that culminated in the death of his former idol is based largely on Chapman's recollections. Jones's book would have been strengthened by a critical analysis of Chapman's pathology (he is variously described as psychopathic, schizophrenic, and narcissistic) but nonetheless it is engrossing reading and far superior to Fenton Breslar's Who Killed John Lennon? ( LJ 8/89). A good addition to the literature about violence directed against celebrities, this book will appeal to students of abnormal psychology and true crime fans. Recommended where interest warrants.-- Gregor Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Ilene Cooper
It's always comforting to think that our young assassins--Hinkley, Chapman, et al.--are just crazed loners, hardly worthy of consideration after they're behind bars. That's what makes Jones' in-depth examination of Mark David Chapman, killer of John Lennon, so disquieting. Actually, the book is really Chapman's clear-eyed dissection of himself, since much of the text is made up of Chapman's own words. They prove him to be an intelligent, even thoughtful young man whose compulsions overpowered him but didn't take away his ability to reflect on what he did. Jones had amazing access to Chapman (200 hours of interviews in Attica), and he combines the fruits of those labors with diaries, medical records, and police reports to develop the most complete record of Chapman available, including insightful analysis of how his fascination with Lennon and his obsession with "The Catcher in the Rye" both helped to produce a killer. There is also much about Lennon here, including interviews (conducted with the consent of Yoko Ono) with some of the singer's closest associates. As have other commentators, Jones notes the similarities between Chapman and Lennon, both products of troubled childhoods, resentful of absentee or abusive parents, desperate for recognition. And, finally, there is the strange image of Chapman in prison, keeping busy reading the thousands of letters he receives, some of which are actually fan mail. "I can understand the hate mail," he says. "I can understand some of the letters from people who are sincere and just want to know why I murdered John Lennon. But the hero worship and autograph collectors, they're really pathetic."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307779960
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/23/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
258,615
File size:
4 MB

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