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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812991703
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1992
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
497,928
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Let Me Take You Down: Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman, the Man Who Killed John Lennon 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trashy attempt to legitimize a psychotic, sub-human murderer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
December 8 is a horrible day for me. I wear black and only listn to john lennon songs and the songs In My Life and I'm Only Sleeping. I hope that he is only sleeping and not gone. I know it's to late but it was horrible. Rest in peace john and i will give peace more than a chance.
Alex Solano More than 1 year ago
Hi