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

by Jack Jones


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

About the Author

Jack Jones, recipient of numerous journalist awards, conducted the first prison interviews with David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam.

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 … I was out for the evening and returned at approximately 10:45 (2245). I heard the shots—don’t remember how many. I ran down the stairs and found Joseph (Hastings) and Yoko. Hastings had Lennon in the back office. Yoko said “Please, someone get a doctor.” I called our office and told the person there to get an ambulance here as quickly as possible. I never saw the person that shot him. After shots, maybe 15 to 20 seconds and I was at the office.…
—Detective R. Hoffman
On 12/8/80, while at the scene of occurrence, I interviewed one Maury Solomon.… Mr. Solomon was about to go to bed when he heard five shots being fired in rapid succession. He brought it to the attention of his mother and informed her he was going downstairs to investigate. After running down the stairs he entered the front office and as he entered he heard Jose the doorman shout something.… Then he exited the office and as he was coming out he noticed for the first time that there were holes in the glass on the door. He began to go out to the street and as he did he observed a male white on the west side of the enclosed entrance. The man appeared to have a smile on his face and was just turning around.…
—Detective William Lundon
1. On 12/8/80 at about 2330 hours I interviewed the above named subject at the Dakota, One West 72nd St. Statement as follows:
I pulled up in a taxicab to visit my friend in the Dakota at about 11 P.M. I saw a gray limo double parked in front. I recognized John Lennon and Yoko getting out of the limo (I’ve seen them several times before during other visits) and went into the building. I was paying the cab fare when I heard four gunshots coming from the courtyard. I ran to the gate and saw Jose, the doorman, and another man inside. I also saw a gun on the ground which Jose kicked to the rear of the courtyard. I then ran across the street to the Majestic to have someone call the police. When I returned the police had arrived and had the suspect in custody.
—Detective E. Regan
On 12/9/80 at about 0020 hours I interviewed at the 20th Police Detective Unit office one Richard Peterson … employed as a taxi driver for Valeria Cab Corp. He stated that on the day of the occurrence he had picked up two passengers in Soho and that they were going to the Dakota. As he reached 72nd Street and Central Park West he was behind John Lennon’s limo. As the limo stopped in front of the Dakota he pulled up behind it. At this time the passengers in his taxi stated, “There is John Lennon and Yoko.” Yoko was in front and John Lennon behind her. The doorman and perpetrator were standing at the entrance to the Dakota. The perpetrator was wearing a black, three-quarter-length coat and a black fur hat. At this time he pointed the gun at Lennon. The perpetrator stood in a three-point stance and fired the gun three or four times. He then threw the gun to the ground and walked around. He takes off his coat and hat and puts a red book in his hand.
—Detective Allen Militz
I saw the perpetrator hanging out in front of the building for the past two or three days. When I arrived at work at 3:30 P.M., I saw him standing in front of the building talking to a female named Jerri (F/W/22,4′8″, 160 lbs., blond hair, lives in Brooklyn). At 9:30 P.M. to 10 P.M., I saw him still outside the building. I said, “Why are you still hanging around here, you already got his autograph?” I went downstairs and stayed there until I relieved the clerk in the office, so he could use the men’s room. This was about 10:45 P.M. He came back about five minutes later and I went downstairs again. I was downstairs approximately 5 to 10 minutes when I heard three shots. I got my coat and went upstairs with Victor Cruz and Joe Grezik, who are employees. I saw Jose who was motioning toward the gun and saying “Get this out of here.” I picked up the gun and brought it downstairs. I hid the gun in the bottom draw of an armoire, which was in the storage closet. Approximately five minutes later I took the police officers down to the storage room and opened the draw where I put the gun. I lifted up a few pictures I put on top of the gun and Officer Blake removed it.
—Officer R. Clark
[At 5:45 P.M. on December 18, ten days after Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon, New York City Police investigators interviewed Yoko Ono. The following account of the interview is reprinted verbatim from the handwritten notes of police:]
“We had a radio program which had to do it was about 4:30 to 5 P.M. We went by limousine to Record Plant—asked for ride by people who had limo. John was signing autographs. He got in. Went to Record Plant. Stayed until about 10:30. We wanted to go to restaurant but did not. We came back. We normally go into the gate but did not. Got out walked past gate. John was walking past the door, he was walking faster. I heard shots. I heard shots. He walked to door upstairs. Said “I’m shot.” I followed him. He was standing but staggering. I told him to lay down. Sometimes he was ahead sometimes I was. I saw a male by the watchman’s box. It was dark and night. He nodded at me—dark grayish clothing. Male/White. He was not small.…”
—Detective Peter Mangicavallo

Table of Contents

Part IThe Catcher Gone Awry
Chapter 1I Heard Shots3
Chapter 2Portrait of a Crazy Man6
Chapter 3The Catcher Gone Awry19
Chapter 4Did You See Him?24
Chapter 5Is That All You Want?33
Chapter 6But Where Would I Go?42
Part IIAftermath
Chapter 7Do You Know Who You Are?53
Chapter 8After the Fall65
Chapter 9Mark's Case74
Part IIIThe Little People
Chapter 10God Saw That87
Chapter 11The Little People97
Chapter 12Take Me Where the Freaks Are102
Chapter 13Toby Tyler on Drugs110
Chapter 14God and Todd115
Chapter 15Captain Nemo123
Part IVHolden in Hawall
Chapter 16Holden in Hawaii135
Chapter 17The Caretakers148
Chapter 18The Other Side of the Rainbow153
Chapter 19With Looking Glass Eyes169
Chapter 20The Last Board Meeting182
Chapter 21Anyone Could Shoot Anyone188
Chapter 22People Aren't Born Like This203
Part VHolden in Hell
Chapter 23You Say You Want a Revelation211
Chapter 24A Wicked Scene220
Chapter 25Fan Mail229
Chapter 26All the Lonely People242
Chapter 27December 8254
Epilogue: Nothing Is Real259
The Prisoner's Letter263

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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. 2 reviews.
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