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Chapman, who grew up with an abusive father and once tried to kill himself, grew increasingly angry with Lennon. He believed the musician was a phony for preaching peace, love and "no possessions," while having millions of dollars, and he also resented Lennon's infamous "bigger than Jesus" quote about the Beatles. After planning to kill Lennon in October, 1980, Chapman finally went through with his plan two months later.
Earlier in the day, Chapman waited outside the Dakota, chatting with fellow fans and at one point even shook hands with Sean Lennon, who was only five years old at the time. Later in the afternoon, Chapman stopped John as he was on his way to a recording session and had him sign a copy of his 'Double Fantasy' album in an eerie moment captured by a photographer. When Lennon returned from the studio around 10:49 PM, he was shot four times by Chapman and was pronounced dead at 11:07.
When police arrived, they found Chapman quietly reading J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye,' a book he was obsessed with. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life for second degree murder and is currently serving his time in the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. He has been denied parole five times, most recently in August 2008.