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When Lennon passed by him, Chapman called out, “Mr. Lennon?”. As Lennon turned around Chapman pulled out a gun and fired five times. One bullet missed but the other four hit the back and the left shoulder of the singer who died of his injuries in the hospital. A legend said goodbye.

After Lennon collapsed, assassin Mark David Chapman remained at the site. He took out his favorite novel “The Catcher in the Rye” and began to read it. When the police arrived, Chapman, sitting calmly on the pavement, showed no resistance.

On December 8, 1980, clutching the musician’s latest record in his hand Chapman was peacefully waiting in front of the building called the Dakota in New York where Lennon lived. In the afternoon Lennon and his partner Yoko Ono appeared at the entrance of the building so as to leave for the nearby studio. Shocked by the sight of the superstar, Chapman was pushed toward Lennon by an amateur photographer standing by the almost paralyzed young man. Lennon willingly autographed the cover of his new album for Chapman. The artist couple returned home late in the evening. After lingering long hours outside the Dakota, Chapman had become determined to not give Lennon a second chance; he shot Lennon in cold blood.

Although repeatedly requested for conditional release, Mark Chapman is still serving his life sentence. He was denied parole for the fifth time this year in August.

Unexplainable murders are often surrounded by mystery, as was Lennon’s. According to one of the most bizarre theses, Chapman was a programmed killer. With strong tendency to commit suicide, and his mentally unstable character, Chapman was a perfect person for the CIA. Others say that Lennon’s murder can be linked to the CIA funded mind-alerting experiments, launched in the 1950s, that generated a series of political murders in the United States.

Possessing an extremely charismatic personality, Lennon, who often demonstrated against racism, war and oppression, could touch and mobilize tens of thousands of people. In an interview, Lennon’s younger son Sean explained that his father had posed a threat to the administration. However, following this logic a host of other pop and rock stars could have been a danger to the government, from Bob Dylan to the famous punk band, the Dead Kennedys.

The whole truth about the death of John Lennon may never be revealed, but the fact is that his oeuvre still affects people. A survey, carried out in the UK in 2002, showed that John Lennon ranked eighth among the 100 most significant British people.
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Human remains revealed in the basement of Benjamin Franklin’s house

Human bones belonging to at least 15 subjects were found in the basement of Benjamin Franklin’s house in London during a renovation.

The eminent scientist and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin left his London home located in the heart of the city at 36 Craven Street in the mid-1770s and returned to America. The renovation of Franklin’s residence began in 1998 to transform the place into a museum. According to the Benjamin Franklin House, there were 1,200 pieces of bone discovered in a pit that belonged to more than a dozen people, out of which six were children. Evidence suggests that the body parts were dismembered and several holes were drilled into one of the skulls. Investigations revealed that the remains dated back to the time of Franklin.

As Franklin is known to have been a Freemason, proponents of conspiracy theories could easily regard the great scientist as a manager who had run a gruesome, dark business. However, the bones turned out to be none other than traces of an early educational pathology lab, which was run by Franklin’s protégé and friend William Hewson, regarded as the father of hematology.

In those times autopsy was in its infancy and it was seen as an unethical activity. Receiving cadavers legally was complicated, so pioneers of the profession were forced to rob graves or hire “professionals” to do the job.

36 Craven Street was a perfect location for Hewson, as the flat was owned by his friend and the lady of the house was his mother-in-law. Franklin probably knew that illegal studies were conducted in the basement but he was unlikely to have taken an active part in the activity.

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Some interesting facts about…

Last suppers

While discussing feeding dogs and lipsticks, Hitler had his last meal in the company of Eva Braun, consuming spaghetti with vegetarian sauce.


During her last night spent with her lover Bobby Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe had a Mexican platter containing gazpacho, meatballs, taco sauce and mashed beans.


At dawn on the day of his death, Elvis Presley, suffering from insomnia, gorged himself with four scoops of ice cream and six pieces of chocolate chip cookies.


Before being hanged, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein asked for boiled chicken with rice that was accompanied with numerous cups of hot water sweetened with honey.

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