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Mark David Chapman (1955- ) is the mentally unstable man who assassinated singer-songwriter John Lennon.

On the evening of 8 December 1980, Mark David Chapman shot and killed Beatles singer John Lennon outside the musician's home in New York. Chapman claimed that J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye inspired him to murder the musician.

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