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5.0 out of 5 stars This book asks very disturbing and challenging questions, October 27, 1999
This review is from: Who Killed John Lennon? (Hardcover)
When I first saw this title I said, "No, no, no. I'm not ready for this. I still haven't come to terms with several other murder conspiracies and I don't need this one." I was inclined to take the story at face value, that which was offered by the major media at the time. I certainly did not want to think there was something more sinister behind the Lennon killing. When I picked up the book out of curiosity I found not the ravings of a "conspiracy nut," but a very coherent and rational investigation into the murderer. It had been "an open and shut" case, so few questions were ever raised about it. But the book reminded me that some of the reports about it had made me wonder at the time. I had not pursued the questions then and believed that I was being told the truth. Like others who loved John Lennon, I was grief stricken at the time and not inclined to ask a lot of questions. But when news reports described Chapman's movements the week of the murder, they said he traveled to Hawaii, to Chicago, sold some paintings, then came to New York. I wondered: if this guy is such a loser as they describe, who can barely get a job, where does he get the money to travel widely and deal in art? This book picks up that thread and examines Chapman, where he came from, how he spent his life before he entered history as another "lone assassin" and where, indeed, he did find the means to travel and purchase expensive works of art. The resulting picture is not pretty, does not inspire confidence in our government agencies. Some of the FBI documents on the surveillance of Lennon, which were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, reflect the frightening cloak-and-dagger mindset of agents of the bureau as they watch and take notes on Lennon as he goes to the deli to buy yogurt during a recording session, or whatever else his daily routines entailed. Whatever your final conclusion, it is hard not to be disturbed by how these people are spending your tax money. I wish the book were still in print.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2011 7:30:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2011 7:31:52 PM PDT
JNagarya says:
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Posted on Apr 7, 2011 8:22:49 AM PDT
Albert Doyle says:
JNagarya is just denying the already well-established record of government conspiracy against John Lennon. When you have hundreds of pages of FBI files on you that is, technically, a conspiracy. It's a legal one but it is very definitely one of the strongest and most protected types of conspiracies you could possibly have waged against you. CIA had pages of files that were never released. Four of those CIA files were gotten only because they were contained on FBI files researchers managed to get released. The percentage of redacted lines on Lennon's files shows a level of concern equal to a high threat. Lennon's apartment was bugged and he had FBI agents openly harassing him and following him around so he knew they were on him. This was withdrawn after Nixon won in 72 and officially dropped after Carter was elected, but anyone who studies those covert agencies knows they don't forget their file targets and have long memories. JNagarya asks us to believe them at their word that they dropped interest in Lennon. Any simple critical look into the history of CIA and FBI would show that taking those agencies at their word to be very risky business. If people were whispering conspiracy right after Lennon's murder they had very good reason, and most-likely didn't whisper it as loud as it is increasingly turning out to deserve.

JNagarya continues to challenge this by means of some very overly-general terms, however anyone who has looked into this would see he completely avoids all the clues and evidence which point to the CIA conspiracy.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2014 5:36:49 AM PDT
Seth Farber says:
He also seems to have managed to avoiding reading the book. He has his agenda which excludes even questioning the official account, but does not exclude reviewing a book he did not read.
Seth Farber, Ph.D.
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