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(Book). December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died follows the events leading to the horrible moment when Mark David Chapman the paunchy, mentally ill Beatles fan calmly fired his Charter Arms .38 Special into the rock icon, realizing his perverse fantasy of attaining perennial notoriety. New York Times -best-selling author Keith Elliot Greenberg takes us back to New York City and the world John Lennon woke up to, and we follow the other Beatles, Lennon's family, the shooter, fans, and New York City officials through the day. Once the fatal shots are fired, the pace only becomes more breathless. The epilogue examines the aftermath of the killing the moment when 100,000 New Yorkers stood in silence in Central Park; the posthumous reunion of the Beatles in the studio, with George, Paul, and Ringo accompanying recordings of their old friend and the undying legacy that persists to this day.