Fateful Encounter: John Lennon & His Assassin
December 8, 1980
Shortly after 5:00 pm, photographer Paul Goresh captures this flash-lit image of John Lennon signing a copy of his Double Fantasy album for a fan. Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono are leaving The Dakota apartment building in New York City, on their way to a recording session.
The fan in the photo? Mark David Chapman, who also carries a Charter Arms .38 Special revolver, the weapon he would fire five times to snuff out the life of the legendary musician just six hours after this photo was taken.