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November 30th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Losing Lennon: NYC cops revisit legendary musician's murder scene

Next Wednesday marks a tragic anniversary, 30 years since the legendary John Lennon was gunned down by Mark David Chapman outside his apartment building in New York City.  All this week we’re previewing a CNN documentary on Lennon’s murder. The documentary, “Losing Lennon: Countdown to Murder,” premieres Saturday and Sunday night at 8 ET on CNN.

Today, check out a sneak peak into John Roberts’ interview with the first New York City cops to arrive at the scene of the crime on December 8, 1980. They remember it, like it was yesterday.

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  1. John Lennon Was An Extremely Talented Music Artist!

    THank you MaryRM and Maccafan mourning Lennon's loss and Deborah Hanley too! The world is really filled with so many nasty,sick,ignorant hateful people so it's not surprising that so many post on internet sites!

    Deborah, even though John Roberts says in several online articles about this show that he's been a big Beatles and John Lennon fan since he was 11 years old,I agree that doing a show like this has also a lot to do with doing sensationalism to get good ratings and that's just cruel and sickening but so typical of the media!

    December 6, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  2. Deborah Hanley

    ...boycotting CNN. Everything about this product strikes me as exploitive and destructively narcissitic, from the insensitive and glorifying advertising to consumers that usually expect this ilk from tabloid programs/channels, to the cruel timing of this show. John Robert's performing with Rush is benign enough, but for Roberts to knowingly fufill the dream of John Lennon's muderer by devoting a a program to him and his family is dissapointing at this time of year at best. I will remember Anderson Cooper's excellent interview of Yoko Ono to counterbalance this. He was egoless and empathic with Yoko and Sean's senseless tragedy.

    December 4, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  3. Maccafan mourning Lennon's loss.

    Mike Sey, this is not a story that was "dug up" from CNN's music archive. No what would be "dug up" from CNN's archive would be where Justin Bieber got his hair done. This is a story about the ending of a great musicians life in a horrific way. This story touched millions of lives then and still does now. People that weren't even alive 30 yrs ago know and mourn this man's death. This special is being broadcast in line with the 30th anniversary of his murder, just like President Kennedy's and Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. They all changed our lives in their own ways. When Justin Bieber dies, I doubt anyone will ever say Where were you when he died? I know exactly where I was when Lennon died. Most people I know that were alive then do too.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  4. John Lennon Was An Extremely Talented Music Artist!

    I made a mistake, I didn't mention the author of the great John Lennon biography,was Ray Coleman.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  5. mike sey

    Gosh, its refreshing to know that CNN couldn't find anything significant going on in the world today, and had to dig up something from its music archives with which to fill airtime.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  6. John Lennon Was An Extremely Talented Music Artist!

    I meant that if you didn't post the ignorant,insensitive comments you wouldn't be insensitive,ignorant creeps in the first place.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  7. JOhn Lennon Was An Extremely Talented Music Artist!

    West? Who was that again? And Average person(I really don't know why insensitive ignorant creeps even bother posting in this topic,but then if you didn't post what you did,you would be insensitive ignorant creeps in the first place!),good posting name because it's you who is the average person and you are both ignorant if you don't know and recognize that John Lennon was as he is rightfully widely highly regarded as,an extremely talented song writer,great singer with a unique beautiful great voice,and as Eric Clapton said in an online 1977 interview,Eric Clapton In His Own Words,that there was always this guitar game between John and George and he said partly because John was a pretty good guitar player himself.

    And he was also a father of a 17 yeard and 5 year old sons,a loving husband to Yoko,and nurtuing caring father to his 5 year old son Sean who he mostly raised from the time Sean was born until he was tragically,cruelly,shot 4 times at close range and killed at only age 40 for no rational reason,by a crazed fan who he just gave his autograph to just hours before,and lost 80% of his blood,and the police officers could hear his bones cracking as they lifted him up into their car!

    His many friends and otherv family members who loved him lost him so horribly too,his old aunt Mimi who raised him as her own son from the age of 5 until he was 23,and she never had any of her own children,and she was an old lady when this happened and she sadly had to live to know it,and she said she would never recover!Also John's two sisters in their early 30's at the time,his ex wife Cynthia who says she will always love John,his close friends Elton John,David Bowie,rock photographer Bob Gruen,award winning music journalist and editor of THe Melody Maker Magazine for 20 years,close friend of John's for 18 years and author of the great empathetic,thorough biography,Lennon,Paul,George,Ringo,etc and most of the world was and still is very hurt by this! How would you feel if this happened to you or one of your loved ones!?

    December 3, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  8. west

    John Lennon? Who was that again?

    December 1, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  9. Average American

    He was just one person. No better or worse than anybody else.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:23 am |
  10. MaryRM

    I cannot believe 30 years has passed. I remember crying in front of the TV that day. I had just purchased his new album and couldn't listen to it for more than a year after he was murdered, turned off any radio station that played his music. I was just 20 years old and it was so shocking to lose such a sweet, peaceful, fun and flakey, amazing artist. He was even more than his wonderful music, he was a part of the times in so many ways.

    November 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm |