Apple TV+ Shares First Look at ‘John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial’

16th August 1966: John Lennon (1940 - 1980) of the Beatles, after making a formal apology for his controversial statement that the group were 'more popular than Jesus'.
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Apple TV+ has released the official trailer for a new three-part documentary series called John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial. The docuseries is an examination of the shocking murder of the Beatles’ John Lennon in 1980. It features exclusive interviews with witnesses including the doorman who heard Lennon’s last words, the confessed killer Mark David Chapman’s defense lawyer and the psychiatrist who assessed him, and more.

The production was granted access to items such as unseen crime scene photos from Freedom of Information Act requests from the New York City Police Department in order to get all of the facts about what happened. The series, directed by Nick Holt and Rob Coldstream, aims to shed new light on not just the murder, but the killer’s motives, the life of Lennon, and how his untimely death saddened the world.

Emmy Award winner Kiefer Sutherland will narrate the episodes, which hope to uncover the true motives behind Chapman’s crime. He was a photographer from Hawaii and many have wondered exactly why he murdered Lennon. The docuseries questions whether he had religious motives or could have been part of a larger conspiracy group that wanted to kill celebrities from around the world. Chapman has previously said that he did it for fame.

John Lennon's assassin Mark David Chapman poses for a mugshot on December 9, 1980 in New York

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This is the second documentary about Lennon to be released this year. The first was a documentary film called The Lost Weekend, which detailed Lennon’s affair with Apple Records employee May Pang. Allegedly, Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono asked Pang to start the affair but became jealous when the two ended up falling for each other. They were together for about two years until they split and Lennon and Ono reunited in 1975. Sadly, Lennon was murdered just five years later, which is now being investigated in the new docuseries.

John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial premieres on Apple TV+ on December 6, 2023.

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