Mark David Chapman
Assassinated John Lennon
Who is Mark David Chapman?
Mark David Chapman was a born again Christian who murdered Beatles star John Lennon in 1980. A former Beatles fan, Chapman had become incensed after hearing a remark by Lennon that Christianity was in decline, and that the Beatles had become “more popular than Jesus.”
Mark David Chapman is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger William White. He is also kin to a number of former U.S. Presidents including Franklin Pierce, James Garfield, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Gerald Ford, and both Presidents Bush. Historical members of his family tree include Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, abolitionist John Brown, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, dictionary publisher Noah Webster, women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony, and aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Celebrity kin of Mark David Chapman include actress Lillian Gish, movie director Howard Hawks, actress Katharine Hepburn, fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt, television host Dick Clark, actor Matt Damon, singer and songwriter Amy Grant, actor John Wayne, actor Humphrey Bogart, singer and songwriter Harry Chapin, actor Ben Affleck, and many others. Literary kin of his include poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, author Clarence Day, novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson, and poet Emily Dickinson.
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