A newly published book includes an examination of the 1980 shooting death of John Lennon and makes the case that the former Beatle died in seconds, not minutes and couldn't have talked to police, reported Beatles Radio.com Aug. 21.
“John Lennon Did Not Die a Slow Death” by writer Jim O'Donnell, also the author of "The Day John Met Paul: An Hour-by-Hour Account of How the Beatles Began", debunks the theory that Lennon spoke to a police officer after he was shot.
“If John had been able to talk to the cop,” says O'Donnell, “then that means he was in excruciating pain for minutes. After many interviews and going over a ton of published and unpublished reports, it became evident that John was not conscious or talking in the minutes after he was shot. The research shows that he died in seconds or even instantaneously. He did not die a slow death.
“It is time to put to rest the story that after being shot John Lennon was living, talking, conscious, Actually, he was dying, moaning, unconscious. This man who lived a fast life (and) died a fast death, not a slow, tormented one.”
All of the interviews in O’Donnell’s 3,000-word Lennon article were tape-recorded. It's one of 10 stories in the book about various rockers. There are also nine other stories in the book, produced by Center Stage Media. They tell the stories of deceased people from the rock world, including Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
Contents: 1.”John Lennon Did Not Die A Slow Death” 2. ”Jim Morrison: Rock’s Wildest Celebrant” 3. ”Elvis Presley (Occupation: Pop Singer)” 4. ”And the Wind Cries Jimi” 5. ”Janis Joplin: Lone Star” 6. ”Getting Zapped by Zappa” 7. ”Bill Haley: Rock’s William the Conqueror” 8. ”The Freed Kingdom” 9.”A Dick Clark Special” 10. ”Ray Coleman: Author, Journalist, Mentor”
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