Thursday, December 01, 2005

4 January 2009
Chapter 27; plane tickets

By the way, the date today is 4 Jan 09, not 1 Dec 05 - I'd just rather have blog entries in chronologic order, which I think is better for first-time visitors, and I can't figure out how else to get Blogger to do that

So...I finally watched Chapter 27. I say finally, because I’ve been reading about it since before its release at Sundance two years ago. I monitor the Web for mentions of Chapman, and I’d guesstimate that maybe half of them over this period have related to how much weight Jared Leto put on to play the part. And I must say, I think he puts in a fine performance; he’s quite convincing as a disturbed Chapman, positively radiating inchoate menace. He’s so good at it, it makes you wonder why Jude, Lindsay Lohan’s character, is attracted to him rather than looking for the exit the minute he steps on stage. I think this film is, in its way, as effective as
The Killing of John Lennon in portraying the mainstream story: psychotic loner-fan kills object of his fixation. And it’s pretty faithful to Jack Jones’ account of Chapman in Let Me Take You Down, by which the movie is said to be inspired. By the way, you can read the book through without finding a single entry that would argue against the thesis that Chapman was set up by an MK-Ultra-type operation.

Now, my problems with it. First, a minor beef having nothing to do with the Big Picture: we hear “hey Jude” not once, but twice – first, early on from Jude’s friend Jeri, then again from Chapman toward the end. I mean, if you’re going to make a serious film about an event as darkly monumental as this, why throw in a cutesy little reference like that? Are we supposed to giggle? And the accuracy-sticklers amongst us will note that the now-ubiquitous substitution of “hey” for “hi” was nowhere in sight in 1980. But more importantly, of course, Chapter 27, like
Killing, drops not a hint of the possibility of Chapman’s being a manipulated patsy. Killing (as I’ve noted in the comments section of this blog) does show us the image – without comment or identification – of Dana Reeves, the Georgia lawman who showed Chapman how to shoot and gave him the hollow-points he needed for the job. Specifically, Chapter 27 airbrushes several features out of scenes that might have raised some questions. When we see Chapman setting up the display on the dresser in his hotel room for the cops to find, omitted items include: his plane ticket (see below), the photo of him with a Vietnamese child at the Fort Chaffee refugee camp in 1975 (the photo is there in the corresponding scene in Killing), and an 8-track tape of Todd Rundgren, his actual rock idol. And, as in Killing, no one seems to care where his money came from.

Ah yes, the plane ticket. One of Fenton Bresler’s contributions was his investigation into Chapman’s plane tickets. The official story has Chapman flying from Honolulu to Chicago on 5 December 1980, landing at O’Hare early on the morning of 6 December, then changing flights and arriving LaGuardia that same day. It’s the United Airlines Honolulu-Chicago-Honolulu ticket (without the Chicago-NYC ticket he must have had) that was found on the dresser of his hotel room. And, as Bresler points out, plane tickets generally list all the flights for the trip on that airline, not just one. What Bresler reports (pp 174-185) is that Louis Souza, the Honolulu police captain who did the local follow-up investigation for the NYC police, told him that “beyond doubt”, Chapman had not bought a ticket for United flights from Honolulu through to NYC leaving on 5 December, changing planes in Chicago the following morning; in fact, he bought a round-trip ticket from Honolulu to Chicago, leaving on 2 December, with a return date 18 December, i.e. it looked like a two-week trip to Chicago where, after all, his grandmother lived. Chapman’s wife refused to talk to Bresler about this or anything else. The ticket found by the NYC police, of which Bresler had a photocopy, is for United Flight 2 leaving Honolulu on 5 December (consistent with the official story) to Chicago – and no mention of NYC. But the baggage claim tag attached to the ticket folder reads Honolulu to Chicago on UA flight 2, and to NYC on UA904. Bresler maintains that Chapman left Hawaii intending only to go to Chicago and back (and therefore not intending to kill Lennon); that he spent 3 December to 6 December in Chicago where he was tuned up to go through with the hit and bought his ticket from Chicago to NYC. And someone changed the departure date on the Hawaii-Chicago ticket, and the baggage tag. Why didn’t they alter the ticket to show the Chicago-NYC leg? Bresler speculates that it might have been a last-minute job and when they realized that the ticket had been purchased in Chicago, they just ditched it. When Bresler pressed the NY county DA’s office on the discrepancy and asked to see the 16-page chronology they had worked up on Chapman’s movements in the days before the assassination, he was told by Assistant DA Gerald McKelvey that the chronology “cannot be located in our files.”

Chicago. Bresler couldn’t get to Chapman’s wife Gloria, but he did find Ruth Brilhante, who had worked with her at a travel agency and was still friendly with her. She told Bresler that when she heard the news that Chapman had killed Lennon, she couldn’t believe it, because not only did she think that Chapman couldn’t possibly do such a thing, but “we did not know he was in New York. We all thought he was in Chicago. That is where he had gone to take his grandmother home after she was visiting out here.” Chapman’s taking his grandmother to Chicago en route to NYC is mentioned in two other newspaper reports on 10 December. Bresler tried to find the grandmother in Chicago but without cooperation of Chapman’s family, it was impossible. But if this wrinkle is true, then Chapman couldn’t have flown through O’Hare on 6 December, changed planes, and headed for NYC. Bresler tried to get records from United Airlines, but was told they are all destroyed after two years. But it appears that the official story can’t be true. And that something happened in Chicago

28 comments:

Tim Fleming said...

Not to dismiss what you're saying, but what is the connection between Reagan's transition team clearing the decks for slaughter in central America and John Lennon's murder?

Tim Fleming
author,"Murder of an American Nazi"
www.eloquentbooks.com
http://leftlooking.blogspot.com

alan said...

Tim,
Thanks for your interest, and for bringing your book to my attention. The reason the war planners decided to assassinate Lennon is described on the opening entry of my blog, headed: THE CIA KILLED LENNON? COME ON! WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE MOTIVE? Everyone involved in the Central America solidarity movement knows the level of savagery employed by Uncle Sam's proxies in the region. Nothing, but nothing, was too barbaric for them. They were capable of anything, which they did again and again. Rape nuns, murder priests, gun down hundreds of unarmed civilians at a clip. During this period we - the domestic opposition - had major problems getting anyone in the major media or our government to take notice. We were never able to get more than about fifty thousand people, tops, to the major demonstrations in D.C. Just imagine what those rallies, that press coverage could have been like if Citizen Lennon had joined them. Well, someone did imagine it...and they acted.

alan said...

Tim,
Thanks for your interest, and for bringing your book to my attention. The reason the war planners decided to assassinate Lennon is described on the opening entry of my blog, headed: THE CIA KILLED LENNON? COME ON! WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE MOTIVE? Everyone involved in the Central America solidarity movement knows the level of savagery employed by Uncle Sam's proxies in the region. Nothing, but nothing, was too barbaric for them. They were capable of anything, which they did again and again. Rape nuns, murder priests, gun down hundreds of unarmed civilians at a clip. During this period we - the domestic opposition - had major problems getting anyone in the major media or our government to take notice. We were never able to get more than about fifty thousand people, tops, to the major demonstrations in D.C. Just imagine what those rallies, that press coverage could have been like if Citizen Lennon had joined them. Well, someone did imagine it...and they acted.

Tim Fleming said...

Alan-

As it so happens, part of my book deals with the murder of the chaplain of the Honduran rebels--Father James Carney. He was killed by the CIA in 1983 in central America, and he is just one of the many heroic martyrs, victims of a CIA run amok, in my narrative. So I have no problem believing your hypothesis.

Tim Fleming
author,"Murder of an American Nazi"
www.eloquentbooks.com
http://leftlooking.blogspot.com

Fernando said...

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Anonymous said...

You're missing the fact that Bush had just become the vice president and he was in Nixon's pocket. Nixon wanted revenge, and Bush being in power could give it to him.

Mark Dorian said...

then why in the summer of 1975 Mark Chapman was soooo obsessed with recording Downtown and Port of Beirut heavy Civil War explosion booms and bangs; he got pleasure from that ???
was he pacifist?
did he have embedded violence ??
his YMCA bedroom window overlooked the war zone and snipers and random shelling; 6 months he stayed there, the worst viloence

Mark Dorian said...

while I used to check YMCA AUB chicks in the lobby, my close friend Suhayl Haddad used to visit Mark Chapman's bedroom 2nd floor # 217 and provide hime with microphones, batteries, cassette tapes fix things set up sound-ing...all so as this pervert Mark Chapman could record continuously the heavy explosions !!!
he was a sicko pervert...

alan said...

Thanks for that bit of first-hand knowledge about Chapman. But I don't think it affects the main hypothesis here. chapman went to Beirut in the first place because he was already "under the influence". Bresler referred to Beirut as his "blooding" by the CIA - his chance to be exposed to real violence. Think about it. They take an individual who is already disturbed (but not violent - all the evidence from the people who knew him says that he abhorred violence, e.g. that he was scornful of the guys with gunracks in their trucks back in Georgia) and to prepare him to serve as an assassin they have to "normalize" violence somehow. A person arriving for the first time in a war zone with a drug/hypnotic "program" to experience real violence is fascinated by it. I don't think his enthusiasm for taping it says anything about *why* he behaved that way. Speaking from personal experience, I taped a firefight in El Salvador to be able to present the terror of it to people back in the U.S. And I'm not a violence freak - it scares me. So I thank you for your input, but I'm not dissuaded. And what was he doing at Fort Chaffee right after Beirut?

Anonymous said...

This is pretty wacky conspiracy theory stuff... I just question why they would do a guy like Lennon while so many other high profile guys are broadcasting their resistance messages and conspiracy theory messages without any harm or threat to their lives (i.e., Alex Jones, David Icke, etc.)? This one's tough to swallow. but, hey... I guess anything's possible.

alan said...

Dear Anonymous,
The reason Lennon was targeted was that he was the only living individual on the planet with the potential to bring a million people into the streets to protest the U.S.-sponsored massacres in Central America. The reason that people like Alex Jones or David Icke are still alive is that they are not perceived as a threat. Lennon was. (incidentally, so was Robert F Kennedy -- if you're interested, rent the DVD "RFK Must Die".

Stephen said...

To: Alan
RE: CIA KILLED John Lennon!

It would seem that is most probable as Mark David Chapman has a vague memory of the initial murder. That seems to smell of the yesteryear assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

Manchurian Candidates have been actively utilised, recruited and then unwittingly blamed as the patsy. The tell-tale signs of manipulation are vast and varied, one has to understand the pathology of mass manipulation and propagation. The movie starring Frank Sinatra may seem a little gauche and contribed... but when you view the "The Sleep Room" where actual patients are undergoing the horrific experiments in the Allen Institute in Montreal, PQ, Canada. Ewen Cameron was a renown CIA asset and main torturer of these unsuspecting participants. John Lennon was discovering many things in the USA... one has to suspect his motives were far more personal than uncovering Richard Nixon's connection into the Drug Trade. It is much more probable that he was investigating Brian Epstein's assassination as a promise to the spirit of his old friend. John Lennon, unfortunately was a dupe/pawn the CIA's dark and ominous domestic/foreign affairs. One has to remember that Elvis Presley was a CIA Asset and an Honourary Detective in Denver PD, a hot bed of CIA Foundation in Colorado. Presley was threatened by the presence of The Beatles as they had a vast and worldwide influence, he so envied. So, the CIA and the domestic apparatus to execute an assassination complete with patsy. One has to ask this question... "Why was Paul McCartney(the real one) assassinated and what threat did he pose?" Then the next question inevitably "Was John investigating Paul's death as well as Brian's?"

Exiles800 said...

Welcome to Amerikkka where the suspect in the assassination of a major public figure has his travel records routinely destroyed. Ho hum, perfectly understandable. Nothing wrong or incriminating about that. A confessed psycho killer of a government enemy as indicated by their own files and actions. No need to do any further simple investigation. Our country has real credibility. Especially the public. - Sure...

Anonymous said...

This is the biggest sac of caca I've ever had the displeasure to read. You guys have absolutely no facts, just innuendo. MDC wasn't a huge fan, that isn't what brought him in. It was the scope of Lennon's FAME, and the depth of MDC's resentment at Lennon's success and MDC's own failure. Lennon was also quite accessible. And this talk of Lennon's "power" is hysterical. The only thing he helped bring about was getting John Sinclair out of prison, and it wasn't a solo effort. He was anti-war anti-Nixon, but Nixon was re-elected in a landslide. Lennon was sick over it. Power? I'm a fan but even I know he was stoned out of his gourd most of the time. Right up to his death he was still on heroin. 3 days on, 3 weeks off. So says Jack Douglas, who produced Double Fantasy. There are other sources, too. Lennon never was a threat and there was no need to take him out. He never brought about change. The anti-war rallies were already far underway when he was in his political phase in '72. This BS is just as pathetic as S. Astrucia's view that because Lennon was shot in his left back and shoulder, Chapman couldn't possible have been behind and to the right. Sure he could! Lennon never turned to look at MDC as MDC never called out to him before firing. Absolute nonsense, but it doesn't stop people from trying to make a buck off tragedy.

alan said...

Well, thanks to the latest Anonymous for sharing. But like most other naysayers, Anon. chooses to ignore the facts and just shout loudly how much s/he disagrees. Let me say it again: it matters not a bit whether Lennon was stoned, straight, a threat, not a threat...**it only matters whether the war criminals planning their counterrevolution in Central America saw him as a potential threat.** Get it? The case rests on their ferocity and the (yes, admittedly circumstantial) evidence surrounding MDC. I suspect that Anon. has no idea the kind of people who were in charge of Uncle Sam's war effort. These were (are) people who stop at nothing - raping nuns, torturing priests, murdering unarmed campesinos by the tens of thousands, all just business to them. Then there *are* those inconvenient facts about Chapman, e.g. his sojourn at a CIA-run resettlement camp at Ft. Chaffee in 1975. Think that was a coincidence? Here's a suggestion, Anon.: rent _RFK Must Die_ and then write back and share with us your thoughts on the programmed assassin theory.

Anonymous said...

Stephen King Shot Lennon. Jose Perdomo shot Lennon. Mark David Chapman (MDC: The Only Way To Go! in the Magical Mystery Tour booklet next to a picture of Lennon)> Check out the cover of Ramparts magazine from 66 or 67 in which Lennon from How I Won the War is depicted shot to death in the abdomen. He looks like the real younger Lennon, not the bespecaled guy they call his double. Did they murder the real Lennon in 66 on the set of that movie for his Jesus remarks? After all they already killed McCartney and Epstein by then. Ringo and Harrison were more innocuous at the time. Eventually they killed Harrison. They kept Ringo alive, or is it Fingo? They threatened to kill him back in their heyday in Canada because they thought he was Jewish he says in Anthology). Faul McCartney sings about Magill in Rocky Racoon (co-written with Donovan in India) the MK ULTRA university in Toronto where Faul was a cop before he replaced Paul McCartney. Donovan's Riki Tiki Tavi is a sequel to Rocky Racoon. Speaking of Rocky, the movie has a picture of the Beatles in Balboa's apartment. Back then, I thought Stallone looked like McCartney and they say Sylvester has a double too. While Faul was singing Venus and Mars, Sly was ejaculating in Italian porn. Yoko keeps Lennon's bloodstained glasses on her Dakota cill. You can see a sad face in the blood. Subliminal Seduction or satanic talisman?

Anonymous said...

While I am sure that Lennon was assassinated by pro-war forces, I note that Chapman'r rock idol was Todd Rundgren. I recall an interview way back when John Lennon contemptuously referred to Rundgren as "Turd RuntGreen". Did Chapman ever claim he was avenging his rock idol's honour?

Anonymous said...

one thing nobody mentions about Lennon
he thought he was The GOD, he was GOD the one and ONLY ALMIGHTY; so eventually he pissed off somebody like Chapman

here is the chemical formula

Lennon Thinks he is GOD + Lennon is Famous + a religious zealot sicko Chapman + temptations = Murder + sensational news

DO NOT YOU SEE, IT IS A FORMULA

LENNON WAS SELFISH NARCISSIST EGOMANIAC MEGALOMANIAC; HE TRASHED JESUS, HE TRASHED ELVIS; HE TRASHED NIXON... NO HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE MURDERED, BUT HE WAS ASKING FOR IT ! WILL YOKO ADMIT THESE FACTS ???

Anonymous said...

Thankfully "Life After Death" DOES exist and we are ALL GOD (rich or poor we are EACH an EXACT hologram copy of GOD! GOD split into 6 billion SOULS)!


"Imagine there's no heaven. No hell below us"

Sorry John, but real HEAVEN and HELL energy realms exist too, but these too are simply parts of the LARGER us!

GOD'S body encompasses ALL HEAVENS AND ALL EARTHS AND ALL INFINITE INVISIBLE (SOON TO BE VISIBLE)
MULTI-DIMENSIONS!

So in the end we keep our individual souls and personalities when we die and instantly re-remembering our souls power and immortality and infinite orgasmic HAPPINESS and bliss! :)

I can imagine Johns beloved Mum Julia and Mimi and pets and ALL the Lennon clan sitting there watching John performing concerts with Elvis, Buddy Holly, George Harrison et al AWAITING US ALL when our time finally comes...which it will.

Dr Frank R Wallace was PROVING "Life After Death" through Neo-Tech/ Zonpower!

Myself I've personally experienced GODPOWER while still alive here on earth (NOW proving its existence via the very real concepts of "Reverse Speech" and "Remote Viewing/Remote Influencing).

John would wish you to know that ALL paths (Light and Dark) ULTIMATELY lead back to our re-realizing our "ONE" DIVINITY!

This is ALL just a play in which we are SINGER/DOCTOR/POLITICIAN/PERSON
-IN-THE-STREET actors! ALL is just a "No.9 DREAM" from which YOU will ALL very soon AWAKE!

REMEMBER... ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

ETERNAL thanks John - Yoko & the FAB4 - for ALL the LOVE and HAPPINESS you gave us and continue to bring to each soul here on earth
especially throughout this dark economic time - through which we will ALL ON EARTH soon experience dreadful "Ascension Symptoms" PROVING that our minds and bodies are PURGING DARKNESS and growing finer and finer in the process of heading toward the "LIGHT" of ETERNAL LOVE!! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYW6w7qf37E

Anonymous said...

Thankfully "Life After Death" DOES exist and we are ALL GOD (rich or poor we are EACH an EXACT hologram copy of GOD! GOD split into 6 billion SOULS)!
"Imagine there's no heaven. No hell below us"
Sorry John, but real HEAVEN and HELL energy realms exist too, but these too are simply parts of the LARGER us!
GOD'S body encompasses ALL HEAVENS AND ALL EARTHS AND ALL INFINITE INVISIBLE (SOON TO BE VISIBLE)
MULTI-DIMENSIONS!
So in the end we keep our individual souls and personalities when we die and instantly re-remembering our souls power and immortality and infinite orgasmic HAPPINESS and bliss! :)
I can imagine Johns beloved Mum Julia and Mimi and pets and ALL the Lennon clan sitting there watching John performing concerts with Elvis, Buddy Holly, George Harrison et al AWAITING US ALL when our time finally comes...which it will.
Dr Frank R Wallace was PROVING "Life After Death" through Neo-Tech/ Zonpower!
Myself I've personally experienced GODPOWER while still alive here on earth (NOW proving its existence via the very real concepts of "Reverse Speech" and "Remote Viewing/Remote Influencing).
John would wish you to know that ALL paths (Light and Dark) ULTIMATELY lead back to our re-realizing our "ONE" DIVINITY!
This is ALL just a play in which we are SINGER/DOCTOR/POLITICIAN/PERSON
-IN-THE-STREET actors! ALL is just a "No.9 DREAM" from which YOU will ALL very soon AWAKE!
REMEMBER... ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
ETERNAL thanks John - Yoko & the FAB4 - for ALL the LOVE and HAPPINESS you gave us and continue to bring to each soul here on earth
especially throughout this dark economic time - through which we will ALL ON EARTH soon experience dreadful "Ascension Symptoms" PROVING that our minds and bodies are PURGING DARKNESS and growing finer and finer in the process of heading toward the "LIGHT" of ETERNAL LOVE!! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYW6w7qf37E

Anonymous said...

Thankfully "Life After Death" DOES exist and we are ALL GOD (rich or poor we are EACH an EXACT hologram copy of GOD! GOD split into 6 billion SOULS)!

"Imagine there's no heaven. No hell below us"

Sorry John, but real HEAVEN and HELL energy realms exist too, but these too are simply parts of the LARGER us!

GOD'S body encompasses ALL HEAVENS AND ALL EARTHS AND ALL INFINITE INVISIBLE (SOON TO BE VISIBLE)
MULTI-DIMENSIONS!

So in the end we keep our individual souls and personalities when we die and instantly re-remembering our souls power and immortality and infinite orgasmic HAPPINESS and bliss! :)

I can imagine Johns beloved Mum Julia and Mimi and pets and ALL the Lennon clan sitting there watching John performing concerts with Elvis, Buddy Holly, George Harrison et al AWAITING US ALL when our time finally comes...which it will.

Dr Frank R Wallace was PROVING "Life After Death" through Neo-Tech/ Zonpower!

Myself I've personally experienced GODPOWER while still alive here on earth (NOW proving its existence via the very real concepts of "Reverse Speech" and "Remote Viewing/Remote Influencing).

John would wish you to know that ALL paths (Light and Dark) ULTIMATELY lead back to our re-realizing our "ONE" DIVINITY!

This is ALL just a play in which we are SINGER/DOCTOR/POLITICIAN/PERSON
-IN-THE-STREET actors! ALL is just a "No.9 DREAM" from which YOU will ALL very soon AWAKE!

REMEMBER... ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

ETERNAL thanks John - Yoko & the FAB4 - for ALL the LOVE and HAPPINESS you gave us and continue to bring to each soul here on earth
especially throughout this dark economic time - through which we will ALL ON EARTH soon experience dreadful "Ascension Symptoms" PROVING that our minds and bodies are PURGING DARKNESS and growing finer and finer in the process of heading toward the "LIGHT" of ETERNAL LOVE!! :)

miss lennon said...

PEOPLE IM JUST A 14 YEAR OLD KIND OF OBSESSED FAN IN LENNON WHEN I KNEW THAT HE WAS MURDERED I WAS SHOCKED MEAN HOW COULD ANY1 MURDER THIS MAN THEN I READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE TIME WHEN HE DIED I CRIED WHILE READING IT FCK U MDC I THOUGHT THAT THIS MAKE NO SENSE ALTHOUGH I DISCUSSSED IT WITH SOME1 AND THEY TOLD ME IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE I THINK THE CIA KILLED HIM I AGREE WITH U JUST WE NEED 2 PROVE IT 2 THE WORLDS AD I STILL DUNNO HOW :(

dado split said...

Still alive? Alan?

Anonymous said...

May we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun....
John Lennon would think your theory to be ridiculous in 2010. He got over the past harassments in his life, why don't you?

garivera said...

Thanks for your work. You're a true fan. I wonder why so many other of John Lennon's fans let the CIA get away with having murdered him, thank god there are exceptions to the rule! Oh yeah, everyone in the Satanic USA mind control cult is under hypnosis.

045781 said...

The key is the assassin's money trial. How did a some time security guard afford to fly around the world?
The other key is how the media never mentions this fact.
Also I rememeber watching all the news reports at that time and never do they say Lennon was Peace movements leader coming out of retirement, why?

045781 said...

The key is the money, how could a some time security guard travel so much?

Anonymous said...

Todd Rundgren gave it to John Lennon in one interview from the early 70's after being snubbed, Called him a hypocrite and a woman beater. I wonder if piggy read that and used it as motivation to view Lennon as a phony