Killed John Lennon?
by Fenton Bresler
1 of 2)
"Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko.
And we stand a better chance under that guise
because all the serious people like Martin Luther
and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot."
begins by questioning the "lone nut"
theory. Since 1835, 15 men and 2 women have
attacked "nationally prominent political
leaders in sixteen separate incidents."
Of those 17, only 3 have been ruled insane by
law. Mark David Chapman was never found to be
legally insane. "The 'lone nut' theory
simply does not stand up as an all-embracing
explanation covering all -- or even most --
instances of American political assassination."
offers the possibility that "Lennon, the
politically most active rock star of his generation...
was shot dead outside his own home by a killer
who was merely a tool, a human gun used and controlled
by others to destroy a uniquely powerful radical
figure who was likely to prove a rallying point
for mass opposition to the policies soon to be
implemented... by the new United States government
headed by Ronald Reagan."
quotes the late radio journalist Mae Brussell,
who broke the Watergate story 2 months before
the Woodward-Bernstein expose'. Brussell had no
doubts: "It was a conspiracy. Reagan had
just won the election. They knew what kind of
president he was going to be. There was only one
man who could bring out a million people on demonstration
in protest at his policies -- and that was Lennon."
speculates that Chapman was a "Manchurian
Candidate," brainwashed and pre-programmed
to kill on command. When the moment had arrived,
Chapman received his signal and performed his
The CIA and Mind Control
April 1950, the CIA began work on PROJECT BLUEBIRD,
the agency's fledgling attempt at mind control.
"Within two years this had progressed into
the substantially enlarged PROJECT ARTICHOKE.
According to a later CIA internal memorandum,
PROJECT ARTICHOKE was intended to 'exploit operational
lines, scientific methods and knowledge that can
be utilized in altering the attitudes, beliefs,
thought processes and behaviour patterns of agent
personnel. This will include the application of
tested psychiatric and psychological techniques
including the use of hypnosis in conjunction with
drugs.' In turn, only one year later, in April
1953, PROJECT ARTICHOKE became MKULTRA, the generic
name for a series of on-going investigations by
the agency's Technical Services Staff."
might object that pre-programming a subject to
be a "killer on command" violates the
common wisdom that one cannot be hypnotised to
do something that is contray to one's individual
morals. Yet not all "experts" are in
agreement on this. For example Milton Kline, a
New York psychologist and former president of
the American Society for Clinical and Experimental
Hypnosis believes it is *not* impossible to create
a "Manchurian Candidate." According
to Kline, "It cannot be done by everyone.
It cannot be done consistently, but it can be
seems little doubt that sophisticated techniques
have now reached the stage where, if murder is
desired, a killer, once programmed and 'on hold',
can be triggered into action."
suggests that Sirhan Sirhan, the supposed lone
assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, was a pre-programmed
killer. Seven years after the RFK assassination,
Sirhan was interviewed by psychiatrists. These
recorded interviews were analyzed with the help
of a Psychological Stress Evaluator (PSE), a device
which measures micro-tremors in the voice. Based
on the PSE, former high-ranking intelligence officer
Charles McQuiston stated: "I'm convinced
that Sirhan wasn't aware of what he was doing.
He was in a hypnotic trance when he pulled the
trigger... Everything in the PSE charts tells
me that someone else was involved in the assassination
-- and that Sirhan was programmed through hypnosis
to kill RFK. What we have here is a real live
examining Sirhan's PSE charts, Dr. John W. Heisse,
Jr., president of the International Society of
Stress Analysis, agreed with McQuiston: "Sirhan
kept repeating certain phrases. This clearly revealed
he had been programmed to put himself into a trance."
Killed John Lennon?
by Fenton Bresler
2 of 2)
"Listen, if anything happens to Yoko and
it was not an accident."
a December, 1971 rally at the University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor), undercover FBI agents recorded remarks
made by Lennon and others. This is only one case
of many, all pointing to a pattern of consistent
governmental spying upon Lennon. Under the Freedom
of Information Act, Bresler obtained U.S. government
files on Lennon. The files show that Lennon was
under constant government surveillance, especially
during the years 1971-1972.
example, in an April 10, 1972 memorandum from
J. Edgar Hoover to the FBI's New York office,
Hoover orders his agents to "...promptly
initiate discrete efforts to locate subject [Lennon]
and remain aware of his activities and movements.
Handle inquiries only through established sources...
Careful attention should be given to reports that
subject is heavy narcotics user and any information
developed in this regard should be furnished to
narcotics authorities and immediately furnished
to bureau in form suitable for dissemination."
knew from early in 1972 that he was under constant
surveillance, being followed in the streets and
with his telephone tapped." The ex-Beatle
was aware of the surveillance by secret police
agencies and so stated on several occasions. For
example, in December 1975 he told one interviewer,
"We knew we were being wire-tapped... there
was a helluva lot of guys coming in to fix the
of the methods used by the U.S. government to
harass Lennon was the threat of deportation. The
government had extra leverage in its efforts due
to a previous conviction against Lennon which
charged him with "moral turpitude."
On October 18, 1968, in Britain, Lennon and Ono
had been arrested and charged with possession
of 1.5 ounces of marijuana. Two weeks before the
bust, Lennon had been warned that the police were
out to get him because he was a "loudmouth."
As a precaution, he had (as he put it) "cleaned
the house out [of drugs]." Nevertheless,
marijuana was found in the house by the police.
According to Lennon, he had been set up. His opinion
is backed up by the fact that the arresting officer
was later sentenced to two years in prison for
planting evidence in other cases.
order that Ono would not be charged, Lennon "copped
a plea". Charges against Yoko Ono were dropped
and Lennon was fined and found guilty of "an
offence of moral turpitude."
the time of their arrest, Yoko Ono was pregnant
and almost suffered a miscarriage. Although she
was immediately hospitalized, a month later she
lost the baby. "On being told the end of
their child's unborn life was near, Lennon had
a tape recorder brought into the hospital room
and, with a stethoscope microphone, he recorded
his second son's failing heartbeats before he
of Lennon's political activism are seen in songs
such as "Give Peace a Chance," "Power
to the People," and "Working Class Hero."
In an interview published in *Rolling Stone* (and
later as a book entitled *Lennon Remembers*),
Lennon called the song "Working Class Hero"
a "...song for the revolution... It's for
the people like me who are working class."
the interview, Lennon further states that "...the
people who are in control and in power, and the
class system and the whole bullshit bourgeois
scene is exactly the same except that there are
a lot of middle-class kids with long hair walking
around in trendy clothes... The same bastards
are in control, the same people are runnin' everything...
They're doing exactly the same things, selling
arms to South Africa, killing blacks on the street,
people are living in fucking poverty with rats
crawling all over them. It's the same. It just
makes you puke."
Lennon, rock had become revolutionary -- and for
real. He and Yoko took part in demonstrations,
they campaigned for a public inquiry into the
case of James Hanratty, convicted of murder and
hanged in the early 1960s... they marched for
the IRA [Irish Republican Army] and they called
for help for striking shipbuilders."
The Invisible Assassins
interviewed Arthur O'Connor, the lieutenant who
was commanding officer of the twentieth precinct
of the New York police that dealt with Lennon's
murder. He quotes O'Connor as saying, "As
far as you are trying to build up some kind of
conspiracy, I would support you in that line.
Like I said originally over the phone, if this
gentleman [Chapman] wanted to get away with it,
he could have got away with it. There was the
subway across the road and no one around to stop
once Chapman had accomplished his task, he calmly
sat and waited for police to come.
one method rather than the other, the amateur
as against the professional? Because that way
you avoid any awkward questions. If Lennon had
been gunned down by a professional killer, the
whole world would have known: such swift expert
assassinations carry their own individual hallmark.
It would have been obvious what had happened and,
with Lennon's history of anti-government radical
political activity, there would have been [an
if you program an amateur to do the job, a so-called
'nut', very few questions are asked."