The day John Lennon was murdered – level 1
John Lennon is a famous singer and songwriter from the Beatles. In 1980, he lives in New York, US.
A 25-year-old man comes from Hawaii, US, to New York. He wants to meet Lennon. The man is mentally ill. He buys Lennon’s album and he wants to get his signature.
The man is waiting for Lennon for 10 days. They meet on December 8 in the afternoon. They meet in front of Lennon’s house in New York where Lennon signs the album for the man.
Six hours later, the man comes back to the same place. He waits for Lennon again. Lennon comes home at 11 p.m.
The man shoots Lennon in the back. He shoots 5 bullets. John Lennon dies.
At that moment, the story of a big legend ends. After the murder, the man sits quietly on the sidewalk. He is reading a book. He is waiting for the police.
The man goes to prison for all his life.
Difficult words: mentally ill (the situation when your brain is sick and you act strangely), signature (the way you write your name on a paper), sign (to write your signature), murder (the crime when one person kills another person), sidewalk (a place on the side of a street for people to walk).
What situations might have led the mentally ill man from Hawaii to New York, and what motivated him to shoot John Lennon?
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