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    Mark David Chapman Signs the Book that Caused Him to Shoot John Lennon of the Beatles. A signed paperback copy of Catcher In the Rye (New York: Bantam Books, February, 1981). On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot down by Mark David Chapman outside Lennon's apartment. Chapman, after reading the book Catcher in the Rye, wanted to emulate the fictitious character of Holden Caulfield and, after stalking Lennon all day, shot him four times. Chapman had a copy of the book with him when he shot Lennon. The present copy was obtained from a Rikers Island prison guard who obtained it from Chapman during his first year of incarceration. Condition is just that of a worn reading copy.

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