The Crime & Investigation Network has the Australian premiere of a provocatively-titled 2005 documentary about the assassination of John Lennon.
I Killed John Lennon, a Channel 4 doco, reveals a series of taped interviews that Mark David Chapman conducted with journalist Jack Jones in prison, while dramatically reconstructing key events from the day of the killing.
Using these audio tapes as the central element, the programme will recreate one of the most notorious assassinations of the twentieth century. Beginning with the assassination the programme presents Chapman’s own view of his life, and the events that drove him to commit such a dramatic murder.
Running alongside Chapman’s story will be the parallel biography of John Lennon –represented using archive material and supporting interviews.
But the film has been criticised by the singer’s cousin, Stanley Parkes, who said it glorified a murderer. Channel 4 has denied the claims, adding that the neither the killer or his family had received payment.
It airs Tuesday, December 8, at 5.30pm on the Crime & Investigation Network.