was killed thirty years ago today.
So wildly famous, and the recipient of such adulation, that he in his own mind, with his compadres, was bigger than Jesus Christ. More influential, he later clarified.
John: "Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it's true more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this."
In the event, the devil won when the assassin's bullets found their mark. There can be no rationalization by which murder is justified.
John Lennon 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980 RIP