Dr. David Halleran told Fox News yesterday November 8, 2015 in a television interview that he was actually the primary physician who worked on John Lennon the night he died. Saying he has decided to come forward with his story now, he refutes the claims of other doctors who have been interviewed many times over the years about their roles that night. The Fox News segment by Howard Kurtz on “Media Buzz” was called “What really happened the night John Lennon died?” Kurtz said that the narrative on what happened that night, from important medical details, to Yoko Ono’s reactions, has been wrong for thirty-five years; this story begs the question, “Will the real doctor who worked on John Lennon please stand up?”
John Lennon was shot outside his home at the Dakota Apartments in New York at 10:50pm the night of December 8, 1980. Two police officers drove him to St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital when it was clear they didn’t have time to wait for an ambulance. Dr. Halleran told Kurtz that “Two other doctors have taken credit for trying to save John Lennon’s life.” He is referring to Dr. Stephan Lynn and Dr. Richard Marks, who have often told their stories of working on Lennon that night.
Since that time, he says he never saw the interviews the other two doctors have given. But when the thirtieth anniversary approached, he saw an interview with Dr. Lynn, who described his work on Lennon in full detail, including cutting him open and “massaging his heart in his hands.” Dr. Halleran, incensed, decided it was time to set the record straight. (Read this interview with Lynn, “Recalling the night he held Lennon’s still heart”, NY Times, December 8, 2005. Also see this You Tube interview with Dr. Lynn describing his story.)
Dr. Richard Marks was also interviewed for a People Magazine article about Lennon for the tenth anniversary (December 10, 1990) and said he was the emergency room surgeon that night who worked frantically on Lennon and opened his chest, (never mentioning Dr. Lynn or Dr. Halleran.) “When I realized that he wasn’t going to make it, I just sewed him back up. I felt helpless,” Marks said in that interview.
Now Dr. Halleran says neither of them did very much that night, and that he was the one who tried in vain to save Lennon’s life. The other nurses who attended to John that night support Dr. Halleran’s story, saying the other two doctors “didn’t do anything.” Nurse DeSoto said Dr. Lynn came back to the hospital to help, only after discovering it was John Lennon they were working on, because he was the Director of Emergency Room Service at the time. Because of his position, he needed to be informed, and he was the one who went outside and addressed the shocked crowd as they waited for news on Lennon’s prognosis. But he did not work on Lennon, they claim, because they were already done by the time he got there.
Yoko Ono’s reaction to hearing the news of her husband’s death has apparently been embellished as well. According to Dr. Lynn, Yoko’s reaction was violent. “Dr. Lynn remembers that Ono lay down and began hitting her head against the floor.” But Nurse DeSoto said yesterday that Dr. Lynn was not even there when Yoko Ono was brought in, but Dr. Halleran, and that Yoko did not bang her head on the floor. Yoko Ono also confirmed this in a response to the station, saying “I did not bang my head on the floor.” She said that would have caused “harm to herself” and that she knew she had to be calm for Sean’s sake as his mother. The oft-repeated story now appears to be false, calling into question Dr. Lynn’s recollections altogether.
However even though Dr. Halleran claims this is the first time he has come forward, there is a You Tube interview with him from December of 2011, which is posted above.
The medical reports from that night have never been released to the public.
In other news: John Lennon’s iconic acoustic J-160 guitar just sold at auction for $2.41 million. The guitar had been stolen decades ago. Also the Beatles drum head used by Ringo Starr on the 1964 Ed Sullivan show also sold for over $2 million.