Exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses to John Lennon’s murder, unseen crime-scene photos and discussions with experts — including the psychiatrist who first assessed confessed murderer Mark David Chapman — shed light on the music icon’s killing, according to a new trailer Apple TV+ dropped Tuesday for the documentary series John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial.
The three-part series, narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland, debuts on Apple TV+ December 6.
John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial trailer offers a closer look at John Lennon’s murder investigation
The trailer doesn’t suggest the series will unveil new bombshell revelations 43 years after the New York City shooting of John Lennon. But it does appear to take a fresh look at Lennon’s last days, confessed killer Mark David Chapman and the investigation that resulted in his conviction.
“The docuseries features exclusive eyewitness interviews and previously unseen crime scene photos, shedding new light on the life and murder of music and cultural icon John Lennon, and the investigation and conviction of Mark David Chapman, his confessed killer,” the streaming service said.
And here’s how Apple described the series and some of its intriguing source material:
John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial is a deeply researched examination of John Lennon’s 1980 murder, which shocked and saddened the world. The production was granted extensive Freedom of Information Act requests from the New York City Police Department, the Board of Parole and the District Attorney’s office; and the series includes exclusive interviews including Richard Peterson, a taxi driver who was witness to the shooting; Jay Hastings, a doorman at The Dakota building who heard Lennon’s last words; David Suggs, Chapman’s defense lawyer; Elliot Mintz, a confidant to Lennon and Yoko Ono; and Dr. Naomi Goldstein, the psychiatrist who first assessed Chapman.
So it appears this could be an interesting documentary for the details and context it provides to the well-known story.
Watch the trailer:
BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning 72 Films produced the series for Apple TV+. Nick Holt (The Murder Trial, Responsible Child) and Rob Coldstream (Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain) directed it. David Glover (9/11: One Day in America), Mark Raphael (Crime and Punishment) and Coldstream executive produced, alongside producers Simon Bunney and Louis Lee Ray.
Watch it and other documentaries on Apple TV+
The growing slate of Apple TV+ documentary films includes this year’s most Emmy Award-nominated documentary feature, Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, and the NAACP Image Award-winning film Sidney, about legendary actor Sidney Poitier. Recently Apple released Stephen Curry: Underrated, the remarkable coming-of-age story of one of the most influential. dynamic and unexpected players in basketball history, plus The Pigeon Tunnel, which traces the secretive life of spy-turned-novelist David Corwell (better known as John le Carré).
Apple TV+ is available by subscription for $6.99 with a seven-day free trial. You can also get it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.
After first airing in November 2019, “Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 299 wins and 1,451 award nominations and counting,” the service said.