American Justice: John Lennon Assassination
"American Justice" host Bill Kurtis probes the troubled mind of Mark David Chapman, the unbalanced Beatles fan who grew up worshipping John Lennon, then stalked and murdered him in 1980. Through conversations with many involved in the case, including Chapman's attorneys, the arresting officer and -- in a rare taped interview from his cell -- Chapman himself, this gripping episode revisits the assassination and the events leading up to it.
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Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
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English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this somewhat dry documentary series focuses on criminal cases, most of which feature violent acts and/or sex crimes -- including mass murder, rape, and pedophilia. While the acts themselves are never shown, the discussions of the events are often graphic and explicit (and occasionally include bloody crime-scene photos). Expect some bleeped cursing and talk of drug and alcohol abuse as well.
- Sexual Content
- Criminal sexual behavior (including prostitution, pedophilia, and assault) is often explicitly discussed within the context of a criminal case, but the events are never seen or re-enacted.
- Violent acts -- including sexual assaults, shootings, stabbings, and murder -- are described, often in great detail. Gang violence is also discussed. These events are never seen happening, but sometimes bloody crime scene photos are shown.
- Some accounts of past events and recordings of conversations held by alleged criminals include swearing, from "damn" and "hell" to "s--t" and "f--k" (the stronger words are bleeped).
- Social Behavior
- Featured cases often deal with disturbing criminal social behavior. Criminals, victims, and others affected by the case are of diverse ages, sexual orientations, races, and ethnic backgrounds. The show also highlights the intricacies of the legal system, including laws that can be considered discriminatory.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Alcohol and drug abuse is sometimes detailed. Some cases deal with illegal drug transactions or drug-related gangs. Cigarette smoking is sometimes visible in file footage.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it