A new book asserts that we have been tracking the wrong conspiracy. Just like the old days when John and Paul would compete with each other, we now have two Beatles one-upping each other in the conspiracy market. The interesting thing is that some of the elements overlap.
The new book, "The Lennon Prophecy" says that John Lennon made a pact with the devil, acquired worldly riches and fame, did his best to undermine Christianity, and then died violently when the devil came to fulfill the contract. The author, a first generation fan named Joseph Niezgoda insists that there are tons of clues in the Beatles' and Lennon's solo output.
He points to this picture in "Magical Mystery Tour" where John sells tickets.
The sign behind John reads "The best way to go is by M&D Co." MDC are the initials of Lennon's Killer.
Niezgoda interprets the die-cut inner sleeve and the enclosed record of "Imagine" as a shooting target.
Many will think some of the clues are a stretch, but it does get interesting when Niezgoda observes that on the back of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" cover, the words "lose their soul" are placed perfectly in the middle of Lennon's belt. He also puts an original spin on "Revolution 9."
Other clues can be found on the web site for the book and its associated blog, and more are promised. The site even invites readers to submit their own clues. The sad irony is that even though this book suggests that John Lennon sold his soul to the devil, it won't be nearly as damaging to John's reputation as the Philip Norman book, "John Lennon: The Life."
Here is the Press Release for "The Lennon Prophecy."