Though purely co-incidental, J.D. Salinger’s celebrated novel “catcher in the rye” had a close association with the murder of legendary Jon Lennon. It was found that Mark Chapman, the murderer of Lennon, after shooting Lennon was calmly waiting at the spot, reading the novel.
Does the novel triggers assassination mentality?
The controversy with catcher in the rye is that it had influenced 3 most well known assassins. It is perceived that Chapman, being a passionate Christian, was influenced by the novel s so deeply that he took the atheism of Lennon on a very serious note. Aside, as the same book was found in possession of John Hinckley, the person who tried to stab ex- US president Ronald Regan, the concept was propounded that the novel is a trigger for assassination.