35 years ago today, John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his New York City apartment building. Since his death, the musician’s name has practically become synonymous with peace and love. That was a side of him, of course, but art is also artifice.

On the anniversary of Lennon’s death, it’s interesting to take a look at the darker side of the former Beatle member’s nature—such as the time he nearly killed a man who implied Lennon was gay—as revealed through his and others’ quotes:

John Lennon Kissing Yoko
John Lennon Yoko Truck
John Lennon Wtc
John Lennon Interview
21 Surprising Quotes That Reveal A Darker Side Of John Lennon
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Richard Stockton
Richard Stockton is a freelance science and technology writer from Sacramento, California.
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