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He wasn't unseasonably warm December -- thirty years ago.
When a musical icon and his wife were only steps away from the front entrance of that building.
The legendary Dakota apartments suddenly a lone gunman steps out of the shadows and -- four bullets into the man's back.
Hello I'm Bill Hemmer for Fox News reporting.
That man was forty year old -- planet he was on a career upswing during the fall of 1980 with big plans for the future.
What state would intervene in the form of a deeply troubled man man who would later bragged.
I was mr.
nobody until I killed the biggest somebody under.
John Lennon rose to fame as a member of The Beatles -- the most popular and influential musical acts in history.
Throughout his career his masterful songwriting skills showcase his brutal honesty his willingness to share his pain.
His dreams of peace and certainly a sense of hope.
All that endearing him to millions.
Join us as we get the inside story from those who were there during the last days of young man.
Here they aren't.
With The Beatles.
And sixties even -- Okay.
So this is the famous Beatles.
We need protection at the protection.
America was ready to escape the gloom that hovered over the country after the assassination of president Kennedy the previous November.
And for Lance from Liverpool John Lennon and George Harrison Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were just the ticket.
What within just saying what a funny everywhere.
Photographer Harry Benson accompanied the ban on the flight to the humans.
North for a while on the one couldn't think -- only one and number one and it -- and they -- it and I also.
-- -- to kicked off.
For the landmark live performance on the popular -- some -- -- -- 73 million watched.
A little hold your hand top the charts.
And was selling 101000 copies a day in New York City alone.
It was a whirlwind of publicity for the band and it was John Lennon's first time in New York City -- Music historian and author Philip Norman called a strange twist to one of their photo -- in Central Park.
That was just across from the -- -- And it's serious because.
That's the young job mutual America and just a really short walk away from it.
It's going to be just death.
John Lennon's love affair with the New York took -- a long way from the port city of Liverpool England.
Where he was born October ninth 1940.
John actually grew up in the very nice you -- so good.
No it's rough.
Which sometimes attributed to him his own 222.
Very very nice house with a -- -- State and thus we -- John's friend Elliot Mintz recalls how in his team's.
The rebellious Lennon had fallen under the spell of American rock and roll.
He was listening to Jerry Lewis.
Chuck Berry and -- -- John like the coach John like the rebuilding.
A sixteen year old John -- first met a fifteen year old Paul McCartney.
When the quarry men played on a makeshift stage at saint Peter's church in Liverpool.
It took three long years and many changes in personnel -- band names before they became known as The Beatles.
The band work hard to make a name for themselves at Liverpool's cavern club.
And were signed by EMI in 1962.
The record label carefully choreographed their image.
During the frenzy that greeted the -- at JFK airport in 1964.
Few knew that 243 year old John Lennon had a wife Cynthia.
And a ten month old son Julian.
When Julian was born and John had a choice of being.
Or on the absolutely sure.
And he opted to so -- Jones treatment -- -- Is inexcusable.
What you know Simon never considered what it was didn't I didn't -- and the mother was home I was away.
You have a favorite yes John.
The band played the 55000.
Fans at New York's Shea Stadium in the summer of 1960.
That was the ones that was but the constant strain of beatle mania took its hold on John land.
And some help.
Was -- rye were held.
He was really unhappy.
Being The Beatles that time.
As B fifty -- hammered -- -- Vietnam.
Americans began protesting the war.
It was then -- -- got himself in hot water when he was quoted as saying that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus it was seen as a very that's nothing to say.
Don't you forget what The Beatles have said don't forget to take your beatle record going your Beatles paraphernalia and one of our fourteenth pick up points of Birmingham Alabama.
While on tour in Lebanon apologized.
Just said -- -- it was wrong.
Always take my own and -- it's always -- that 1966.
Tour it would be their last.
They've been living in the -- And they were -- -- it.
Despite the controversy and with their concert days behind them.
The band saw -- on of the studio producing some of the most revolutionary rock music ever recorded.
They took these huge musical movies.
They want to be sort of part of -- up on god that it -- just playing partners.
John's pursuit of the Avant guard led into a new love in November of 1966.
In a London art gallery there's still married 26 year old -- met a 33 year old Japanese conceptual artist named Yoko Ono.
We didn't know we -- -- now.
John felt that he was imprisoned about people's.
This is why when he makes you look it was a real artist conception just it hit him so content.
Because your -- did not give a damn what anybody -- -- and she said to John.
Be the same as me.
I was so -- -- and it was an eighteen months a year before we even got near two.
Each other physically.
But when they did get together in 1968 they became inseparable.
That same year the couple was arrested in London for Canada's possession.
Although the charge against Yoko was dropped John pled guilty.
Years later it would come back to haunt them both in New York City -- still not seeing much of his five year old son John divorce Cynthia.
And married Yoko in Gibraltar in march of 1969.
Their honeymoon took place in an Amsterdam hotel room where they conducted a bizarre -- -- for peace.
We understand that there's certain days sort of has set up an idea on a -- that's it by the protests.
They held a second win in Montreal two months later we're just sitting sitting here in bed because of nonviolent.
Yeah it's an example of nonviolence and now.
A lot of people thought they were -- -- some crazy thing.
Funny go to his room.
-- home part of the sixties and win this sixties ended.
So did The Beatles the farm was falling apart -- -- The beatles' final album was let it be in 1970.
For John and Yoko there was no looking back.
When we return John and -- decide to -- here in New York City.
But some people in the US government.
We're not happy about that decision.
-- -- -- charm and just in the met up in America -- in 71.
Sort of by accident.
It would originally came out his attempts to help you cut.
Get back -- -- Utica.
Do it disappeared with her father -- her second husband Tony Cox.
Despite little contact with his son Julian John did not hesitate to devote a lot of time and money.
To the search for Kyoto.
During a bitter custody battle.
The little girl was taken underground by her father who was living a life on the run in a religious -- mother and daughter did reunite in 1994.
Richard Nixon's president.
In upstate new Yorker right in Attica prison claims forty lives.
With a temporary visa John and Yoko rented this apartment and bank street in Greenwich Village.
-- -- -- He adopted it -- -- -- he spoke that the sensibility.
Of New Yorkers.
Headed down to earth hour -- we will work.
-- the greatest place on -- on it this is role model and live in Rome not in Wales there was a degree of privacy because you.
Of course then he made himself for a public.
By allowing himself to radical courses.
And attracted the discussion the American government.
The early 1970s were a whirlwind of activity.
Besides making new music when it was very vocal.
In his supported the anti war movement.
He befriended radicals including Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin.
Patient service and the FB these other agencies thought he was its aggressive.
Some reluctance to -- you loves -- these recently declassified documents illustrate how the government.
Was focused on throwing John Lennon out of the country.
And it was that 1968.
British drug conviction that was one of the -- There's not being young in the open due to this country that would be doing any volatile he had the other.
Times the American public.
Squarely behind this was a losing battle that the government's fight but it's still -- for an on time.
Still immersed in their legal battle Johnny gill who traded downtown for uptown in 1973.
They moved it in New York's legendary -- bill.
-- -- was situated the corner of west 72 street in Central Park west.
And their new neighbors included actress Lauren Bacall and composer Leonard Bernstein.
But despite outward appearances all was not well in the -- marriage.
It was an impasse.
Between -- duke.
What caused it I don't know but there came a time where something would should work.
And you -- suggested that -- -- to Los Angeles.
And he did.
-- Los Angeles was a disaster.
When he wasn't in drug -- sessions with producer Phil Spector recording an album the fifties -- entitled rock and roll.
Most of his time was spent carousing in clubs like the troubadour.
Where he was ejected for -- Behaved.
It was a low point in his life he drank too much.
If there is anything.
Negative that could stated handled themselves -- John Lennon was Orlando's -- Although his former assistant may paying had become his girlfriend Yoko remain foremost in his mind.
His only wish his only desire was to get back to -- -- -- woman he loved his life which she called.
I really really needed to be with -- and could not.
Literally survive without it.
And I just went to pieces.
Intent on getting back with -- John returned to new York and the couple finally reconciled in January of 1975.
It became a year of good news Yoko became pregnant and their son Sean was born at Johns 35 birthday October night.
That same day John learned that he finally won his immigration back.
This time he would choose family over career I didn't really think about music -- told my guitar was that a hung up on behind the bed literally.
Yet -- -- -- days -- the first time in my life I didn't have to do anything.
I can now spend some time with my news on my wife.
And not have the -- -- anyway.
Hitless since the early sixties that we signed to a record deal.
And he was either John Lennon speed or -- -- -- speed on this is a time where he really can rediscover who he was.
He's much older wise.
Can see his own shortcomings.
That's apparent the first time answering determines no -- would be closer to his son this time around that he has to -- Five years he just was he a foot slugging parent.
With the stroller with shown.
Looking often put him today it's looking songs being that the attentive dad did you hadn't been -- before.
As the years went by -- seem to be enjoying his new domestic life style.
But the competitive rock star was still lurking inside him.
Who was watching -- -- he was doing.
What you won't be charged it was -- Feeling -- he should be there in the top twenty he didn't just cut off from it.
When we return a -- Beatles fan who considered John Lennon's words and music.
Begins to -- the unthinkable.
New York City was becoming the epicenter of Disco.
But during that -- John Lennon was embracing his role as a house husband raising Sean -- that a -- Meanwhile 5000.
Miles away in Hawaii.
A disturbed 22 year old by the name of Mark David Chapman was intent on killing himself.
Who's an oddball kid.
Journalist Jim Gaines spent more than fifty hours interviewing -- for People Magazine.
He made up these friends the little people to have playmates.
Like millions of other teenagers Chapman who worship The Beatles especially John Lennon.
Following their lead he began to experiment with drugs like marijuana cocaine and -- Power.
At age sixteen Chapman declared himself a born again Christian -- says that he was done with drugs and The Beatles are.
As a camp counselor Chapman's dislike of The Beatles intensified.
And he became incensed at -- perceived mockery christianity in 1966.
He was also angered by these lyrics and Lennon's 1971 classic imagine.
But that was not at all.
-- On the beach and deeply depressed the -- dropped out and former security guard tried to commit suicide.
He went to the beach in Waikiki and hooked -- a host of the car.
And fishermen came along and hand.
Found out and found and stopped them.
And he went to the mental hospital where he was treated and eventually became a worker.
As a maintenance worker at the Castle Medical Center -- -- -- Chapman began dating a Japanese American travel agent named Gloria aid.
They married in 1979.
She knew she was married to a very troubled person.
Chapman's demons would not go away his depression deepened the little people he imagined as a child were back.
His twisted fantasies now including killing a celebrity to make a name for himself.
The list included people like Johnny Carson Elizabeth Taylor.
And John -- In June of 1980 John travel to Bermuda.
And yet his guitar and boom box that he recorded songs and he was going back and forth with Yoko on the phone they were they were inspiring each other.
And he was proof as prolific as she needed to be vigilant all of us.
And what -- oh yeah.
-- a rock and roll it.
They'll you know American.
-- decided the time had come to get back in the game.
He entered New York city's hit factory recording studio.
On August 71980.
There -- -- -- -- veil of secrecy about its actions he didn't help it was gonna work he wasn't completely sure and they'll be big embarrassment if it was a big press.
It to end the record -- come out.
These exclusive unpublished photos document Lennon's first day in -- recording studio in nearly five years.
This sessions for it to be quite productive.
And then import to the fall of 1980.
To put the finishing touches on what would become double fantasy and I'm -- to it.
The guys and thousands.
With a V duo in school to -- the sixties through the survive the return to the forty year old superstar back to the spotlight was getting a lot of press that fall.
-- was on an upswing.
But in the Hawaii now working as a security guard Mark David Chapman continued his own downward spiral.
Chapman read a book called John Lennon one day at a time.
Which described -- luxurious lifestyle in the Dakota.
Now he said he felt betrayed by the man who sang imagine no possessions.
-- It's yeah.
Chapman had also developed an obsession with JD Salinger's 1951.
To catcher in the wrong.
If you read the book in the field it -- you would see.
He was gonna save the children from -- influence on mind.
He would sit naked rocking to The Beatles.
And thinking and praying to -- To give him the strength.
To carry out this mission.
Coming up he'll meet the man who conducted the last interview with John Lennon.
Inside the Dakota just hours before his words.
And everything just.
October 23 1980 Mark David Chapman quit his job as a security guard at a white -- condominium.
He signed this -- book as John life.
On October 24 John -- releases new single.
Just like starting over would soon flooded the airwaves.
Later that same week Chapman with a 38 caliber gun in his check back.
-- from Hawaii to New York intent on murder.
But Japanese plans ran into problems when he was prevented by New York City -- from buying bullets without the proper permits.
So we flew to Atlanta.
We're a close friend obtain hollow point bullets.
For Chapman's 38 caliber snub nosed revolver.
After returning to New York he suddenly abandon his plan and went home to Hawaii.
He called Gloria and said he had -- a great victory and the great victory was a victory between god and say.
It was basically -- saying kill him kill him kill him.
And god saying.
Meanwhile John -- continued to work on his comeback.
The double fantasy album was released on November 17.
-- -- was his statement to us.
-- that his state of mind that vision that is life ET get a mixed reaction it was a kinder.
Sweeter John Lennon that maybe the critics were expecting.
You're looking at pictures photographer -- -- and -- took of John and Yoko.
In their favorite spot in Central Park November 21 1980.
It was very casual.
The pictures for the most part very candid they were really enjoying being with each other they were joking around -- -- we walked back to the Dakota.
I -- some of them with the building in the background.
And than we did some substance to -- wasn't.
That same week ten and bomb also photographed a video issued to -- did.
At an art gallery in Greenwich Village.
The -- that they were doing was coming into this room just roving.
Getting in bed and pretending to -- -- I was astonished I couldn't believe what I was seeing the pictures those it was.
It was amazing -- how to -- goes nude and bed and said you know what I like about your pictures.
Really captured you goes -- And you know Doug faced the basically telling me that -- it's still have to play hard to this thing.
Back in Hawaii Mark David Chapman made new plans to kill.
That forces in and that have not been resolved started building up again.
And he started again -- Satan to kill John Lannan.
And he told Gloria that he had to go back to New York.
For some self discovery promised -- wasn't gonna -- job.
Chapman arrived in New York Saturday December 6.
In this 1980 interview taxi driver mark Snyder told W any W now fox five.
That he picked up the killer who claim to be an engineer for The Rolling Stones and that she had just come from a recording session.
Lennon McCartney were there and and they they let me and they told me a much admired my work.
As an engineer.
And you know to me this is so ecstatic to think that John Lennon.
Would control -- would tell me how great my -- -- The killer checked in -- sixteen dollar and fifty cent a night room.
At the 63 street YMCA the next night he moved to the more upscale Sheraton center on seventh avenue.
Where he stayed in room 2730.
He's staked out.
-- it almost three days and there were lots of fans outside the Dakota every day and stand out there wondered in my if we do this or -- knocked it.
Monday December 8 the Christmas tree was prepared to be -- at Rockefeller Center.
Inside the Dakota -- and sent down for an afternoon radio interview with San Francisco disc jockey Dave Shula.
He could not have been more more positive.
I'm -- looking forward to doing more music.
He wondered you know just of the song starting over this is the beginning I'm ready to do all kinds of things like -- believe in love.
He -- it would be impossible.
Thinking of my work won't be finished until Londonderry and I hope that's a long long time he talked about.
Raising -- in fact we talked about it at one point so much.
That it was like you were doing a child rearing.
And in her view -- -- -- causing illness -- that the muscles.
So make shows -- if you know what something's not once and he says he's changed.
Well show linen -- chatted Chapman lurked outside the Dakota with a copy of the catcher in the rye and -- new album.
And -- little left for recording session around 5 PM.
A nervous Chapman asked him to sign his album which Lenin did incredibly.
The moment was caught by an amateur photographer.
-- did have that thought there's no protection is -- securities just standing out here.
-- show and then gave John and Yoko a lift to the studio.
The ride over woods just.
Fabulous touched a lot of things we talk for a bit about his relationship with Paul.
-- since he was like a brother but it's all said and done we love each.
Show lindros John and -- off here 321 west 44 street there -- a recordings sitting here known as the record plant.
John and -- spent the evening working on -- personal.
Walking on the night before returning to the Dakota shortly before 11 PM.
After that coda that killer waited in the shadows.
As John -- Yoko exited their limousine.
-- -- For hollow point bullets hit -- in the back and shoulder.
John still managed to climb up the steps to the -- security -- -- where he mumbled I'm shot before collapsing.
Yoko was screaming the doorman was screaming every -- screaming and Chapman just opened his book of catcher in the right answer -- -- pockets seventy seconds.
Lightweight and call came over reports of shots why.
Isn't in and around the Dakota.
Less than two minutes after receiving the call.
NYPD officer Peter Cullen and his partners -- -- where there.
That was a man standing in the street pointing into the archway.
Saying that's the man doing the shooting night the -- any English he was dressed and -- old clothes and she's known him him.
He pointed to -- He says he shot John Lennon.
-- my area actual speech did watch -- instantly it was woods was very calm and was almost like.
-- he had not me I put this guy against the wall -- the next thing this guy says to me is I acted alone.
I thought was a very strange statement to make at the time.
While spiraling Colin dealt with Chapman officers Tony Palmer and -- Roland Berger who rushed into the -- security office.
I -- the woman standing over me.
Body that was laying face down.
I pushed her -- away.
Turned over -- -- and was bleeding profusely I bent down.
To see if I could get a pulse and it was a pulse.
Three -- -- attendance at.
-- and ambulances ten minutes now.
So -- just said let's go and people will feature we pick him up.
And I had him by the shoulders I had a -- Which supported.
The middle of this body by.
Script has changed.
They actually were trying to put him in this spot but -- -- -- blockade by at a police cause another.
Of the people that was stopping to see what was going on.
It was Maria's car that pulled up I was in the car people outside things John Lennon John Lennon was shot as they were police and of course the -- -- I guess if you which unlimited.
And courteous who went down commemorative.
Light and siren -- away.
Back of the Dakota a frantic Yoko Ono followed Paul -- and for ellenberger into the street.
-- I didn't know sir.
And she she wanted to get in the car but I think it was a good idea so I held -- we'll take cannot cause.
Paul in for Alan -- drove -- -- -- Roosevelt hospital Steve spiral and Peter -- prepared to take Mark David Chapman to the fortieth precinct.
We put him in -- -- default cost and started going to a precinct.
And at one point he said he apologized -- -- -- on night accidentally.
Coming up meet the man who literally held John Lennon's hard in his hands.
After being shot four times John Lennon was rushed here and a squad car to Roosevelt hospital.
He had lost nearly 80% of his one yeah.
The doors moment and I kind -- around them.
After a motorcycle accident New York's WABC news producer Alan Weiss.
We -- the are being treated for a leg injury.
Two police officers standing over my bed -- -- the other can you believe it John Lennon.
He'll look my eyes but doesn't excuse is that what you're saying and the officer I didn't say anything -- -- was traveling on.
He takes this to work where I was.
And that no clothes on.
And adjustments -- a lot of blood -- he was lifeless.
Had no pulse no blood pressure not breathing.
Doctor Stephen -- and led his team and a feverish attempt.
To save John Lennon's life.
We open the -- we found that all of the blood vessels leaving the heart had basically been totally destroyed.
I literally held John women's heart in my hand we pumped it.
But it was clear that what ever we did there was no way that we were going to be able to repair those -- vessels coming down the -- -- It is be Asian movement on the arms.
Of a cop.
And looked like you know go on to me I realized I -- Officer Tony Paul -- was with Yoko Ono.
My upon her from -- Came into the -- waiting in the nation's.
You know it's John and and we doing.
And I then I looked at -- moments this is Yoko -- At approximately.
1110 or 11:15 that evening John Lennon was pregnant.
And then doctor -- had to face a wife and tell her.
That her husband was dead and I said -- her.
I have bad news for you.
Your husband has guidance by double -- resisted efforts her response was strong and immediate and it was no.
Can't be you're lying to tell me it's not true he's not dead.
She was literally lying on the floor of the emergency department and concrete banging your head against the floor I put my hand.
Behind your head for fear that she in fact was going to injures.
I just picked up an -- and I said what about you.
You know you want to see this on television where you -- -- And she.
She came out of it and she said I gotta get home to show.
After we realize that -- stated we sent talked about -- we're gonna get her out of here you know all kinds of fanfare.
Outside the front of Roosevelt hospital was a sea of reporters.
And I told her who you vote today there was a side entrance on fifty H unit since you posted at the world.
And and you wait there -- This photo captured for ellenberger sneaking Yoko -- a back door diplomas waiting patrol car he stands sped off to the Dakota when I arrived at that the color.
It was -- -- camera crews.
People -- history.
With candles back in the ER a frantic Alan Weiss was having no luck getting to a phone until he saw one of the officers.
Who brought him to the ER that night for his injury -- -- I got to make a phone call he said why so because John -- -- yeah.
He hasn't told you that.
Have known exactly told me but I think there are two officers say that so you he leaned over -- -- the phone from the him.
The nursing station after -- -- -- -- ABC broke into Monday Night Football.
They called Howard Cosell Kasagic interrupt Frank Gifford who's doing generation that moment in the game.
To report that John had been shot I mean it isn't the word spread so fast that went.
Credible at the twentieth.
-- -- squandering the interrogation of Chapman began.
First thing he said to us was all I like cops.
You know you guys are okay I'll tell you -- whole story noble.
I can't find.
Chapman signed this document admitting to the murder of John -- but he also added quote he never wanted to hurt anybody.
Sits on the you know -- what you've done here.
And he just looked at me and said I killed myself I'm gentlemen.
And I just -- just shook my head.
-- mean that point I want -- thrown out the window.
When we return you'll hear about a perk that John Lennon's killer.
Receive -- day in prison that many find quite disturbing.
Good evening it's almost 24 hours since John Lennon was murdered and people are still outside his apartment house tonight.
Thank you very shocking acts when it comes over him -- respect this man and Sharon agree but everybody else.
When John was tragically killed.
Record sales for double fantasy.
There was no funeral held for John -- Instead you'll cool to last for ten minutes of silence around the world on Sunday December 14.
Photographer Alan -- -- was at the vigil held in Central Park.
There was so many people there.
John meant a lot to New Yorkers.
Was one of us.
I think everybody was.
Feeling terrible that something like this can happen in New York City that was a very.
Emotional tribute to deal.
Is this he was one of originals and.
Leno doesn't like him again I think that it's very high for -- to feel that and getting.
And you're looking to grow very old are you can't.
-- -- so Google didn't.
Chapman killed -- online and to be somebody.
And to capture the glory of -- for himself.
After pleading guilty Chapman was sentenced to twenty years to life in August of 1981.
He is doing his time here at Attica prison in upstate New York he.
Became fearful that somebody was gonna kill him he's lived -- that fear often on.
All the time he's been in prison.
Almost seven years after the murder.
Jim Gaines brought photographer Harry Benson to Attica the photograph Chapman for People Magazine.
It was an eerie encounter with the murderer for Benson who would come to America with The Beatles.
In 1960 floor.
It before we -- any pictures.
I want to apologize.
To you from killing.
Your friend Joan -- You shouldn't ten minute -- didn't.
I'm very very talented.
Friend of -- Recently denied parole for the sixth time Chapman is allowed to participate in the family reunion program.
Which lets him have three to five conjugal visits per year with his wife Gloria.
Now married for 31 years Fox News -- -- at her home in Hawaii she refused our request for -- -- New York State senator Michael -- Leo was trying to outlaw all the Stanley reunion program.
His hands on murderer.
Like Mark David Chapman be allowed a country will visit to give it a prisoner perk of any sort it's an assault took.
Yoko has opposed to release of her husband's killer.
And still writes letters to the Parole Board her words and in 1990 interview with fox reporter Steve Dunleavy.
Still resonate today.
Do you think.
In this -- of pace.
Could you ever really -- forgive my internship.
Well you know I think that the -- -- it -- -- Nat Faxon and -- person who is trying to assassinate him.
He again and -- forgave him and -- And that the Pope.
Stay tuned for more on the last days.
Thirty years after his death John Lennon's music.
He's still bringing people together.
The there's songs are so incredibly well written and so strong and so touching to people.
This is strawberry fields the memorial in Central Park that honors the life of John went.
The Beatles remain cultural icons and big sellers despite it being.
Forty years since they broke out there is big in the digital age as they were back behind it was came.
Yoko -- is still lives in the Dakota recently there was a rare reunion of the -- and families that are New York photo gallery that featured -- Leon's work as a photographer.
Bearish on his mother Yoko Cindy and her son Julian happily posed for the cameras.
John Lennon firmly believed and -- That music can change the world for Fox News reporting on Bill Hemmer.
Good night from New York.
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