The meeting took place at the couple’s office at Apple, London.
Hanratty had been convicted and hanged for the murder of scientist Michael Gregsten. Gregsten had been shot dead in a car on the A6 road near Clophill, Bedfordshire, England, in August 1961. His partner, Valerie Storie, had been raped and shot five times, and left paralysed.
For years Hanratty’s family had fought against his conviction, arguing that the evidence against him was insufficient. In 1997 a police inquiry ruled that he was wrongfully convicted. However, in 2002 the Court of Appeal ruled that DNA evidence conclusively proved his guilt beyond doubt.
Lennon and Ono were among many supporters of Hanratty’s innocence. Their meeting with Hanratty’s parents was also attended by campaigner Edith Whicher.
Following the meeting, it was announced that Lennon and Ono would make a film about the A6 murder. Lennon was quoted as saying: “I believe in ‘Thou shalt not hill,’ I believe in turning the other cheek.”
Also on this day...
- 2011: Paul McCartney live: Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
- 2009: Paul McCartney live: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
- 1976: Album release: Wings Over America by Wings
- 1969: George Harrison live: Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen with Delaney & Bonnie
- 1968: John Lennon rehearses for The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus
- 1965: Live: Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith, London
- 1964: Ringo Starr leaves hospital
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Hambleton Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Blue Gardenia Club, London
- 1960: John Lennon leaves Hamburg
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