Multiple John Lennons Involved in Brazilian Crime Wave
John Lennon was known for having more than his fair share of brushes with the law while he was alive, but this is ridiculous.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that no fewer than four men named John Lennon have been involved in a recent Brazilian crime wave -- with one of them even turning up as the victim of what's being described as a revenge killing.
The arrests all occurred over the span of a few weeks, starting with the Dec. 19 collaring of suspected murderer John Lenon Camargos Gomes. On Jan. 8, police nabbed John Lennon Fonseca Ferreira during an attempted robbery; the following day, they discovered the body of John Lennon Sebastiao da Silva in the back seat of a car. Finally, on Feb. 1, John Lennon Ribeiro Siqueira was foiled while trying to rob a shop.
It's all rather bizarre-sounding on the surface, but as the Daily Mail's report points out, there's a reason for all these John Lennons heading to the hoosegow. As in most other parts of the world, the Beatles were tremendously popular in Brazil during their heyday -- to the extent that "thousands of mothers" named their sons after Lennon in tribute after Lennon was murdered on Dec. 8, 1980.