Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, admitted in his last parole hearing that he was looking for fame
Chapman made the comments in response to questions from a parole board last month that denied him the eleventh time parole. As in previous parole board hearings, the now 65-year-old inmate expressed remorse for shooting the former Beatle in front of the musician’s mansion in Manhattan.
“I murdered him … because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason, and I was very, very, very, very looking for high-handedness. Very selfish, ”Chapman said, according to a transcript the state released Monday after a request for open records.
Looking back 40 years later, Chapman called his actions “creepy” and “despicable”. He said he kept thinking about the pain he inflicted on Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono.
“I just want her to know that she knows her husband like no other and what kind of man he was. I didn’t do it, ”he said.
Chapman shot Lennon dead on the night of December 8, 1980 when he and Ono returned to their apartment on the Upper West Side. Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman that day on a copy of his recently released album “Double Fantasy”.
“He was really nice to me that day,” said Chapman.
Chapman is serving a 20-year prison sentence in the Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo. He told the board that he would have “no complaint at all” if they left him in prison for the rest of his life.
JOHN LENNON’S KILLER SAYS DAMAGED HIMSELF FOR SHOTING FORMER BEATLE: “I was in too far.”
“I deserve zero, nothing. At the time, I earned the death penalty. If you knowingly plan to kill someone and you know they are wrong and you do it yourself, I believe that right there is a death penalty, ”he said.
When he was denied parole, the board said Chapman had committed an “evil act” and found his statement that “shame brings you fame” troubling.
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Chapman will be back on parole in August 2022.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.