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John Lennon's Killer Says He Deserved Death Penalty

Mark Chapman apologized to Ono nearly 40 years after he assassinated The Beatles lead singer John Lennon- File Mark Chapman apologized to Ono nearly 40 years after he assassinated The Beatles lead singer John Lennon- File
Adrian Cunningham | 17 October, 2020, 14:33

It was a copy of this album which Lennon signed for Chapman just hours before he murdered him. But the fantasy about Lennon's return was abruptly shattered by Chapman's four bullets. He had retired from music in 1975 to focus on raising his son with Yoko Ono, Sean. Lennon was murdered in December that year aged 40. I remember I was in my 20s, and I was conscious of the times and the press and presidency and all of that and how they looked upon anti-war people.

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The 65-year-old apologised to Lennon's family, saying that he thinks about the murder "all the time".

He said: "I just want to reiterate that I'm sorry for my crime". I don't have any excuse. This was for self-glory. "I think about it all of the time", Chapman said.

"I assassinated him... because he was very, very, very famous and that's the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish".

"He was a human being and I knew I was going to kill him". But, his attempt fell on deaf ears.

"When asked if his thinking had changed since being incarcerated 40 years for shooting Lennon, Chapman said, "It was just self-glory, period", later adding", It was nothing more than that.

Discussing his love of the book at the time, he told the board how he had identified with the main character's "isolation" and "loneliness".

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Despite his admission of guilt, Chapman was denied parole and will not be eligible to apply again until 2022.

He added: "If released, I'd want to continue to tell people about the Lord".

Chapman's parole was denied, partly due to his remarking "infamy brings glory" after one of the parole commissioners said that his definition of glory sounded like infamy, ABC News reports.

"It arouses his" personal development and effective utilization of time" but his" egocentric actions lacked the opportunity for future lovers to go through the exact words of inspiration this artist supply for countless individuals".

"Your violent act caused devastation to not only family and former band members, but the world", it added.

During last month's parole hearing, Chapman, who has had a parole hearing every two years since 2000, described what he did as a "despicable act" that was "pretty creepy", The Telegraph, a United Kingdom outlet, reports.

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 1980, file photo, a crowd gathers outside the Dakota apartment building after John Lennon, who lived there, was shot hours earlier in front of the building when returning home on the evening of December 8. He then ended his plea with a statement of apology to Yoko Ono.