Convicted murderer Mark Chapman apologized to Yoko Ono for killing her husband forty years ago, and revealed he killed John Lennon for “glory.”
Two months prior to John Lennon’s 80th birthday, his killer was up for parole for the eleventh time. The now 65-year-old apologized for the murder to the Wende Correctional Facility’s parole board.
“I just want to reiterate that I’m sorry for my crime. I have no excuse,” he said at his hearing in New York. “This was for self-glory. I think it’s the worst crime that there could be to do something to someone that’s innocent.”
Lennon was assassinated on December, 8, 1980, while entering his New York City home with his wife Ono. He was shot four times in the back with a .38 special revolver and was pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital. After the shooting, Chapman stayed at the crime scene reading The Catcher in the Rye until he was arrested by NYPD.
The shooter reasoned that he killed Lennon because of his heightened fame, and Chapman himself was “seeking self-glory.” He also addressed his fixation with the book he was reading at the murder scene, claiming he related to the lead character’s “isolation” and “loneliness.”
In his statement to the parole board, Chapman, who is now a devout Christian, apologized to Ono. “I want to add that and emphasize that greatly. It was an extremely selfish act. I’m sorry for the pain that I caused to her. I think about it all of the time.”
Ono has opposed each of Chapman’s attempts for release, “One thing I think is that he did it once, he could do it again, to somebody else – you know. It could be me, it could be Sean [Lennon], it could be anybody, so there is that concern.”
Chapman told the parole board that he had no complaints if they chose not to release him. “When you knowingly plot someone’s murder and know it’s wrong and you do it for yourself, that’s a death penalty right there in my opinion.”
He was denied parole on the finding that he “would be incompatible with the welfare of society.” Chapman is eligible for parole again in two years, but the board noted, “”Your violent act caused devastation to not only family and former band members, but the world.”
Lennon’s family is planning a celebration of his life on what would have been his 80th birthday.
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— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) September 21, 2020