“I wanted to become famous”: the killer of John Lennon explained his act and apologized to Yoko Ono

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Mark Chapman said he had no right to complain if he was left in prison for the rest of his life.

In 1980, Mark Chapman shot and killed John Lennon near the house where he lived with his wife Yoko Ono. It is known that Mark called out to the musician and fired five shots, four of which reached the target. John was quickly taken to the hospital, but he could not be saved – he died of blood loss. And Chapman is still serving a life sentence in prison.

Last month, he was denied parole for the eleventh time. During the hearing, Chapman stated that he killed the 40-year-old rock star for fame and that he deserves the death penalty or life imprisonment.

I just want to say it again that I’m sorry for my crime

Chapman said to the parole board at Wenda Correctional Facility in New York.

I have no excuse. This was done for self-affirmation. This is the worst crime to do something to someone innocent. He was incredibly popular. I didn’t kill him because of his personality or what kind of person he is. He had a family, he was an icon. Even then, he could talk about things that we are talking about only now. I killed him because he was very, very, very popular, and that’s the only reason. And I really, really, really wanted to be famous, it’s very selfish,

– said Mark.

Chapman emphasized that he considered this to be incredible selfishness, and added:

I am so sorry that I caused her [Йоко Оно] so much pain. I think about it all the time. When you deliberately contemplate murder and know that it is wrong, and you do it for yourself, this is immediately the death penalty, I believe. Someone will disagree with me, but now everyone gets a second chance. I don’t deserve anything. If the law and you decide to leave me here forever, I have nothing to complain about,

– summed up the prisoner in a conversation with the commission.

In 2015, Ono said in an interview that she was afraid of Mark’s release, and she contested his early release requests.

If he did it then, he can do it again, but with someone else. Maybe with me, maybe with my son,

– noted Yoko.

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