John Lennon’s killer tells parole board “I had evil in my heart”

The man who shot John Lennon outside a New York City apartment building in 1980 told a parole board that he knew it was wrong to kill the beloved ex-Beatle, but was looking for fame and “I had evil in my heart. “

Mark David Chapman commented in August to a board that denied him parole for the 12th time, citing “selfish disregard for human life of global consequence”. Chapman said in a transcript released Monday by state officials under a Freedom of Information request that the decision to kill Lennon was “my big answer to everything. I was going to be nobody anymore.”

“I wouldn’t blame anyone or anything else for getting me there,” Chapman told the board. “I knew what I was doing, and I knew it was bad, I knew it was wrong, but I wanted fame so much that I was ready to give everything and take a human life.”

Chapman killed Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980, when he and Yoko Ono were returning to their Upper West Side apartment. Earlier that day, Lennon signed an autograph for Chapman on a copy of his recently released album, “Double Fantasy”.

“It was evil in my heart. I wanted to be something and nothing was going to stop it,” Chapman, 67, told the board.

Chapman is serving a 20-year life sentence at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York’s Hudson Valley. He has repeatedly expressed regret during his parole hearings over the years.

“I’ve hurt a lot of people everywhere and if anyone wants to hate me, well, I get it,” he said at the August 31 hearing.

In denial of his release, the board noted that Chapman’s action “left the world to recover from the void that you created.” Chapman’s next parole board appearance is scheduled for February 2024.

in June, John Hinckley Jr.President Ronald Reagan was about to be shot and wounded in 1981 free from court surveillance, officially the culmination of decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals. Hinckley was acquitted of insanity.

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