Lennon's killer says he sought glory, deserved death penalty

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2020

New York State abolished the death penalty in 2007.

He is now serving his sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, and the New York State Board of Parole confirmed that his latest parole application was denied following an interview on August 19. I have no excuse. This was for self-glory.

"I believe that it's the worst offense there might be to take action to somebody that is innocent".

Chapman went on to describe his crime as a "despicable act".

"He (Lennon) was extremely famous", he added.

Paul McCartney shares his memories of meeting John, talking about the combination of him and John, saying: "I look back on it now like a fan, how lucky was I to meet this unusual teddy boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other!"

Lennon also gave a great insight into his struggles with the USA authorities in trying to secure residence there as well as talking about the breakup of The Beatles.

Chapman admitted he killed Lennon for "glory" and out of "jealousy", adding that he deserves the death penalty for what he did.

"I want to add that and emphasize that greatly", he continued.

Soon after she was pregnant with Ono Lennon and John became his godfather. At the time I deserved the death penalty. "One word, just glory", Chapman said during his parole hearing.

Ono had told The Daily Beast in 2015 how she was extremely fearful about Chapman committing the heinous crime again if he was released.

McCartney said: "There were a few songs that weren't very good... you know, clearly young songwriters who don't know how to do it". "It could be me, it could be Sean [her son], it could be anybody, so there is that concern", she said.

On December 8, 1980, Lennon died after Chapman fatally shot him in front of his Upper West Side Apartment building moments after Lennon had autographed an album for him. The singer was accompanied by his wife Yoko Ono when the incident occurred.

Lennon's killer was famously carrying the JD Salinger book, Catcher in the Rye, when he committed the murder.

His killer, driven by the longing for notoriety, had initially been eligible for parole in 2000.

"Some people disagree with me, but everybody gets a second chance now".

"He was actually kind to me that day", Chapman said.

He told the board he would have "no complaint whatsoever" if they chose to leave him in prison for the rest of his life.

The board said it found his statement that "infamy brings you glory" disturbing.

Chapman previously confessed to feeling "more and more" shame every year about killing the music icon.

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

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