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

Lawrence Kim
September 24, 2020

During the interview McCartney opens up about his relationship with Lennon: "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", he says, before adding: "I look back on it now like a fan".

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.

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 odd teddy boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other!"

Asked if justice had been served, Chapman said "I deserve zero, nothing", adding he should have been given the death penalty following the killing.

Lennon, 40, was shot four times by Chapman outside his Dakota apartment building in the Upper West Side on December 8, 1980. Having been born in Iran in the mid 80's into a time of war and uncertainty, I could have been the poster child of War Child then. It was an extremely selfish act.

The parole board rejected Chapman's appeal on the basis that it "would be incompatible with the welfare of society".

"I'm sorry for the pain that I caused to her [Ono]".

John Lennon
John Lennon

Chapman attended a parole hearing last month, where he was denied release for the 11th time, ABC News reports.

Chapman is married and his wife, 69, lives near the prison. In his meeting with the parole board, he described being deeply religious and a "devoted Christian".

"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", said Chapman.

"Some people disagree with me, but everybody gets a second chance now". I know what I did. That deserves a death penalty. "With all we have faced in the world throughout these distressing times, it is we as a global community, who as always in the past, can bridge the gaps that divide our world and shine a light on the darkest corners of our planet". I was just thinking of me. He was a human being and I knew I was going to kill him. 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 judgement highlighted Chapman's comments that "infamy brings you glory" as cause for ongoing concern.

The board also stated how Chapman's "selfish actions stole the chance for future fans to experience the words of inspiration that this artist provided for millions of people".

After being denied parole, Chapman is now set to spend at least another two years behind bars for the murder, having lost his latest bid for freedom.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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