Mark David Chapman, the murderer of The Beatles frontman, John Lennon, was denied parole by authorities for the tenth time. Chapman, 63, appeared before the New York parole board on Thursday for his tenth attempt at getting out of the Wende Correctional Facility in Western New York.
Chapman is currently serving a life sentence. Mark shot The Beatles singer-songwriter outside of his apartment at The Dakota Building in Manhattan on the 8th of December, 1980.
Two years ago, the state’s parole board said to Chapman that he couldn’t get out because his actions were “selfish and evil.” Mark admitted he shot John because he wanted fame and notoriety, one of the primary reasons authorities are keeping him behind bars.
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When Mark went before the parole board in 2014, he explained that he still receives mail from people who tell him of the pain he caused due to his horrible decision thirty-six years ago.
Chapman told the board he was “sorry for causing that pain,” and was sorry for choosing to acquire glory in such a way. In 2010, Chapman stated he thought about shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead, but chose Lennon because his apartment complex “wasn’t quite as cloistered.”
One evening after a recording session at the Record Plant on the 8th of December, 1980, Yoko and John were walking back to their Manhattan apartment from their limousine at approximately 10:50 pm.
When they got out of the vehicle, they walked through the archway of The Dakota when Mark shot Lennon four times in the back from close range. The police rushed him to the hospital and he was pronounced dead at 11:00 pm.
On that same evening, John had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for his own killer. The following day, Ono wrote a statement which proclaimed “there is no funeral for John,” and added that he loved all of human kind.