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    John Lennon’s killer apologises to Yoko Ono for ‘despicable act’ and told parole board who denied his 11th bid for freedom ‘I think about it all of the time’

    • Mark David Chapman, 65, shot Lennon dead in Manhattan in 1980 
    • Parole board denied Chapman’s freedom bid for 11th time at hearing last month
    • Transcript has revealed how Chapman admitted he killed Lennon for ‘self glory’ 
    • He told the board that he believes he deserves the death penalty for his crime

    John Lennon’s killer has apologised to the singer’s widow, Yoko Ono, saying he thinks about the ‘despicable act’ all the time.

    Mark David Chapman, 65, was denied parole for an 11th time following a hearing last month. He has been locked up since murdering the beloved former Beatle in Manhattan in December 1980.

    He shot Lennon four times outside the Dakota apartment building in the Upper West Side, as Ono looked on. 

    A transcript of the parole hearing has revealed that the board rejected Chapman’s release on the grounds it ‘would be incompatible with the welfare of society’. 

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono

    Mark David Chapman, seen left in a 2018 mugshot, has been denied parole for the 11th time. He murdered John Lennon in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, outside The Dakota in Manhattan in 1980

    Yoko Ono and John Lennon during their 'bed-in' in the presidential suite of the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam in March 1969

    Yoko Ono and John Lennon during their ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite of the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam in March 1969

    During the hearing, Chapman said he killed Lennon, 40, for ‘glory’ and admitted he deserves the death penalty.

    ‘I just want to reiterate that I’m sorry for my crime,’ he said. ‘I have no excuse. This was for self-glory. I think it’s the worst crime that there could be to do something to someone that’s innocent.’

    Chapman added: ‘He (Lennon) was extremely famous. I didn’t kill him because of his character or the kind of man he was. He was a family man. He was an icon. He was someone that spoke of things that now we can speak of and it’s great.’

    The hearing was held on August 19 at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, where Chapman has been locked up for eight years. 

    Chapman in 1980 when he was 25. He shot Lennon, he said, because he was angry about how famous he was

    Chapman in 1980 when he was 25. He shot Lennon, he said, because he was angry about how famous he was

    Chapman waited outside The Dakota for Lennon for some five hours after he signed his album

    Chapman waited outside The Dakota for Lennon for some five hours after he signed his album

    The luxury apartment building on West 72nd Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side

    The luxury apartment building on West 72nd Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side 

    Catcher in the Rye-obsessed killer of John Lennon 

    Chapman was 25 when he shot Lennon dead outside the apartment building on December 8, 1980.

    He was angry at the time about the immense fame the former Beatle had amassed, he later said. 

    On the day of the murder, he went to The Dakota in the afternoon and asked Lennon to sign an album for him. 

    He obliged him then got in his waiting limo to go to the recording studio. 

    When Lennon returned to the building with Yoko at around 10.30pm that night, Chapman was still there.

    He shot him four times in the back and shoulder with a .38 revolver.

    Lennon was pronounced dead in the hospital an hour later. 

    When police arrived to arrest Chapman, he was flicking through pages of The Catcher in the Rye.

    At trial, he rejected his lawyer’s attempts to enter an insanity plea and instead pleaded guilty. 

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    The killer apologised to Lennon’s family, revealing he thinks about the murder ‘all the time’. 

    He said: ‘I assassinated him, to use your word earlier, because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish.

    ‘I want to add that and emphasise that greatly. It was an extremely selfish act. I’m sorry for the pain that I caused to her (Ono). I think about it all of the time.’

    Chapman, who was 25 when he murdered Lennon, said now he is older, he can see it was a ‘despicable act’ and ‘pretty creepy’.

    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’.

    He has not had an infraction behind bars since 1994, the board was told. Chapman is a clerk and a porter in a restricted block of the prison, where he was placed for his own safety, and wakes each day at 6.30am.

    He discussed his fascination with the book The Catcher In The Rye at the time of the murder and said he identified with the main character’s ‘isolation, loneliness’.

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

    He said: ‘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.

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

    Chapman in a 2010 mugshot

    The murderer in 2012

    Chapman is shown (left) in 2010 and (right) in 2012. He rejected an insanity plea in 1980, pleading guilty instead. He now says he has found Jesus 

    Chapman's trial in 1980, where he pleaded guilty

    Chapman’s trial in 1980, where he pleaded guilty 

    He added: ‘The view on the death penalty for me is a little up and down at times but for me I deserve that. I know I’m speaking for myself. I know what I did. I know who was in those shoes at that time.

    ‘I know my thoughts. They were not thinking of him at all, his wife, his child, the fans, nobody. I was just thinking of me. That deserves a death penalty.

    ‘He was a human being and I knew I was going to kill him. That alone says you deserve nothing and if the law and you choose to leave me in here for the rest of my life, I have no complaint whatsoever.’

    Yoko Ono with her son Sean. She has in the past written to the parole board asking them not to release Chapman

    Yoko Ono with her son Sean. She has in the past written to the parole board asking them not to release Chapman

    In its decision, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision board said it found Chapman’s statement that ‘infamy brings you glory’ disturbing.

    It commended his ‘personal growth and productive use of time’ but said his ‘selfish actions stole the chance for future fans to experience the words of inspiration that this artist provide for millions of people. Your violent act caused devastation to not only family and former band members, but the world’.

    Chapman is next eligible for parole in two years.

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