“He deserved the death penalty,” says Lennon’s killer. “I killed him because he was famous. I was selfish “



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He man who killed John Lennon in 1980 He says he was looking for the gloria and that he deserved the pity of death for his “Ruthless” act.

Mark David Chapman did these statements last month in response to questions from a parole commission, which denied him parole por 11th time. As in past hearings, the now 65-year-old inmate expressed remorse for shoot the ex beatle outside of the musician’s residential building in Manhattan.

“The i murdered… Because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was looking for great, great, great glory for myself. Very selfish, ”he said Chapman, according to a transcript released Monday by the state following a request.

Looking back 40 years later, Chapman called his actions “creepy” and “ruthless.” He said he thinks all the time about the pain he caused Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono.

“I just want her to know that she knows her husband like no one else and knows the kind of man he was. Not me, ”he declared.

Chapman shot Lennon to death on the night of December 8, 1980, as he and Ono were returning to their apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Lennon had signed an autograph for him on a copy of his new album, “Double Fantasy,” earlier.

“He was actually nice to me that day,” Chapman said.

Chapman is serving a 20-year sentence to life in the Wende Correctional Facility, east of Buffalo. He told the commission that he would “have no complaints” if they decide to put him in prison for the rest of his life.

“I deserve zero, nothing. Back then it deserved the death penalty. When you intentionally plan to murder someone and you know it’s wrong and you do it for yourself, that’s a death penalty right there, in my opinion, ”he stated.

By denying him parole, the commission said Chapman committed a “vile act” and that his statement that “infamy gives you glory” was disturbing.

Chapman will again be eligible for parole in August 2022.

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