John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman reveals he specifically chose hollow bullets to ensure the singer's death
The crazed fan also told parole officers how 'incredible' Lennon had been to him when he had signed an autograph on his copy of 'Double Fantasy' hours before the shooting
John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has revealed how he specifically chose hollow bullets to ensure that Lennon would die a sure death but not suffer during his killing.
Mark David Chapman shot the 'Beatles' legend and iconic singer when he was outside his New York apartment around 38 years ago. As reported by the Mirror, 63-year-old Chapman said, "I secured those bullets to make sure he would be dead. It was immediately after the crime that I was concerned that he did not suffer."
A parole board heard the very shocking confession while Chapman's 10th unsuccessful attempt for release in late August. New York prison officials released transcripts where Chapman also said that he felt remorse over the assassination and claimed to feel "more and more shame" each year for the crime.
The crazed fan also told parole officers how "incredible" Lennon had been to him when he had signed an autograph on his copy of 'Double Fantasy'.
John Lennon signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman, the man that would kill him 5 hours later. pic.twitter.com/83vqCggvl7— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) March 25, 2018
Chapman admitted that this act caused an internal turmoil in him and he shared that he almost opted out of his assassination plan until he was overwhelmed by the urge to gain notoriety which would outdo the iconic singer. "I was too far in. I do remember having the thought of, hey, you have got the album now, look at this, he signed it, just go home, but there was no way I was going to go home," Chapman recalled.
As a result of his crime, he was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York after shooting John Lennon in the back while he was outside his New York apartment on December 8 in the year 1980. Chapman's release was denied for the 10th time by the state Board of Parole.
His last parole application took place in 2016 but was denied due to the "premeditated and celebrity-seeking nature of the crime". Chapman referred to his 1981 plea to second-degree murder without a trial as "the right thing to do" and admitted that he would have accepted an even firmer sentence. He will now be eligible for parole in August 2020.