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John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman says he murdered beloved Beatle for fame: ‘Evil in my heart’

Mark David Chapman, assassin of John Lennon He said he killed the beloved Beetle because he “wanted to be something and nothing was going to stop it.”

The 67-year-old came in for parole in August and was denied for the 12th time. In a transcript released to the Associated Press on Monday, the killer told New York state officials during his hearing that he knew it was wrong to kill the singer, but that he wanted fame and had “evil in my heart.”

Lennon, 40, was shot to death on the night of December 8, 1980, when he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were returning to their Upper West Side apartment in New York City. Earlier that day, Lennon signed an autograph for Chapman on a copy of his recently released album, “Double Fantasy”.

Chapman bought the gun three months before the shooting. He traveled from Hawaii to New York City to commit the crime.

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Mark David Chapman's next parole hearing is set for February 2024.

Mark David Chapman’s next parole hearing is set for February 2024.
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Chapman told the board that killing Lennon was “my big answer to everything. I was going to be nobody anymore.”

“I wouldn’t blame anyone or anything else for getting me there,” Chapman said. “I knew what I was doing, and I knew it was bad, I knew it was wrong, but I wanted fame so much that I was ready to give everything and take a human life.”

“It was evil in my heart,” Chapman told the board. “I wanted to be something and no one was going to stop it.”

The board cited Chapman’s “selfish connection to human life of global consequence” as the reason for putting him behind bars. Denying his release, the board noted that Chapman’s action “left the world to recover from the void that you created.”

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Former Beatle John Lennon posing with his wife Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon in New York City in 1977.  Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in 1980.

Former Beatle John Lennon posing with his wife Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon in New York City in 1977. Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment in 1980.
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chapman serving Life sentence from 20 years At Green Haven Correction Facility in Hudson Valley, New York. He has repeatedly expressed regret during his parole hearings over the years.

“I’ve hurt a lot of people everywhere and if anyone wants to hate me, well, I get it,” Chapman said.

The Dakota Apartment Building is across the street from the Strawberry Fields Memorial to John Lennon in Central Park, New York City.

The Dakota Apartment Building is across the street from the Strawberry Fields Memorial to John Lennon in Central Park, New York City.
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In June, John Hinckley Jr., who President Ronald Reagan shot and injured In 1981, it was officially freed from court oversight, culminating in decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals. Hinckley was acquitted of insanity.

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Chapman’s next parole board appearance is scheduled for February 2024.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.