Mark David Chapman Admits Taking John Lennon’s Life For ‘Fame’
December 8, 1980, left a mark in history as one of rock music’s darkest days. It marked the date when John Lennon was murdered in front of his apartment by a deranged fan, and rock lost one of its most iconic figures. The murderer, Mark David Chapman, who shot the Beatle, has been in prison ever since. Recently, he appeared for parole, which was again denied by the board. He told the parole board that he did it for fame, as reported by Daily Mail.
“My big answer to everything,” he started his words before revealing his reason for killing John Lennon. “I wasn’t going to be a nobody anymore. I am not going to blame anything else or anybody else for bringing me there. I knew what I was doing, and I knew it was evil, I knew it was wrong, but I wanted the fame so much that I was willing to give everything and take a human life.”
Before leaving for New York on the day he was to kill Lennon, he told his wife that he was going on a journey ‘to find himself.’ He had procured the weapon he would use for the murder three months ago. Chapman also revealed in one of his previous paroles that if he had not killed Lennon, he would have killed another famous person from the list he had, and David Bowie was next in line.
As the 22nd anniversary of this tragic day approaches, the killer continues to serve his 20-years-to-life sentence in a New York prison. It is the 12th time the board rejected Chapman’s parole. The next parole board will be in February 2024. In one of his previous hearings, the killer had revealed that he was angry with John Lennon’s life and was jealous of him, so he had taken John Lennon’s life for a ‘glory.’