Mark David Chapman / NY Dept of Corrections
As many of you out there might remember, about a week and a half ago on August 22, infamous Beatle murderer Mark David Chapman once again went up for his parole hearing to try and get some sweet taste of freedom but was once again – as expected – denied.
The confirmed weirdo and The Catcher in the Rye mega-fan murdered John Lennon in front of his Manhattan apartment building back in December of 1980 and although the multiple fans, friends and family of the late Beatle will never forget the incident, it could have easily gone a totally different direction – this according to newly undisclosed testimony captured during Chapman’s hearing.
The transcript of the August 22 testimony was released this past Wednesday and had plenty of interesting revelations from the murderer.
As it turns out, not only did Chapman say the only reason he killed Lennon was “because he was very famous,” but that as a Christian, the incident is “very embarrassing” for him.
Chapman also disclosed that he had initially thought about murdering Johnny Carson or even actor George C. Scott but ultimately decided on the late Beatle because he was the most well known of the bunch, adding that there was no personal animosity involved.
“If [Lennon] was less famous than three or four other people on the list, he would not have been shot,” Chapman told the board.
And just in case it made any difference, Chapman added that Lennon “was very kind to me. [He was a] very cordial and very decent man.”
Chapman had bumped into Lennon earlier that day of the murder and even got an autograph, but was “so compelled to commit murder that nothing would have dragged me away from that building.” He waited until Lennon returned from a recording session and then shot him.
Chapman even recounted how he purposefully went out and got the hollow point bullets used in the murder from an old friend in Atlanta who was a police officer. Chapman had originally tried to purchase the hollow point bullets from New York but was denied.
“I made a phone call in New York and the fellow said, ‘you’re not going to get any bullets out of me, it’s just not done here,’ revealed Chapman. “I didn’t tell him what I was going to do."
When asked why he had purposefully sought out that specific variety of ammunition, Chapman simply said, “Because they were more deadly.”
Chapman has so far been denied parole seven times and is currently being held at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York.