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The Man Who Shot John Lennon is Denied Parole

The man who murdered John Lennon has once again been denied parole.

John Lennon's Killer Stays in Jail
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This marks the 7th time he has been rejected and in two years we will have to go through this again.

On Dec 8th 1980, Chapman waited outside the Dakota on Central Park West where John Lennon lived and gunned him down with 5 shots while his wife Yoko Ono watched I horror. Yoko Ono’s lawyer said she received word of the decision but had no immediate comment


In it’s decision the panel wrote The release of Mark David Chapman “would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime,”


Lennon’s murderer said he killed Lennon for the notoriety, but now realizes, “I became a murder and murderers are not somebodies.” George Harrison requested that we never speak his name. I honor that request. Unfortunately others don’t. Barbara Walters inhterviewed him from prison and CNN did a piece on him.


Chapman once angered Ono when he said during one parole hearing that he believes Lennon would have forgiven him. He also admitted to having other targets, including the now deceased Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor, if he couldn’t get to Lennon. I’m thinking he’s safer in prison. I’ll write about this again in 2 years.

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