John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, knew it was wrong to kill former Beatle John Lennon but did so anyway for fame and because he had “evil in his heart.”
Chapman, 67, spoke to a parole board earlier this year, but the transcript was just released because of a freedom of information request, The Associated Press reported.
The convicted killer said he wanted to kill the singer and songwriter as “my big answer to everything. I wasn’t going to be a nobody, anymore.”
“I am not going to blame anything else or anybody else for bringing me there,” Chapman said, according to the AP. “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.”
Chapman bought the gun three months before he used it to shoot and kill Lennon outside of the Beatles’ apartment, The Dakota, on New York City’s Upper West Side on Dec. 8, 1980, People magazine reported.
Earlier in the day, the gunman had Lennon autograph a copy of the album “Double Fantasy.”
The parole board denied Chapman’s 12th request for parole, citing that he had a “selfish disregard for human life of global consequence,” the AP reported.
Chapman will go in front of another parole board in February 2024.
He is currently serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York.
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