The man who killed John Lennon in 1980 has revealed he used hollow-point bullets to ensure the former Beatle would die but not suffer when he shot him dead.
‘I secured those bullets to make sure he would be dead,’ Mark David Chapman told a parole board in August during his 10th unsuccessful attempt to win release. ‘It was immediately after the crime that I was concerned that he did not suffer.’
The 63-year-old also told the parole board about his remorse for killing the Beatle in a transcript which was released Thursday by New York prison officials.
He said he feels ‘more and more shame’ every year for his crime.
Mark David Chapman (left) told a parole board in August about his remorse during his 10th unsuccessful attempt to win release
Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in the Wende Correctional Facility in New York after he shot and killed the former Beatle outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980.
Chapman told parole board members that Lennon was ‘incredible’ to him earlier that day when he autographed an album and he thinks about that every day.
But he admitted that the autograph was not enough to stop him from carrying out his plan to kill.
‘I was too far in,’ Chapman recalled. ‘I do remember having the thought of, ”hey, you have got the album now, look at this, he signed it, just go home.” But there was no way I was going to go home.’
The state Board of Parole denied Chapman’s release for a 10th time after the hearing. He is next eligible for parole in 2020.
Chapman spent much of his hearing discussing his relationship with Jesus and the ministry he and his wife Gloria Hiroko Chapman have had developing brochures for other prisoners for the last 13 years.
‘We put them inside a cover letter and we send them to prison ministries all around the world and any individual, any church that’s interested in, you know, helping out prisoners to find another way,’ Chapman said. ‘
We believe that Jesus is that way and that He can change lives if you ask Him into your life,’ he added.
He became eligible for parole in 2000 and has submitted nine applications for parole, but all have been denied, his succession of mugshots pictured above
Chapman killed John Lennon on December 8, 1980 with four shots to the back outside the Beatle’s Manhattan apartment The Dakota pictured above