John Lennon’s Killer Admits He Was ‘Such an Idiot’
Last week, Mark David Chapman, the man convicted of killing John Lennon, was denied parole for the eight time. Today, we learn that during his hearing, Chapman told the parole board that he was "sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."
According to ABC News Radio, Chapman described his state of mind on the fateful evening of Dec. 8, 1980, to the three-person panel by saying, "My life had sunk into a depressed state. I was drinking ... That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there. I couldn't resist it. My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out."
During his last hearing two years ago, Chapman seemed at peace with the idea of spending his life in prison. This time around, he echoed those thoughts by acknowledging there are many people who would not be too happy with the idea of John Lennon's killer walking free.
"Many, many people loved him," Chapman said. "He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting ... There is [sic] some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it in God's hands. I trust him. If that could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him."
The parole board denied the 59-year-old Chapman's request by noting that there was "a reasonable probability that [Chapman] would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law, and [his] release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."