“All you need is love …
Mark David Chapman, who gunned down former Beatle John Lennon on a New York sidewalk on December 8, 1980, was denied parole for the sixth time in August 2010. Mark David Chapman (55) will remain in a special confinement in the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility (near Buffalo, New York).
The New York parole board has passed over the stalker and shooter of John Lennon in October 2000, October 2002, October 2004, October 2006, August 2008 and August 2010.
The latest parole refusal resulted from a half-hour video conference between a three-member New York parole board committee and Mark David Chapman. Before the parole decision, the board received more than 75 letters, urging them to deny parole for John Lennon’s killer. The pile of letters included one from Yoko Ono (77), John Lennon’s widow.
Former Beatle John Lennon would have turned 70 years old on October 9, 2010, if he were still living. He shared his birthday with his son, Sean Lennon (now 35).
Mark David Chapman will be eligible to reapply for parole in two years.
Who is Mark David Chapman?
Born May 10, 1955, Mark David Chapman is a former maintenance worker from Hawaii. He married Gloria Hiroko Abe in 1979, just over a year before his notorious crime, killing the former Beatle.
The son of an Air Force staff sergeant and a nurse, Mark David Chapman was self-proclaimed fan of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s classic and perennially controversial teen angst novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Mark David Chapman has claimed to identify, and even personify, Holden Caulfield. In fact, he has a dog-eared and personally annotated copy of the paperback on his person when he shot John Lennon four times in 1980, killing the world-famous rocker.
Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting of John Lennon outside New York’s Dakota Hotel (in Manhattan) in the presence of many eyewitnesses. Witnesses included Yoko Ono, wife of the famous former Beatle.
After a full psychiatric evaluation in 1980 at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the crime.
During his imprisonment, Mark David Chapman has worked as a prison porter and in the prison’s law library. With a clean prison record for more than 15 years, he has been allowed conjugal visits with his Hawaiian wife twice each year.