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John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman says there was “evil in my heart”

The man who gunned down John Lennon exterior his New York City house constructing in 1980 instructed a parole board that he knew it was fallacious to kill the beloved former Beatle, however that he was looking for fame and had “evil in my heart.”

Mark David Chapman made the feedback in August to a board that denied him parole for a twelfth time, citing his “selfish disregard for human life of global consequence.” Chapman, in a transcript launched by state officers Monday underneath a freedom of knowledge request, mentioned the choice to kill Lennon was “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 instructed the board. “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 killed Lennon on the evening of Dec. 8, 1980, as he and Yoko Ono had been returning to their Upper West Side house. Earlier that day, Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman on a replica of his lately launched album, “Double Fantasy.”

Chapman, 67, instructed the board, “This was evil in my heart. I wanted to be somebody and nothing was going to stop that.”

Chapman is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York’s Hudson Valley. He has repeatedly expressed regret throughout his parole hearings over time.

“I hurt a lot of people all over the place and if somebody wants to hate me, that’s OK, I get it,” he mentioned on the Aug. 31 listening to.

In denying him launch, the board talked about Chapman’s motion has left “the world recovering from the void of which you created.” Chapman’s subsequent parole board look is scheduled for February 2024.

In June, John Hinckley Jr., who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was free of court docket oversight, formally concluding a long time of supervision by authorized and psychological well being professionals. Hinckley had been acquitted by motive of madness.

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