John Lennon's killer up for parole

2012-08-18 22:30
Alden - Officials say John Lennon's killer, who is up for parole for the seventh time, could have a parole hearing as early as Tuesday.

New York Department of Corrections spokesperson Linda Foglia says Mark David Chapman is scheduled to be interviewed by members of the parole board this week. She says they could make a decision by Thursday or Friday.

Chapman shot Lennon in December 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Chapman was transferred in May from the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York to the nearby Wende Correctional Facility. Both are maximum security. The prison system doesn't disclose why inmates are transferred.

Chapman was denied parole for the sixth time in September 2010.


  • eon.rareearth - 2012-08-18 22:56

    I never forget than when the police arrested him at the scene of the crime he was calmly reading the book "Catchers in the Rye". Have wanted to read this book out of curiosity.

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-08-19 07:30

      I have read it; it is not easy to obtain a copy now. I thought it well written but inconclusive. It has been compared to "Hamlet" but whereas Hamlet was surrounded by normal people, Salinger's novel is generally depressing. Salinger himself is a lonely man. Depression is not much understood; some of it is chemistry and some genetic, and I think what Salinger is trying to say is that we do not listen to one another enough; Hamlet had no-one to confide in either.

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-08-18 23:11

    Chapman comes up for parole every few years.... BUT they will NEVER release him for his safety. Cheaper to keep him in jail than place him in "witness security"...

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-08-18 23:47

    please please PLEASE release him! We have been oiling our guns and loading them every time he comes up for parole

  • fanie.brink.5 - 2012-08-19 10:24

    Yes they must release Chapman because he was sent to this world to kill Lennon because Lennon believed there is no future for Christanity and he believed he was greater than God!!!

  • fanie.brink.5 - 2012-08-19 10:30

    Almost something similar happened to Marlyn Monroe after she said to Billy Graham that she "wants nothing to do with his Jesus" There are many other examples like these!!!

      kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-08-19 11:27

      So are you saying that these are good examples of Christianity? Kill off the non-believers? You saying your God sent him to murder? Isn't murder a sin in Christianity? Lennon was an amazing man with ideas and understanding many people will never reach... This created fear in the simple minds!! I believe he too would like for Chapman to be released, because he was forgiving and a better man!!! Fill your heart with love my friend and you'll be a fraction of what John Lennon was!!

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