Painting of John Lennon.
John Lennon's assassin was denied parole again. CC by Melissa Bowman Photography & Creative Design/Flickr

Some crime is so hideous that the perpetrator will never leave the confines of prison in their lifetime. Mark David Chapman is just such a person, like Charles Manson or Sirhan Sirhan. Chapman was the person who shot John Lennon to death at point blank range on Dec. 7, 1980 outside Lennon’s apartment building, the Dakota. Recently, Mark David Chapman became eligible for parole, for the sixth time. The opinion of Chapman on the part of the parole board has not changed. He was denied parole again. He seems to have no fans out there. Few people would like to see him go free.

Mark David Chapman parole application denied

Mark David Chapman has served the minimum of his sentence already, according to ABC. He was originally sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He started serving his prison term in 1981. He had pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of John Lennon. His first attempt at parole, in 2000, was not successful. He has been able to reapply for parole every other year after that. He applied again for parole this year. He was denied for the sixth time, as the parole board felt his release would not be in the best interests of the community. There has always been vociferous opposition to him being granted parole, especially by Yoko Ono, the late John Lennon’s wife.

Catcher in the deranged mind’s eye

There is another rather cultish component regarding Mark David Chapman, namely his obsession over J.D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye.” The book, and the main character Holden Caulfield, were cited by Chapman as the prime motivations for why he murdered one of the Beatles — one of the greatest popular music figures of all time. Caulfield is an angry teenager, rebelling against the “phoniness” he finds in adult life and institutions. The book has been a classic for a long time. However, the association with several assassinations and attempts gave it greater cult status. John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, was also a fan of the book.

He’s better off behind bars

Mark David Chapman’s crime was one of the most notorious incidents of the last 30 years. The parole board agreed the community is better served with him behind bars, according to CNN, and that was the reason the board denied his request. The next time he will be eligible for parole will be in 2012.



ABC News:

Post By bryanh (1,420 Posts)


Do you have a fantastic idea related to this article, but just don't have the money you need to start your own company or side-business? Get the loans you need from to help get your new company underway, from the small loan professionals at PersonalMoneyNetwork.

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]

Judge stabbed and deputy shot in Washington courthouse

Grays Harbor County Courthouse

Following a standoff in a Washington state county courtroom Friday, a man reportedly escaped after shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the shoulder and stabbing a judge in the neck. The man is still at large. Treachery among the tree farms The incident occurred Friday afternoon in the western Washington town of Montesano, which bills itself […]

Microraptor was one flashy little dinosaur

Microraptor fossil

A team of Chinese and American scientists have found that Microraptor, a small four winged dinosaur that went extinct about 130 million years ago, was likely black and almost certainly had glossy, iridescent feathers. Until now, the coloring of extinct creatures was a matter of pure speculation. That may no longer be the case. The […]

Autocorrected message leads to school lockdown

Homage to the Sun

Adjacent schools in Georgia were locked down for two hours Wednesday after a text message reportedly warned of a “gunman” on campus. Later, it was learned that the message was the result of a smartphone autocorrect function, attempting to “fix” the misspelled slang word “gunna.” A series of mixups A series of mixups led to […]