The man who killed John Lennon in 1980 has been denied parole for the seventh time — but says he wouldn't have it any other way.
Mark Chapman has already served his minimum 20 year sentence for shooting the Beatle outside his Manhatten apartment, but feels so institutionalised that he'd rather stay behind bars, according to a transcript of the parole board interview obtained by ABC News.
"I'm so bonded that I could probably assure you that, if released, I'd probably stay right where I'm at,"
Chapman said. "You know, once you stand on a rock for 20 years and feel the waves on you and you don't go anywhere because you're on a rock, you don't want to move."
He says Lennon was only targeted because of his fame, and considered other targets like Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor. Lennon just happened to be more famous.
Chapman met Lennon earlier in the day before the shooting, and faced an "inner struggle" where he considered abandoning his plan because Lennon seemed pleasant while signing his autograph.
If he were freed he would run errands for a minister who writes to him from New York.
Should he stay behind bars forever, or is redemption still possible after killing one of the greatest songwriters in history? Share your view in the comments.