John Lennon's Killer: 'I'm Sorry for Being Such an Idiot'

Mark David Chapman apologises for causing pain.

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John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has apologised again for the murder he committed in 1980, adding that he's sorry for "being such an idiot."

Chapman added that he still receives hate-filled letters for the shooting he carried out 34 years ago, telling his failed parole hearing that he's well aware of the pain he has caused by robbing the world of the Beatles' icon, reports Billboard (via Gigwise).

"I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, released yesterday. "I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

He continued: "Many, many people loved him. He was a great and talented man and they are still hurting. I get letters so that's a major factor. It's not a regular crime."

Last week, Chapman was again been denied parole, and will remain in prison for at least two more years.

This was Chapman's eighth appearance before a parole board, and the eighth time his request has been denied following a hearing.

Chapman shot the Beatles member on 8 December 1980 outside his Manhattan apartment. In 1981, Chapman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He has now served 33 years.

In their concluding statement, the panel told Chapman that if released, "you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law. This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day, and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim."

At a previous hearing in 2012, Chapman described how Lennon had signed an album cover for him on the day of the killing. "He was very kind to me," he said. "I did try to tell myself to leave. I've got the album, take it home, show my wife, everything will be fine. But I was so compelled to commit that murder that nothing would have dragged me away from his building."

Chapman will be eligible to apply for parole again in two years time.

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    Idiot is a down statement. He shouldn't be denied parole because he killed a celebrity. He should be denied parole because he murdered someone to become famous and that means he's an A-grade headcase.
    At this point, I think he's denied parole for his own safety. If he was released, you know there's some Lennon fan who is crazier than he is that would love to kill him
    Mr Winters
    It's funny how murder becomes worse when it's a celebrity. Is killing one Lennon worse than killing 30 nobodies?
    Disturbing that he says he chose "the wrong way for glory", so even if shooting Lennon was wrong, the end result could be seen as glorious anyway. Creepy. Throw away the key.
    Bring lennon back and i will forgive you...
    I still wouldn't. There's 34 years that are missing where Lennon could've made music, been a father to his child, or even reformed The Beatles. Create a time machine and I'll forgive him.
    I get that he killed Jesus H. Lennon here, but if that's the only reason there's such vitriolic hatred towards him, then we gotta rethink some things. I mean, with the kind of legal system the US has in place, he probably would have been out on good behaviour at some point before his sentence was up, had he killed just some average joe. The only reason he's going through this is that his victim was admired by millions, but that doesn't make his life worth more in the end than some other guy. Besides, if we free the guy now, nature will probably take its course and either he'll die alone and broke because of his years rotting in a jail cell, or someone will hate him enough to do the job for him and then we'll get to hear about THAT murder case.
    He killed perhaps the greatest musician of the 20th century and a personal hero. We can never forgive you. He was such a talented musician and amazing human being.
    Actually, John Lennon used to beat the shit out of women. Good choice of hero. He has served his sentence and paid his debt. Keeping him in jail till he dies is just as backwards as wanting to execute him. Its not like he will have a quality of life outside of jail and I think if that were truly considered people wouldn't sit here and hate someone who never personally wronged them. How many people here, right now, were born before 1980? Probably not many. Greatest musician is a huge stress. He was in the beatles and they changed some shit for sure, but there were PLENTY of artists during that time that were phenomenal at what they did and they were contemporaries alongside the Beatles, He murdered someone and you can't truly ever resolve that, but he has lost the best years of his life and if released he won't have one. That should be enough.
    Aww boo hoo, the assassin of one of the greatest musicians ever lost out on the best years of his life, poor guy. It's too bad hell isn't real because sitting in a jail cell isn't fitting justice for the crime.
    Mr Winters
    Why is killing a musician deserving of a harder punishment than killing a regular non-musician person? Did Lennon's life have more value?
    YES it did. His music made this world a better place.
    For the time period. Not all time. He was a band aid on a scab that won't heal. Humanity will be the reason this world will never experience peace. He merely expressed that in a song. He didn't change it. He just pointed out the obvious.
    If they did let him out, somebody would shoot his sorry ass...time for payback
    the only way to even come close to writing your wrong is to give all your attention sought monies from interviews and such, write a nice little suicide note, begging forgivness to everyone you've hurt, sh1t yourself, put that sh1t in your mouth and then hang yourself.
    He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but he has already served 33? Can someone explain that to me please?
    Yes, people care more if you are John Lennon so they bend the rules. I mean come on, I love John and I hate that things happaned this way, but there are rules and if any one of us would have been murdered that way - the murderer would be a free man by now. If you want to change the rules, do it for everyone. Not just for a celebrity (as influential as he might be).
    A free man? He'd be killed on sight. I wouldn't be surprised if he's being kept locked away for his own protection.
    Probably... I don't know the case but i guess he's not a danger for anyone anymore... Let him go. There's already to many people in jail...
    being sentenced to 20 years for live means 20 years at least. after that, it will be decided when you are released. And this as been denied once again.
    There is no way he can be a free man ever again because as soon as he is released someone will try to assassinate him
    He's not prestigious enough to be "assassinated". He deserves a brutal death, like being stoned to death, burned at the stake, hung drawn and quartered, boiled alive, iron maiden, etc.
    That's pretty sociopathic. You sure you shouldn't be sharing his cell? I bet thats what John would have wanted. The guy who wrote Imagine.
    He should be tortured 24/7, just barely not enough to kill him.
    I am so glad that people like you aren't in charge.
    Let's forget for a minute that he killed Lennon and just say he killed a human being. A father who was just about to tuck his son into bed. Let's say Chapman killed him for no reason. Why the hell didn't he get a life sentence?
    I really don't understand all the hate here. He killed a man, give him a sentence for killing a man and let him serve it.