Lennon Killer Wants To Stay In Prison

Mark Chapman has been denied parole for the seventh time, but is so institutionalised that he wouldn't have it any other way.

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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.

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    I guess the thought of Yoko coming to get him scared him back into prison... Anyway, he wanted to become a somebody by killing one of the greatest musicians of that time. He wouldn't last long if he got out.
    I personally think he should stay there. He's safer there than in the world. Despite him being a huge arse for killing Lennon, he shouldn't be killed by extreme haters. There are a lot of people that want him dead, which is sad because Lennon would be against them acting that way.
    What's this guy on about? If we wants to stay in prison then why has he been requesting paroles?
    Lol. He's just like Brooks and Red in Shawshank Redemption. "Institutionalized". Remember when Brooks got out on parole and the cars slammed on their breaks when he tried crossing the street? I'm thinking if it were Chapman most people would just floor it...
    I don't think he's worse than any other murderer for killing John Lennon. If they let out other murderers, they should let him out too. I'm surprised this got thumbs down as an article, though. It's bad that he thinks he's better off in prison?
    No, he still isn't same as all of the other murderers. People around the world recognize Chapman and he could never actually live. No one would want to have anything to do wwith him, not to mention that he would probably die within the hour after his release. I still can't believe that some people are so naive that they think that I doesn't matter whom the murderer has killed. Of course it's a whole different thing that he killed Lennon.
    I recognize that possibility, but such is the nature of his crime. We certainly shouldn't house him for the sake of protection. There's also a big flaw with the assumption that he would be killed. Not everyone else is crazy. People's family members get murdered all the time, and not all of the victim's surviving loved ones go out and kill that murderer. I'm sure that anyone's closest family members are more significant to them than John Lennon. Other things that stand in the way of his instant murder being a fact; the incident was thirty years ago (it's not really a topic that's still on the top of public society's priority list), the man didn't really have any striking, recognizable features back then, it's been thirty years, he's not going to look the same. He's also in prison, where other murderers are. If he was going to get murdered, he very well should have by now. Another big issue is that you would have to assume that everyone walks the streets in their daily lives entirely prepared to murder somebody. Without purposely hunting this man down, nobody would think off the top of their head to kill some random guy who looks like the Lennon killer. Even if it did happen to be the Lennon killer, and a given individual was sure of it, why is it the first thing in your (and a lot of other people's) mind that somebody would murder him on any given, ordinary day? Only the type of person that would be willing to take the time to hunt this man down and make him a target would likely kill him. These people, I think it's fair to say, would already have the potential of being serial killers, anyway. If they're going to go out and kill someone, as cold as it sounds, at least it's another murderer. Although it's certainly possible that he would have a difficult quality of life with the possibility of people trying to kill him, the later event seems pretty unlikely, and anything else (difficulty getting hired, lack of friends, etc.) would simply be a latent punishment of his crime, and hardly different from any other convicted felon. People would probably take his picture more often.
    He obviously belongs in a mental institution, not prison...
    Well, duh. If you heard his method of becoming a somebody, it's ridiculous. If you kill a somebody, you yourself become a somebody. That was his idea. I go back to my earlier comment, if all the celebs or somebody's were all murderers, it may make Big Brother more interesting than it already is...
    He probably gets 3 square meals a day, They should let him out, fine him for all of his money, and let him just be a homeless man with no food, and see how he likes it then.. And, as has already been said, someone will eventually kill him, and it'd be lovely if that were the end of it.
    Don't give him anymore air-time, no more parole hearings and make him spend the rest of his days in prison.
    To be fair, it happened ****ing around 30 years ago. His mind state would have changed by now. I wouldn't argue that he's most safe in there.
    Hang on... Why are people disliking this article? It's about a mentally challenged guy who murdered someone who wants to stay in prison. Surely it's good news and 'Happy Days' (that may be too much... he's still alive when someone else who is much popular than him could have carried on making music,etc.).
    I don't get why he keeps requesting. Today there's more crazier people out there anyways. He's well better off in jail rotting.
    So he's got 7 denied parole requests...he obviously wants to stay in prison.
    he will be dead on the very second he gets out of prison. im surprised no one killed him in prison yet