John Lennon Killer to Yoko Ono: ‘I’m Sorry’
Mark David Chapman has once again apologized to Yoko Ono-the widow of John Lennon for what he called a “despicable” crime of murdering the former Beatle in New York City.
Chapman–now 65–shot Lennon outside of the Dakota in 1980. He was again denied parole in August at a hearing held at Wende Correctional Facility in Erie County. He became eligible for parole in 2000, and is required to have a hearing every two years.
“I assassinated him… because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish,” Chapman said in his apology to Lennon’s family.
“I want to add that and emphasize that greatly. It was an extremely selfish act. I’m sorry for the pain that I caused to her (Ono). I think about it all of the time,” he added at the hearing, which was held at
Chapman was denied release for the 11th time on the grounds it “would be incompatible with the welfare of society,” the Telegraph reported.
Lennon would have turned 80 on October 9. On that day, Ono invited fans to celebrate his life with an online celebration.
His memory is also being honored in England with the creation of the “People Of Peace” award by the visitor attactkon, Strawberry Field, in Liverpool.
Additionally, a box set of Lennon’s solo work– “Gimme Some Truth”–is set for release on Oct. 9.