September 16th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

Killer: Lennon's murder meant 'I would become somebody'

Mark David Chapman, left, and John Lennon.

The man who shot John Lennon told a parole board this week that he killed the star because he wanted "instant notoriety."

"I made a horrible decision to end another human being's life, for reasons of selfishness, and that was my decision at that time," Mark David Chapman said.

"I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody, and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not somebodies."

Chapman said Lennon was at the top of his celebrity hit list which included Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor. He's been in prison for 29 years. He was denied parole on Tuesday.

Read Chapman's own words about the slaying

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  1. smartdvp

    it is so sick that i can throw up. Just the idea of killing another human being, cant be described with words. People like that should be locked down and bury alived. sorry for strong language.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • omglolz

      saying he should makes you almost as bad as him. no one deserves to die...

      September 17, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. dean

    John Lennon was somebody, and he didn't kill anyone.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron gallant

      Dean-that's the best comment on this page

      September 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • junior

      Agreed, well said Dean.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • petebest

      Who's John Lennon?

      September 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ninalyn

      A comment that so neatly sums up all that's wrong in this guy's head. I tip my hat to you, sir.

      September 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Well said Dean...

      September 17, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Knight

      Love it!

      September 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. D. Cook

    Well now he is somebody,somebody that's never gonna get paroled! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • K. Johson

      Dang, you took mine.

      September 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary McK

      That is the best comment of the day!

      September 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |


    September 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammer Time

      LOL, i forgot all about this guy until recently! By the time i have dinner on the table tonight, i won't even remember his name until CNN posts the parole hearing again in 2 years.

      September 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • lestat

      no duh...its already been stated he's a nobody...and you post as if he is actually going to hear you.

      September 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. samb

    What a sad thing that such a magnificent artist is forever linked to such a disgusting pos!

    September 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mike1031

    I second on your comments Dean...couldn't be said much better

    September 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |

    John W Lennon and Strawberry Fields are forever!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SYF

    Nothing to kill or die for........... And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.... we miss you John!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trisha

    Lennon was great, except for that insipid Imagine song.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macca

      Imagine if Lennon didn't abandon his first wife and kid.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betweenlines

      Imagine he wasn't a wife beater and serial cheat, imagine all the people buying all his lies.

      September 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Well, Trisha, you're an idiot.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • blitzwurfel

      Wow! I hate the song "Imagine" too! I thought I was the only one! It's basically an atheistic point of view of the world. It always seemed so incongruous when they played that song as a tribute for John in Central Park and everyone was praying for him yet he was singing "Imagine there's no heaven".

      September 17, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • drclank

      Trisha's abosolutely right on the money ... but "insipid" gives this boring, meandering, atonal, banal & painfully self-indulgent "song" much too much credit. ... By the way, not all atheists are enamored with "Imagine"; I think it does us a disservice by sloganizing & trivializing the concept. ... And, John, about that inflated ego you had, "Why so serious?"

      September 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. EDDY

    they should take the picture away so nobody can see this insect

    September 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lestat

      or better yet stop going to posts that are about him

      September 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EDDY

    n he should have been executed. if they release this animal he's going to killed again.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      No need to worry there. I know for a fact that if he is ever released he has about 72 hours to live.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Please!

      George, you are so full of crap.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Im concerned that you "know that for a fact." If you seeked revenge, would you not then become what you claim to despise?

      September 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. aNobodyinFla

    I would rather be a Nobody than a murderer of a peaceful man who was loved by millions.Hey Killer are you enjoying you enjoying your notoriety?

    September 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Donald

    To SYF- Naive words unfortunately. We need to deal in reality. There will never be peace in this world and differences will always remain.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Unfortunately, Donald, you are probably right, but, we can still dream can't we?

      September 17, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    john lennon was a druggie. I thought druggies didn't matter.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Well, I believe that he was clean of the hard stuff. I don't think he would have made 40 otherwise. He was dedicated to raising his son Sean at the time. In any respect, he is part of the most successful band in history. This pos continues to use up valuable air.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Mike, you're an idiot too.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Let me correct your thinking, sir. It is you who doesn't matter.

      September 17, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Coly

    Let's keep his name on CNN. What a novel idea. Give him some more of his 15 minutes of fame. Let's forget about him and let him rot in jail where he belongs. Am sure he's happy that his name is on the news once again.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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