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. kls1957

    There should be no more parole hearings. Lennon's loved ones have suffered enough already and shouldn't have to worry about parole hearings every two years.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Well spoken kls!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. George

    Mark Chapman, I hope you are reading the comments about yourself, and remember that" in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make."

    September 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morbidly Obese

      What drivel. What tripe.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bug Killer

    Lennon was a drug head that was worthless to society.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      So every person who's used drugs deserves to die? What the hell have YOU done that makes you so worht so much to society?

      September 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      What have you contributed to the world, except stupid posts?

      September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raid-Huffer

      Here! Here!

      September 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lovebug

      WOW...John was amazing and he words were inspiring, who do you think you are to hold judgement on anyone...you need to take a hard look at yourself before you open your mouth...remeber the good old sying "if you have nothing nice to say then dont say anything at all"

      September 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Pesticide pestboi, YOU are an IDIOT too!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Cynic

      You're pretty worthless yourself. Go die and see if anyone cares.

      September 17, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You have no concept of reality. Lennon was incredibly influential in the world during his time on earth.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • martha thomas

      Oh really? Have you read the other comments? What a dumb thing to say!

      August 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nikki11a1199

    Lennon was a great person but it was meant for this nobody to come and kill him

    September 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Fame can definitely have its price. It is sad when becoming successful in our field can make us a target for lunatics.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    It worked. Nobody can mention John Lennon without thinking of Mark David Chapman

    September 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lovebug

      i think you are wrong....when i hear a beatles or john lennon song i dnt think everyone think of the killer of John

      September 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Unfortunately Daniel, you're right. Think of John Lennon and you think of him being dead and then you think of who killed him, but, ya just can't remember the guy's name... until CNN and the Parole Board bring it all back up again, but, it keeps the whole thing in people's minds. If we do not remember history, we are doomed to repeat it...

      September 17, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Diane

    Then why are you giving him publicity by running this article?

    September 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dennis

    He sounds like he is still confused about why he is in a cage. He still thinks it is a punishment or means of atonement. In reality it is a consequence of his actions ........

    September 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maggie Sue

    Well, better to say it was his idea than a complot. Better to say that was for selfishness than patriotism, or all of u forgot what was going on with Lennon, Ono, and their Visas in USA, and everything else? Better say was only a man than a perfect plan. He got mor chances to be released when nobody need to know.

    September 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jessica

    John was a great person. he had a heart so big that he could love anyone in this world. i just think that guy that took his life should suffer for what he did and we should all forget about him and stop talking about him ... im sorry i cant even say his name he is not worth my air ....

    September 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chad eric

    i wish they would stop running stories on this waste.....i think it's better to just never mention his name...never even mention him at all...oops...there goes ur "fame"....

    Imagine peace.

    September 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jeff

    chapman wasn't evil- he was sick. just sayin'

    September 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. J.S

    Reading the court papers was actually really interesting. He basically said that he didn't become a better person because he had remorse for the awful thing he did. He did it because he found Jesus. And that "anybody could have done what he did"....nice. I am glad he found Jesus, however doesn't EVERY inmate find Jesus?

    I am glad he didn't get paroled!

    September 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James Brady

    Aren't we done with this yet?

    September 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jerry

    While not the best way to become famous or someone in a way Mark David Chapman did become famous and someone of note. He will always be known as the man who killed John Lennon. The fact that there was also a movie made based on the events surrounding the murder of John Lennon give him more of what he craved in fame.

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