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Lennon Killer 'Ashamed'

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On Tuesday, parole officials released the transcripts of John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman's latest hearing.

Chapman reportedly told parole officials during his latest unsuccessful bid for release that he is ashamed and sorry for gunning down the former Beatle and that, over the years, he has come to realize the gravity of what he did, and how it affected not only Lennon, but his wife, children and anybody who knew him.

He says:

"I recognized that that 25-year-old man, I don't think he really appreciated the life that he was taking, that this was a human being. I feel now at 53 I have grown into a deeper understanding of what a human life is. I have changed a lot."

He also told the parole board that he was seeking notoriety and fame to counter feelings of failure when he decided to kill Lennon.

"I would be something other than a nobody, and that was my reasoning at the time."

Chapman has been in prison for nearly 28 years.

He was sentenced to 20 years to life after pleading guilty to the murder.

The parole board's denial means he will remain in New York's Attica Correctional Facility for at least two more years.

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70 comments to “Lennon Killer 'Ashamed'”

  1. 1

    first?…prob more like 5th

  2. 2

    looks like u perez ……..

  3. Ulia says – reply to this


    PEREZ! You were right about that separated at birth post a bit ago.

    He's like you're nerdy/psychotic older brother who lives in your parents basement with lots of salt water fish and boy scout paraphernalia.

  4. 4

    yay i actually was first even tho this comment prob isnt even second but yay! my first comment was first. and i hope that guy stays in jail longer

  5. 5

    perez, he looks a bit like you…
    was that mean? sorry. :\

    it had to be done

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  7. 7

    He should rot in there.

  8. Bucky says – reply to this


    It's you dude.

  9. 9

    What a shame.
    It's too bad he didn't recognize this when he was 25(before he decided to kill Lennon).
    John Lennon would still be alive today.

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  11. 11

    Let him rot in there

  12. 12

    HOLY SHIT THAT LOOKS LIKE PEREZ HILTON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 13


  14. 14

    yes people, Perez alreday confirmed that he looks like him, he even did the seperated at birth thing. Where the hell have you guys been?

  15. 15

    He looks like you.

  16. 16

    Looks like Perez's Twin.

  17. 17

    Perez that looks exactly like you!!!!!!!!!

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  19. 19

    He should be locked up forever, not only was John Lennon a musical genius but also someones husband and father.

  20. SOBE says – reply to this



  21. 21

    Too little, too late.

  22. 22

    In prison for 28 years? He needs to be 28 years more…!!!! Funny how now he "understand" the value of a human life, now? When he is ready to leave on parolle? I still beleive this looser is dangerous to society…..Keep him locked!

  23. 23

    Why the fuck would Chapman want to be released? If he's ever let out, which I seriously doubt, he'd be either dead or seriously maimed by someone quick smart.
    Stay in for your own good. And Yeah I reckon he should Never be released for killing John, he deserves to die in prison.

  24. 24

    Re: Danneel aka Sandpiper
    yep..some of us missed that "separated at birth"

  25. 25

    It is unfortunate that his lips can still flap — he should have been in an electric chair a long time ago. He intentionally - cold bloodedly - murdered a man, a father, a husband a friend — to most of the world.

    I wish to God he somehow contracted leperosy and all his parts rotted and fell off one by one. That would be the ONLY reason to keep a room for this asshole in any prison.

  26. 26

    Re: adorabelle

    Oh no, is he going to be protesting abortion clinics next?

  27. 27

    he looks like you.. sorry.

  28. 28

    Re: Ulia – That IS perez hilton

  29. 29

    That does look like you.

  30. 30

    To bad he didn't kill ringo starr, he fuckin sucks!

  31. 31

    he's spouting bullshit.

    he knew exactly what he was doing WHEN he did it… it doesn't take 28 years to figure it out.

    and if he thinks he really does deserve to be released… then no, he DOESN'T understand the gravity of what he did.

  32. 32

    NY should be ashamed for not executing this p.o.s.

  33. 33

    I don't think that someone who thinks like that would be likely to have changed their thinking much over the years. I don't understand how someone could be seeking "fame" merely by killing someone. That is not even the meaning of "fame". When you're "famous" it's because many people like and admire you. Otherwise you're just "notorious", someone's who's well-known but not well-liked. People don't tend to like people who kill people who are well-liked. The only thing you would gain by that is having a lot of people know who your are but every one of them would think you were a creep. Like with OJ Simpson. His fame turned quickly to notoriety and now he's a social pariah. Why would anyone seek to be widely known and loathed? That can't be a good feeling.

  34. 34

    The fucker should be ashamed!

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  36. 36

    He should have thought about that when he was 25 years old. I still say he
    is not right in the head. He may target someone else. He needs to stay locked up for life! He took a beautiful soul!

  37. 37

    That fucker needs to spend the rest of his days rotting away in a cell while Revolution 9 is looped for infinity on a speaker nearby.

  38. 38

    I ALMOST feel bad saying this, but I think we need a separated at birth. Perez… I know you take it just as well as you dish it out, so don't be shy. We all know you look eerily similar.

  39. 39

    I still believe that if Chapman didn't kill a celebrity…he would have been paroled, years ago. Which, in and of itself…does not say anything for the criminal justice system, that we have in the US.
    Personally, I find it deplorable that most people want him incarcerated, simply because he killed Lennon. What if this guy killed a homeless person? Would you all feel the same way? I doubt it.

  40. 40

    well he got what he wanted, he got infammy he's not a nobody anymore just a shity precious turd. just because he's ashamed doesnt bring john lennon back to life. true, he should rot in jail.

  41. 41

    yes i would feel the same way, killing someone just because you "want to be somebody" is fucked. its insane. thats why he shouldnt have the right to get out..

  42. Louis says – reply to this


    He killed my joy so he should stay where he is, how many times can you keep an asshole where he should really be? I never been a fan of the Beatles but this was really one more thing in the scheme of things ( John Lennon being shot) after Malcom X, John and Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, men of my generations to be exterminated because they wanted to change our world.

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  44. 44

    heres my 2 cents about this topic.

    nobody should be giving this asshole any press coverege. this is why the sickos do what they do, so they can be immortilized and become famous. in my opinion, hes a cold blooded murderer who should be killed for what he did.
    dont give him the attention he wants.

  45. 45

    Re: Louis – I admit that John Lennon was a great singer/songwriter…but, to put him in the same sentence, alongside John, Bobby, Malcolm and Martin, is not apropos.
    Did Lennon ask for peace? Yes, I can't dispute that. Did he stand up before millions of people, and PREACH for equality, peace and forgiveness? No, I don't believe so. BTW…you forgot Abraham Lincoln. He, also, did more for equality than Lennon did.

  46. 46

    Please Perez — the next time you use space on your web site for this scumbag, let it be to announce his death.

  47. 47

    Mary-o, You KNOW he looks just like you!!! Ewwww!!!!!!!!!

  48. 48

    Omg I thought he posted an old picture of himself for some reason….Not being mean, it's VERY clear those two are similar looking (though this guy looks chubbier.)

  49. lucia says – reply to this


    uh.. first and foremost.. perez is lookng more and more sexy these days… there is NO comparison.. now to the story. homeboy took the life of an amazing aritst.. he deserves nothing more than to sit in his jail cell every day for the rest of his life. bail should never be considered when murder is the conviction.

  50. 50

    Freakin me man, but he does look a wee it like ya!!!!

  51. 51

    You just realized the gravity of what you did? Dude, you took the life of someone who was just getting his sea-legs as a solo artist. He wrote and co-wrote some of the best songs that still last today. And you a nothing, a nobody! No matter what disease you had, you were no John Lennon! You were and are a fat dork with no future. A lot of people related to John Lennon. Yes, Yoko sucked the life out of The Beatles, but know that John's downfall begin with that non-talented love-you-long-time cooter. You should stop asking for Parole. Jail is your safe zone simply because if you got Parole, you would most likely get the same fate that you give John Lennon. So Coo coo, kachoo and sit back and enjoy your "wife" and live on the taxpayers dime.

  52. 52

    Never let that fucker get out… not just because he murdered a person, but because he will be in danger too.

  53. 53

    I hope somebody gives him what he gave John Lennon when he gets out.
    Murder's too good for that sack of shit!

  54. 54

    yah, he should be ashamed. john lennon is one of my idols even though i wasnt even alive when he was. thats how powerful he is people love him decades and decades after his death. its sad: all he wanted was peace.

  55. 55

    sounds like he's been practicing that speech

  56. 56

    The fact is…he took a life. It's just that he took Lennon's life, that it is so publicly debated. He caused Lennon's family pain, suffering and a loss that has, and always will, affect them. This guy should stay in prison for life…he took one, he needs to give one!

  57. 57

    okay..that sounds strikingly similar to the shpeel that morgan freeman's character gave at all his early parole hearings in "Shawshank Redemption". It didn't work in the movie either.

  58. 58

    its disgusting that anyone knows his name

    and if he really read the catcher in the rye, that INSPIRED him to kill john lennon, he would've realized the book was about holden growing as a person

    not killing a legend.

    THE legend.

  59. 59

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  60. 60

    Re: phelps:)
    Couldn't agree with you more Phelps.
    John Lennon was the man and Chapman chose him cos he knew full well what a legend Lennon was and how people would always hold him in their hearts as a true genius and amazing musician and human being.

  61. 61

    Mario- did your momma tell you you had a twin? Cause you sure do, and he's famous! You should try to cash in on it! This dude ( your twin) looks just like you, except he didn't get whiter than white dental veneers and put on a controlled diet and get a personal trainer. I'm sure he gets lots of lovin' the Perez way in prison though.

  62. 62

    Well, this is what he gets. You kill a world beloved musician just to get yourself known, you're just gonna have to suffer the consequences the rest of your life…

    At 25 years of age, you should know the value of a human life.

  63. 63

    Fuck him. Rot, you bastard.

  64. 64

    @ Ulia, LOL!

  65. 65

    why dont they put a bullet in this guys head already????????????????????

  66. 66

    Mark David Chapman and Perez Hilton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. 67

    He should stay in prision..for his own good… cuz I imagine that Lennon's fans would make his life a shit

  68. 68

    Dude, this guy's still nuts. I have a friend who is a corrections officer at Attica and all Chapman does is sit in his cell and play Beatles songs all day, STILL. Keep him locked up. Sheesh.

  69. 69

    He killed a Beatle. I don't know what particular brand of crack he was smoking at the time, but he definitely deserves to rot in prison. I can't believe he was only sentenced for 20 years to life…he's only served 28 and he's whining to get out? For what? So he can "Oops!" and kill another legend? Being 25 at the time is NO excuse for what he did, either. I'm 25 and you won't be hearing about me shooting up anyone!

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