Where is Mark Chapman now, why did he kill John Lennon and what has his wife Gloria Hiroko Chapman said?

BEATLES star John Lennon was shot dead outside his home in Manhattan, New York on December 8, 1980.

But who killed him and where is he now? Here is everything we know…

Who killed John Lennon?

Mark Chapman killed John Lennon.

Lennon was only 40-years-old and had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife Yoko Ono when he died.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Roosevelt Hospital, after getting four major gunshot wounds.

Chapman pleaded guilty to the murder of Lennon and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life imprisonment.

He has remained in prison ever since, having been denied parole 11 times due to campaigns against his release after he became eligible in 2000.

Where is Mark Chapman now?

Mark Chapman is currently serving a life prison sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York.

Last month he was denied parole for the 11th time.

Why did he kill him?

Chapman, a Beatles fan who had idolised Lennon, allegedly started planning to kill him three months before he committed the murder.

He turned against Lennon after making his religious conversion, and was angry about Lennon's well-publicised 1966 comment that Beatles were "more popular than Jesus."

During last month's hearing, Chapman said he killed Lennon for "glory" and that he deserved the death penalty.

He told the hearing that he thinks about the "despicable act" all the time and that he understands that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

"I just want to reiterate that I'm sorry for my crime," Chapman told the parole board at the correctional facility in New York.

"I have no excuse. This was for self-glory. I think it's the worst crime that there could be to do something to someone that's innocent.

"He was extremely famous. I didn't kill him because of his character or the kind of man he was. He was a family man. He was an icon.

"He was someone that spoke of things that now we can speak of and it's great.

"I assassinated him, to use your word earlier 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."

He added that he was "sorry for the pain" that he had caused Ono and that it was an "extremely selfish act".

What has his wife Gloria Hiroko Chapman said?

Gloria claims her husband told her of his plan to kill John Lennon two months before he carried out the murder.

She claims he didn’t go through with his initial threats – made in October – to kill the legendary Beatle the first time because of his love for her.

However, just eight weeks later, he travelled from their home in Hawaii back to New York to carry out the murder, enraged by Lennon’s claims of atheism.

Chapman’s wife, who currently lives in Hawaii, said when reports of the star’s death emerged, she immediately knew her husband was responsible.

She continues to remain devoted to her husband with the pair allowed 44 hours a year together while Chapman remains incarcerated.

Gloria revealed that the pair have sex during conjugal visits, and spend most of their time eating pizza and watching Wheel of Fortune on TV.

Following his arrest, Chapman and most of the couple’s friends urged her to divorce him.

However, she claims her faith ensured she remained true to her marriage vows and chose to stand by her man.

 

Why has Mark Chapman repeatedly failed in his parole bid?

Each time Chapman has applied for parole, the late John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono has written to the parole board to tell them to keep him in jail.

She has said that Chapman’s release would endanger her and the couple’s two sons.

Chapman has been denied parole for the 11th time by the parole board at the correction facility in New York.

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