View Full Version : John Lennon killer denied parole

06-10-04, 15:42

John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, will stay in prison after a parole board in New York refused his release.

The board said Tuesday's decision was based on the "extreme malicious intent" Chapman had shown in shooting the former Beatle in Manhattan in 1980.

It is the third time Chapman, 49, has tried and failed to secure his freedom.

The board told Chapman he had "a clear lack of respect for life" and subjected Lennon's widow Yoko Ono to "monumental suffering by her witnessing the crime".

The decision to keep him behind bars was based on an interview, a review of records and deliberation, the board said.

"During the interview, your statements for motivation acknowledges the attention you felt this murder would generate," they told him.

"Although proven true, such rationale is bizarre and morally corrupt."

The statement said Chapman's "positive disciplinary record" in jail was taken into account.

But it added: "To release you on parole at this time would significantly undermine respect for the law."

His previous applications for parole - in 2000, when he first became eligible after serving 20 years, and in 2002 - were also turned down.

Ono wrote to the board opposing the release, saying Chapman remained a threat to her and Lennon's sons, Sean and Julian.

She said Chapman's release would "bring back the nightmare, the chaos and the confusion once again".

Ono was with the musician when he was assassinated outside their apartment in the Dakota Building, New York on 8 December 1980.

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3718144.stm)

06-10-04, 15:44
Well I didn't even know this man was still alive! :rolleyes:

06-10-04, 15:46
Is 24 years in prison enough? What do people think?

I'm kinda swinging towards the belief that he's done enough time now.

06-10-04, 15:54
Not being familiar with the psychiatric reports, I wouldn't like to judge.

06-10-04, 17:34
Sorry, once a killer always a killer, its either in you or it isnt, i think people like that belong in the army, because like everything else in life, you are born in many different ways, and i can believe that people are born killers.

Anyway, getting way out my depth as usual, http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

What i would like to say though Net is that i didnt even Kno they caught his killer, i love his last album, well i think its the greatest hits i have , i dont know.

08-10-04, 00:05
I agree with Net. 24 years does not make up for a life. In any circumstances.
I reckon murderers should be in jail until they themselves die.

08-10-04, 08:36
When I read in the papers that Mark Chapman was up for parole, I was shocked to think that they would even consider such a motion, and I'm very relieved that it was refused. This man took another mans life, took away someones son, husband, father and friend ... for no reason !!!!

I don't care how much it costs to keep him inside ... There he must stay.

08-10-04, 18:16
Was this guy mad or a serial killer? Was he a psycopath? Sorry, I don't know much about him- but agreeing with AE and thediva- He killed... he stays in jail.

08-10-04, 18:20
Was this guy mad or a serial killer? Was he a psycopath? Sorry, I don't know much about him- but agreeing with AE and thediva- He killed... he does the time, what he took away in the first place: LIFE.

08-10-04, 18:46
Yeah I agree if you take another's life then you forfeit your own life in my book! :mad: