“So this is obviously very embarrassing for me now, having committed murder.” - Mark David Chapman
December 8, 1980 was one of the most tragic days in music history. A man just going home for the night was shot in the back four times. The assailant, when done with this horrible crime, stayed on the scene and started to read The Catcher in the Rye. He showed no remorse for what he had done and still doesn’t realize what kind of an impact he had on the world.
Millions around the world wonder why John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota. As news spread, turn table arms were lifted in mid-song by stunned DJ’s to share the horrific news. People who never met Lennon cried at the loss of the peaceful man who left this world in such a violent way.
August 22, 2012 Chapman had become eligible for parole for the murder of John Lennon. As his parole request was denied, Chapman made the statements that he could’ve easily gone after Johnny Carson or George C. Scott. Why did he shoot Lennon? “Because he was very famous. If [Lennon] was less famous than three or four other people on the list, he would not have been shot,” Chapman told the board.
“He was very kind to me,” Chapman stated to the board. “Very cordial and very decent man.” But Chapman “was so compelled to commit murder that nothing would have dragged me away from that building. When Mr. Lennon passed me I turned, pulled out my weapon and shot him in the back.” He stated, “This is obviously very embarrassing for me now, having committed murder.”
"I'm so bonded that I could probably assure you that, if released, I'd probably stay right where I'm at," Chapman said to ABC. "You know, once you stand on a rock for 20 years and feel the waves on you and you don't go anywhere because you're on a rock, you don't want to move."
Seeing Chapman stay in prison is somewhat frustrating for some of the fans. So many have wondered why the man wasn’t sentenced to be executed. The man within his claims of being insane, stalking Lennon, shows all of us the kind of person that he truly is.
As the world is reminded of the loss of John Lennon several music fans cringe at the mere thoughts of letting this man out ever. It merely can’t happen. The man needs to be locked away in a room and throw away the room.
Behind bars is probably the best place for this warped man. If for some reason Mark David Chapman should ever be released from prison, where is he going to go? The prison system cannot release him back into the world. So many Lennon and Beatles fans would gladly hurt this man for what he has done. Too many fans would go to the end of the Earth to seek revenge for the loss of Lennon. If anyone would ever hurt Chapman, they will become as popular as Jack Ruby.
The comments from Lennon question if he knew how and when he was going to die. He made statements during his life that made it seem as if he was predicting his death. Three weeks before the shooting, John Lennon had fired his bodyguard. His reply was that any killer would just shoot the bodyguard first. When he was still a Beatle, Lennon was asked how he might die. Lennon replied, “I'll probably be popped off by some loony.”
“We were not bored," John said "and certainly did not run out of songs. I was paranoid about somebody trying to bump us off." When he heard that the Beatles' former road manager had been shot dead by Los Angeles police, he said over and over again, "I'm next, I know it." Lennon believed in the afterlife. "I am an optimist about eternity. I believe in life after death. I believe that death is not an end but a beginning."
During the 1960’s as The Beatles decided to stop touring they had been asked many times why. John’s response with the stress and pressures of touring stated, “I don’t want to be dead at age 40.” On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot four times in the back by a loony. He was 40 years old.
Over thirty years since this act of lunacy and John Lennon is still one of the most popular celebrities ever. Mark David Chapman and his insane ways touched the lives of millions around the world. The act of violence was done for no valid reason at all. Imagine there was no Mark David Chapman. What could’ve happened would have been amazing.