John Lennon’s Killer, Mark Chapman, Is Denied Parole


On Sunday, Mark David Chapman, 61, the convicted murderer of John Lennon, was denied parole for the ninth time. He'll be eligible again in two years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reports from the New York Daily News revealed that five letters recommending his parole this year were received by the board, but Yoko Ono had written the board opposing it. At his last hearing in 2014, Chapman claimed to have found Jesus and said he was an “idiot” for killing Lennon, according to CNN. Chapman shot Lennon in front of the musician's home in New York City on December 8, 1980, while Lennon was returning from a recording session with Yoko Ono. He was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Strawberry Fields, a tribute to Lennon in Central Park, opened in 1985.