by Roger Chartier:
Mark David Chapman is a real son of a bitch, who killed John Winston (Ono) Lennon on December 8, 1980, in front of John and Yoko Ono's apartment building, the Dakota, across from Central Park in New York City.
The rat bastard Chapman shot Lennon four times in the back. He stayed there like a douche bag holding a copy of "Catcher In The Rye" and leaning against the building until the cops cuffed him.
He changed his plea from innocent by reason of insanity to guilty of 2nd degree murder and got a sentence of 20 years to life.
As of this writing (January 5, 2014) he has never gotten a parole because Yoko and others have opposed it. He is still even now rotting in Attica State Prison, in New York State.
He has had 9 parole hearings and the next as of this writing will be in August 2018. In a recent hearing the parole board said "In spite of many favorable factors, we find all to be outweighed by the premeditated and celebrity seeking nature of the crime,"
So now that it's too late, and we will never have John Lennon back again, the anal sphincter decided to say he knows that what he did was wrong.
He was holding a copy of the book "A Catcher In The Rye" when he murdered Lennon. After his arrest, he wrote a letter to the media. In the letter, he wanted everyone to read the "extraordinary book" that may "help many to understand what has happened." He has said essentially that his statement for his actions is revealed in "A Catcher In The Rye".
I suspect that he helped to sell an awful lot of copies of the book after saying that.
If you read the book, you'll find that you can't rationally make a connection with the text of the book and the idea to kill John Lennon.
Chapman was just a visciously evil, and very bad person.
In his statement to police three hours later, Chapman stated, "I’m sure the large part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book.
The small part of me must be the Devil". The picture on the right was taken the same day by photographer Paul Goresh as John Lennon autographed an album (Double Fantasy) for Mark David Chapman who killed him later that day as John returned home from the Record Plant recording studio.
I am all wound up and pissed off about this. I have just finished reading the latest biography about John Lennon written by Phillip Normand. A good read - over 800 pages. I had been wishing that I had met John when I had the chance. Think about the idea that John could have written so many more great songs.