John Lennon's killer revealed details of shooting as he was denied parole for the ninth time
This May 15, photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections shows Mark David Chapman at the Wende Correctional. Mark Chapman, 61, has admitted he was “too much of a coward” to Christian recalled meeting Lennon outside his apartment building in New. Read CNN's Mark David Chapman Fast Facts and learn more about the life of the man who killed musician John Lennon.
According to reports, Gamble and Moran tried to speak to Lennon while he was in the back of their patrol car. The trauma staff at Roosevelt was waiting for them.Yoko: Too Soon to Talk About Mark David Chapman
On duty that night was Dr. David Halleran, then a year-old-third year general surgeon.
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Halleran suspected something was amiss. David Halleran Speaking to InsideEdition. As they were bringing him to the station, Cullen turned to Chapman. Meanwhile, Frauenberger and Palma brought Ono to the hospital. She kept asking if he was going to be alright and we tried to reassure her, but I knew it was serious.
At that point, Lennon had lost so much blood that he had no pulse. To try to get it back, Dr. At first, he had no idea whose heart was in his hands. He had photos in his coat pocket. She called their friend, record executive David Geffen, who rushed to the hospital. He was very much gone.
During his broadcast, he revealed John Lennon's death to American audiences for the first time. Later, hospital ER director Stephen Lynn held a press conference to make the official announcement.
I just wanted to go home. I wish we had a better outcome. The two officers called additional officers to the building for crowd control. After leaving Geffen and Ono at the Dakota, Frauenberger and Palma returned to the 20th precinct to file paperwork and meet up with Cullen and Spiro.
Palma said that he took Chapman to the bathroom in the precinct after they called his wife. The gunman began getting nervous. It became an obsession. Early in the morning, a distracted Chapman missed seeing Lennon step out of a cab and enter the Dakota.
Later in the morning, he met Lennon's housekeeper who was returning from a walk with their five-year-old son Sean.
Chapman reached in front of the housekeeper to shake Sean's hand and said he was a beautiful boy, quoting Lennon's song " Beautiful Boy Darling Boy ". As they walked toward their limousineChapman shook hands with Lennon and asked for him to sign a copy of his album, Double Fantasy.
In a later interview, Chapman said he tried to get Goresh to stay and he asked another Lennon fan who was lingering at the building's entrance to go out with him that night. He suggested if the girl had accepted his invitation or Goresh had stayed, he would not have murdered Lennon that evening, but he probably would have tried another day.
They got out of the vehicle, passed Chapman and walked toward the archway entrance of the building. From the street behind them, Chapman fired five hollow-point bullets from a. Lennon" and dropped into a combat stance. The first responders recognized Lennon's wounds were severe and decided not to wait for an ambulance.
They rushed the mortally wounded musician to Roosevelt Hospital in a squad car, but nothing could be done to save him. Lennon was pronounced dead by Dr. Stephan Lynn at In his statement to police three hours later, Chapman stated, "I'm sure the big part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil.
He told police he had used hollow-point bullets "because they are more deadly" and "to ensure Lennon's death". A battery of standard diagnostic procedures and over hours of clinical interviews were conducted. All six defense experts concluded Chapman was psychotic ; five diagnosed paranoid schizophreniawhile the sixth felt his symptoms were more consistent with manic depression. The three prosecution experts declared his delusions fell short of psychosis and instead diagnosed various personality disorders.
The court-appointed experts concurred with the prosecution's examiners he was delusional, yet competent to stand trial. In the examinations, Chapman was more cooperative with the prosecution's mental health experts than with those for the defense, possibly according to one psychiatrist because he did not wish to be considered "crazy", and was persuaded that the defense experts only declared him insane because they were hired to do so.
Charles McGowan, who had been pastor of Chapman's church in Decatur, Georgia, visited Chapman as well, and told him of his conviction that it was religion that held the key to his crime. Chapman initially embraced his old religion with new fervor as a result; but after McGowan revealed information to the press Chapman had told him in confidence, Chapman disavowed his renewed interest in Christianity and reverted to his initial explanation: When asked why it was so important for people to read the book, Chapman said he did not know and did not care.
Police feared Lennon fans might storm the hospital, so they transferred Chapman to Rikers Island for his personal safety. In February, Chapman sent a handwritten statement to The New York Times urging everyone to read The Catcher in the Rye, calling it an "extraordinary book that holds many answers. However, in June, Chapman told Marks he wanted to drop the insanity defense and plead guilty. Marks objected with "serious questions" over Chapman's sanity, and legally challenged his competence to make this decision.
In the pursuant hearing on June 22, Chapman said God had told him to plead guilty and he would not change his plea or ever appealregardless of his sentence. Marks told the court he opposed Chapman's change of plea but Chapman would not listen to him. Judge Dennis Edwards refused a further assessment, saying Chapman had made the decision of his own free willand declared him competent to plead guilty.
Two experts gave evidence on Chapman's behalf. Judge Edwards interrupted Dorothy Lewisa research psychiatrist who was relatively inexperienced in the courtroom, indicating the purpose of the hearing was to determine the sentence and there was no question of Chapman's criminal responsibility.
Lewis had maintained Chapman's decision to change his plea did not appear reasonable or explicable, and she implied the judge did not want to allow an independent competency assessment. When Chapman was asked if he had anything to say, he rose and read the passage from The Catcher in the Rye, when Holden tells his little sister, Phoebe, what he wants to do with his life: I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.
Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.
That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all.
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The judge ordered psychiatric treatment for Chapman during his incarceration and sentenced him to twenty-years-to-life, five years less than the maximum sentence of twenty-five-years-to-life. After he fasted for twenty six days in Februarythe New York State Supreme Court authorized the state to force feed him. Martin Von Holden, the director of the Central New York Psychiatric Center, said Chapman still refused to eat with other inmates but agreed to take liquid nutrients.
There were prisoners in the building who were "not considered a threat to him," according to the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He had his own prison cell, but spent "most of his day outside his cell working on housekeeping and in the library.
He was barred from participating in the Cephas Attica workshops, a charitable organization helping inmates adjust to life outside prison. He was also prohibited from attending the prison's violence and anger management classes due to concern for his safety. Chapman reportedly enjoys reading and writing short stories.
At his parole board hearing inhe described his plans; "I would immediately try to find a job, and I really want to go from place to place, at least in the state, church to church, and tell people what happened to me and point them the way to Christ. The program allows him to spend up to forty-eight hours alone with his wife in a specially built prison home.
He also gets occasional visits from his sister, clergy, and a few friends. InJames Flateau, a spokesman for the Department of Correctional Services, said Chapman had been involved in three "minor incidents" between and for delaying an inmate count and refusing to follow an order.
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Book, interviews, and media appearances[ edit ] Chapman refused all requests for interviews following the murder and during his first six years at Attica, later saying that he did not want to give the impression that he killed Lennon for fame and notoriety.
Gaines interviewed him and wrote a three-part, 18,word People magazine series in February and March He later gave a series of audio-taped interviews to Jack Jones of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Chapman refused to go on camera but, after praying over it, consented to tell his story in a series of audiotapes.
Under New York state law, he is required to have a parole hearing every two years from that year onwards. Since that time, a three-member board has denied Chapman parole ten times. Shortly before Chapman's first hearing, Yoko Ono sent a letter to the board opposing his release from prison.
At the minute hearing, Chapman said he was not a danger to society and that Lennon would have approved of his release. The parole board concluded releasing Chapman would "deprecate the seriousness of the crime and serve to undermine respect for the law" and that Chapman's granting of media interviews represented a continued interest in "maintaining [his] notoriety.
The board stated again releasing Chapman after twenty-two years in prison would "deprecate the seriousness" of the crime, and while his behavioral record continued to be positive, it was no predictor of his potential community behavior. The parole board held a third hearing and declined parole yet again.
One of the reasons given by the board was Chapman had subjected Ono to "monumental suffering by her witnessing the crime. Ono's letter opposing his release stated Chapman would not be safe outside of prison.