John Lennon’s Killer Had Other Stars On Hit List

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Johnny Carson Other Targets

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon’s killer couldn’t recall at his parole board hearing this month that he had considered shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead, but he couldn’t recall that he also thought about targeting Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The Sept. 7 interview at Attica prison in western New York, transcripts of which were released Thursday, was 55-year-old Mark David Chapman’s sixth appearance before parole officials since he became eligible for release in 2000.

In rare media interviews, Chapman has listed Onassis among potential targets but said in the parole interview he could recall only Carson and Taylor.

“I was going through that in my mind the other day; I knew you would probably ask that,” he told the panel via videoconference. “… I lose memory of perhaps the other two.”

Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after firing five shots outside the Dakota apartment house on Dec. 8, 1980, hitting Lennon four times in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, and others. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

As he has said in the past, he told officials he chose Lennon because the ex-Beatle was more accessible.

“I had a list of people and he was at the top of the list, and he seemed more accessible to me,” he said when asked why he chose Lennon. He said Lennon’s Manhattan apartment building “wasn’t quite as cloistered” as spots where he could find the others.

“It wasn’t about them, necessarily, it was just about me,” Chapman told the parole board. “It was all about me at the time.”

He continued: “If it wasn’t Lennon, it could have been someone else.”

According to an interview printed in People magazine in 1987, other potential targets included Lennon’s former bandmate Paul McCartney, actor George C. Scott, then-Hawaii Gov. George Ariyosha and then-President Ronald Reagan.

He said that his motivation was instant notoriety but that he now realizes he “made a horrible decision to end another human being’s life for reasons of selfishness.”

“I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not somebodies,” he told the parole board.

Chapman also told the board he is in good health and works as a porter and a law library clerk.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • valerie

    I hope he rots in jail forever!

  • greg lehman

    Whether he is sorry on not it doesn’t matter,he should never be released

  • River Rat

    He should be forced to listen to Yoko Ono’s greatest hits 24/7…..

  • Doug

    John Lennons been shot?

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  • Isaac Kireti

    Dissapointed to miss Lennon , I heard about him ,I dont get a chance to come across him. God bless Lennon and the Beattles.
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    Kilimanjaro African Culture Heritage Society,
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  • jet

    Knowing John’s music, personality and beliefs, I think he would want Chapman returned to society as soon as he’s declared fit by professionals.

  • DAS

    he should kill himself now

  • Mike Schweitzer

    or he could have climbed in a time machine and killed Adolf Hitler, or perhaps even counseled him into becoming a better human

  • frankie

    Like Flynn said I hope he will ponder on what he took his family and us. No parole for murderers …

  • Cindy

    Yeah, and he would have been considered a hero by many folks!

  • Jordan

    he could have killed idi amin better ruthless and cruel man, Amin could also be a ridiculous figure.But far far better target..

  • JGNY

    Maybe this will put to rest the crazy conspiracy nonsense that the US Govt was behind his murder. Of course, that is wishful thinking

  • Flynn

    At the very least, Chapman recognizes how stupid and selfish his act was.

    Now he can continue to ponder what he took from the world, and what is has done for him as he festers in jail thanks to the rejection of his parole.

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