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The man who killed John Lennon has revealed he intended to commit suicide right after shooting the Beatles legend on December 8, 1980.

Mark Chapman, 61, said he had saved a bullet for himself but bailed on the idea because he was a total chicken shit.


He's revealed disturbing new details about the day he shot the music icon.

Chapman continues to confirm that the murder was an act of horrendous self-obsession and ego.

The revelation was taken from the transcript of his recent parole hearing and published by the New York Post.

Mark Chapman's mugshot. Image: PA


Remembering the fateful night outside the Dakota building in Manhattan where Lennon had been living with his wife Yoko Ono and their son Sean, Chapman said:

"He came out, and this is a part that I really regret happening, he came out and, as a ruse, I had his album and a pen and I asked him to sign the album.

"He took his time. He asked me if I wanted anything else.

"His wife had come out with him... and she was waiting in a limo and that's something I often reflect on how decent he was to just a stranger.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Image: PA

"He signed the album and gave it back to me. He got in the limo."

Chapman returned at 10:50pm and shot Lennon four times in the back in cold blood.

He hung about the scene until police arrived, reading JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - a embarrassing book for an embarrassing excuse of a human being.

"That's a true sociopathic mind," Chapman added.

The entrance to the Dakota today. Image: PA

"I will say this: Towards the end, I would say the last hour or so, I did talk to myself.

"I sent up a prayer and said please help me turn this around. I couldn't do it... I couldn't do it."

"Other than that, there was no feeling towards his son or his wife or himself.

"I was obsessed on one thing and that was shooting him so that I could be somebody."

Let's be happy that he got denied parole for the ninth time running.

RIP John Lennon.

Featured image: Lennon signing a copy for Mark Chapman

Topics: Murder

Josh Teal

Josh Teal is a journalist at LADbible. He has contributed to the 'Knowing Me, Knowing EU' and 'UOKM8?' campaigns interviewing everyone from student drug dealers to climate change activists.