Facts about Mark Chapman

Mark David Chapman is 67 years old
Born: May 10, 1955
Best known as: The man who killed John Lennon


Mark David Chapman Biography

Mark David Chapman shot and killed musician John Lennon December 8, 1980, outside the Dakota Apartments in New York City.

Mark David Chapman was a former security guard from Hawaii who came to New York specifically to attack the famous ex-Beatle. He waited outside the Dakota, then shot John Lennon with a snub-nosed revolver as Lennon was returning with his wife, Yoko Ono, from a late-night recording session. Chapman made no attempt to flee and was arrested on the spot.

Though Chapman’s lawyer initially entered a plea of insanity, Chapman later changed the plea to guilty. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, a sentence which he began serving in New York’s Attica prison. Mark David Chapman became eligible for parole in 2000, but was denied parole that year — and has been denied parole again every two years since then.

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Mark David Chapman was carrying a copy of the J.D. Salinger book The Catcher In the Rye when he killed Lennon… Mark David Chapman married the former Gloria Hiroko in 1979 in Hawaii. They remain married, and Gloria Chapman lives in Hawaii.


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