Mark David Chapman, the man in prison for killing John Lennon, wrote four letters to his arresting officer. Now former officer Stephen Spiro is selling those letters online.
Spiro arrested Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, the night of John Lennon’s murder. He was caught waiting at Lennon’s house for the cops and reading TheCatcher In The Rye.
Chapman, denied role for a seventh time last year, is serving a sentence of 20 years to life for his crime.
CNN, which spoke to Stephen Spiro about the decision to sell the letters, reports the documents were written from January to May of 1983. He was candid:
“They’ve been in my possession for 30 years, and I’m 66 years old, and I’m saying, you know, what am I going to do with these things? So I figured I’d sell them.”
To sell his four letters from Mark David Chapman, Spiro chose Moments In Time, a retail website that specializes in historic documents and rare autographs.
In the letters Chapman tells Spiro that he considers him a good officer and a friend.
In thirty years on the police force, Chapman is the only person to have ever written Spiro letters from prison. Spiro wrote Chapman a few letters back, only to be cut off quickly by the prisoner.
Stephen Spiro will donate some of the money he makes from the sale to a local shelter for battered women. The letters will go on sale for $75,000 Monday for anyone interested in owning a part of history.
Would you be interested in own letters written by the man who killed John Lennon?