Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s killer, claims he found his peace in the forgiveness of Jesus. Chapman and his wife have ministry to reach out to inmates.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Chapman still seems to have some esteem in his killing of John Lennon.
When asked about how he stalked the Beatle in a recent parole hearing, Chapman said, “Incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking, very well thought out.”
He nevertheless confesses that his crime was horrible and attributed it to his depression, alcoholism and most of all, his need for fame. Lennon’s killer said that his self-esteem was shot, and that “bright light of fame was there. I couldn’t resist it.”
Chapman claims that his desire for notoriety has passed. He said in the hearing that he hasn’t taken an interview in 24 years. He owes his more functional life to one thing: Jesus.
“Jesus has helped me see that he loves me, and that’s what has made the difference in my life is him. God loves us all whether were celebrities or not, and he demonstrated his love by sending Christ to us.”
He has had more support than just his faith. As he talks about in his hearing, he is celebrating his 35th anniversary with his wife Gloria Abe, who stuck with him through the murder and years of imprisonment. His wife helps him minister to the prison inmates. Chapman went on about his faith.
“I found my peace in Jesus. I know him. He loves me. He has forgiven me. He has helped me in my life like you wouldn’t believe. That’s where I am right now.”
Although Jesus may have forgiven him for John Lennon’s murder, the parole board ultimately did not. Chapman confessed that he still gets letters from people affected by John Lennon’s death. A murder that will never be forgotten, especially by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono.
Ono witnessed John Lennon’s murder and again expressed her wish for Chapman to remain behind bars. Not only for the safety of society, but for the safety of the Lennon’s two sons and Chapman himself.
Chapman continues to talk about his faith towards the end of his hearing. Eventually saying:
“Sorry I got preachy, but that’s what I’m about, Jesus. Thank you very much for your time.”
In the end, preaching is too little to forgive the murder of John Lennon. To read the full transcript of Chapman’s parole hearing click here.
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