John Lennon's killer also considered Liz Taylor

Mark David Chapman, in parole hearing, calls killing ex-Beatle "a horrible decision." Panel denies to release him


Associated Press
September 17, 2010 1:35AM (UTC)

The man who fatally shot John Lennon outside his New York City apartment says he considered killing Johnny Carson and Elizabeth Taylor but the ex-Beatle was more accessible.

Mark David Chapman also says the bullets he used came from a former police officer friend.

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Chapman told a New York parole board earlier this month he borrowed $5,000 from his wife's father to pay for his trip from Hawaii to shoot Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980.

The details are in a transcript of his latest hearing released Thursday.

Chapman was denied parole after the Sept. 7 hearing, his sixth since becoming eligible in 2000. He will be up again in 2012.

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Chapman told the panel killing Lennon was "a horrible decision." He said he thought killing someone famous would make him somebody but instead it only made him a murderer.


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