Mark Chapman

December 8, 2010 by Post Team 

Mark Chapman, John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman wanted to capitalize on his notoriety by selling an album Lennon signed for him hours before he was shot, it appeared.

In a never-seen-before letter posted from the New York facility Attica Correctional, where he is currently in solitary confinement, Chapman asks a memorabilia specialist from New Jersey to how the album Lennon signed – Double Fantasy – would be helpful.

In the letter written five years after the murder, Chapman tells matter-of-factly how he shot John Lennon December 8, 1980, but how early the same day he had succeeded asked him to sign the Lennon and Yoko Ono record, released just days earlier.

At 17 pm that fateful day, Chapman had stood outside the apartment of John Lennon’s Manhattan – Dakota building – with a pistol in his pocket. When Lennon emerged, Chapman held out the folder and a pen.

Lennon signed the cover “John Lennon in December 1980 and, oddly, twice asked Chapman after” Is this what you want? “. Chapman stood in silence, stunned that he had signed the document and Lennon simply got in his limo and left.

At 10:40 p.m. when Lennon returned from his recording studio, Chapman was there to meet him and fired four bullets into his back on the steps of the building Dakota.

In the letter, Chapman tells how he then placed the signed minutes next to the security guard booth outside the Dakota Building.

It would later be found by Philip Michael, of Hamburg, New Jersey, who gave the album to the police. He was returned to him after Chapman pleaded guilty to murder.

Michael waited 19 years before offering it for sale while Chapman mounted a desperate legal battle to get it repaired.

The record was bought in 1999 by an anonymous American and in 2004 he went to sell at the new price of £ 274 000 through the memorabilia of a U.S. website, described as “the most important historic rock memorabilia ever ‘.

Chapman letter, which was dated April 10, 1986, more than five years after the murder, said: “I tried unsuccessfully for years (two attorneys) to get this back.”

Chapman then claims he wanted to put up for auction to give money to a children ‘charity, adding “I felt it was the least I could do.”

Then quickly go to work in the next sentence, Chapman asks, “Now, is there a way to assess the value of such a point that? I often want to write (to) a dealer about this, but I did not. ”

The scrawled letter continues: “Is there a value that can be attributed to an article like this? Is this something that could not be determined at auction? Please let me know your feelings on this subject. ”

Chapman goes on to write that he also signed autobiography of late U.S. comedian Sophie Tucker. “I was wondering if it worth something? He says.

Chapman then asked the expert if he has any Stephen King holograph material. Then, significantly, he asks: “All the letters JD Salinger available? I like the holograph letters.

Chapman was known for being obsessed with JD Salinger Catcher, In the Rye and it is thought the book inspired the killing.

Moments after shooting Lennon, Chapman threw his gun into an ornamental bush and calmly waited for police, reading a copy of the Salinger novel outside the Dakota Building.

In the months preceding the commission of the murder, Chapman had more and more angry against his former idol Lennon, believing he had become the worst kind of person, UN”faux.

“Drôle”est a term used repeatedly by Caulfield Salinger anti-hero Holden in Catcher in the Rye.

Chapman saw the former Beatle as a sell-out who had betrayed the idealism of his youth, and resented his attitudes towards religion.

When police arrived on the scene, they asked him: “Do you know what you did?”Yes,” said Chapman evenly. “I just shot John Lennon.

The letter concludes: “Could you send me the addresses of dealers who may have any of the above? Thank you very much, Mark David Chapman.

The fascinating letter emerged only recently during research in a new book in preparation on the life of Lennon.

Though Chapman is now considered a model prisoner, it is unlikely he will ever parole because of the sensitivity of the case. The killing of Lennon shocked the world with his nonsense. Chapman was denied parole for the fourth time in October 2006 because of the “bizarre nature” of the crime. Chapman was in prison for 27 years. He became eligible for parole after serving 20 years to life imprisonment.

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