John Lennon’s killerÂ Mark ChapmanÂ has explained why he fatally shot the formerÂ Beatle in 1980.
Chapman, 55, who has been incarcerated atÂ Attica Correctional Facility inÂ New York state since being convicted ofÂ Lennon’s murder in 1981, told the parole board about his reasons for the shooting, reportsÂ BBC News.
“I wasn’t thinking clearly,”Â ChapmanÂ said, according to a published transcript of the interview. “I made a horrible decision to end another human being’s life, for reasons of selfishness.”
He added: “I felt that by killingÂ John Lennon I would become somebody and instead of that I became a murderer, and murderers are not somebodies.”
Chapman also told the parole board that he had drawn up a list of people he wanted to kill.Â Lennon was top, with actressÂ Elizabeth Taylor and talk show hostÂ Johnny Carson also included.
In prison,Â Chapman works as a porter and a clerk in the law library. He wasÂ denied parole for the sixth time earlier this month.