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article imageMan who killed John Lennon seeks forgiveness from Yoko Ono

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 15, 2014 in Crime
Mark David Chapman, the man who shot Beatle John Lennon dead 34 years ago this month, has written to Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and asked her to forgive him. Chapman's wife says she has also written Ono.
Seeks forgiveness from Yoko Ono
Serving 20 years to life, Chapman's alleged efforts to gain forgiveness may be genuine or could be a ploy. Eight times Chapman has come up for parole and every time Ono has been in contact with the parole board asking them to deny his request.
However, in an interview with the Daily Mail, Gloria Chapman, a Japanese-American woman who married her husband in 1979, says he continues his love of Jesus Christ and that it is not about changing Ono's mind. During her visits to him in prison, she says they sometimes talk about Lennon.
"We do talk about Lennon at times. There is nothing I can’t discuss with Mark," she said. "We spoke about him during my last visit in October. And we prayed for Yoko. I feel for her. One thing we prayed for is that she finds Jesus Christ in her life and to find forgiveness for Mark.
"I hope some day I could meet her and express that…Mark and I both wrote letters to her. He isn’t angry or upset that she has pleaded with judges not to release him. I think he understands.”
John Lennon shot four times
Chapman shot Lennon four times outside of the Dakota apartments in New York on December 8, 1980. The killing, which appeared in some muddled way to have a connection to J.D Salinger's popular novel, The Catcher in the Rye, stunned the world and sent Beatle fans into mourning. The Beatles' most controversial and loved member, even after their break-up, had come to represent an era to many.
There were, at the time of his death, reported to be group therapy sessions where participants worked out their grief over his loss. His death also lead to suicides, though how many isn't known.
Gloria said that she believes her husband and Lennon will meet in heaven and hopes Ono would be willing to go to the prison Chapman is in near Buffalo and meet him. She said he's a nice person and believes Ono would like him.
Chapman, his wife said, also forgives Paul McCartney for recently saying that Chapman is the "jerk of all jerks." He would also like to meet McCartney, who Gloria said would surely "get on well" with her husband.
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