On the 34th year of beloved Beatles member John Lennon’s death, the wife of the killer speaks to the media for the first time. Gloria Abe Chapman spoke to the media about her husband, Mark Chapman, and about the incident that shook their 18-month-old marriage. Moreover, Gloria hopes that Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, will finally forgive her husband for the crime he had committed.
Back on Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon fans throughout the world froze in shock with the announcement that their favorite Beatles member was shot four times outside his Dakota building home in New York City. The brutal slaying of the singer launched a number of suicides and even counselling sessions for those who had idolized the singer.
Later on, Chapman was discovered to have been the one to have murdered the singer. His penalty was to spend 20 years-to-life behind bars. On several occasions, Chapman has been denied parole, especially since the late singer’s widow, Ono, continues to plead against his release.
On the 34th year of the slain singer’s death, it seems like the Chapmans have another request from the widow — forgiveness.
Speaking with Daily Mail, Gloria Chapman reiterated the numerous times they have tried to write letters to Ono, hoping that she would forgive the crime committed. As definite by Gloria, this action was a desperate attempt to salve her husband’s conscience for what he has done.
If there was something her husband could say to the Lennon family, Gloria believes that Mark would apologize for the pain he has caused and how much he wanted forgiveness for his sin. As to the motive behind killing the singer, Gloria says that her husband “put himself first” and was not thinking about anything other than the fame killing Lennon could bring him.
During his annual conjugal visit with her husband, Gloria reveals that they talk about everything — religion, life, and even Lennon. On her recent 44-hour visit in October, the couple apparently prayed for Ono and that she would find Jesus Christ in her life. They believe that this would help her forgive Mark.
Other than forgiveness, Gloria was interviewed about Sir Paul McCartney’s recent remarks on her husband: “the jerk of all jerks.” In response to this, Gloria hopes that the former Beatles member would visit her husband in prison since she believes “Mark is a very likeable and loving person.” Gloria believes McCartney will take a liking to her husband.
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