THE KILLER of John Lennon, Mark David Chapman has had his sixth application for release postponed after his parole board requested more information.
The 55-year-old has served 29 years in Attica correctional facility in New York or second-degree murder, and has had five applications for parole denied so far.
The latest application hearing has been put off until 6 September as Chapman’s parole board is seeking extra information to complete his record.
Chapman was convicted to serve a sentence of 20 years to life for the fatal shooting of musician John Lennon in 1980. He was also required to undergo psychiatric treatment, as he was believed to be suffering from a psychotic disorder.
Chapman is infamously linked to JD Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, as he carried the book with him when he shot Lennon and read excerpts from it at this trial. He likened himself to the book’s protagonist, Houlden Caulfield, and told police following his arrest:
“I’m sure the large part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil.”
Chapman had showed signs of a mental illness and reported hearing voices before he shot Lennon; he had developed a series of obsessions centring on art, music, John Lennon, and The Catcher in the Rye.
Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, who was with him when he was shot, has repeatedly called on Chapman’s parole board to deny his release. Ono has cited fears that she and her sons will be put in danger if her husband’s killer walks free.
Ivanka Trump on a G20 panel with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Source: SIPA USA/PA Images
DO YOU THINK it’s ok to boo a speaker at an event? And does it make a difference if that person is a world leader’s daughter?
While attending a women’s summit in Germany yesterday, US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was booed at after praising him as an advocate for women and families during a discussion on paid maternity leave.
“That is something I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency, he championed this in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” she said.
So we’re asking: Do you think it’s acceptable that Ivanka Trump was booed at?
TheJournal.ie is a full participating member of the Press Council of Ireland and supports
the Office of the Press Ombudsman. This scheme in addition to defending the freedom of the
press, offers readers a quick, fair and free method of dealing with complaints that they may
have in relation to articles that appear on our pages. To contact the Office of the
Press Ombudsman Lo-Call 1890 208 080 or go to
Journal Media does not control and is not responsible for user created content, posts, comments, submissions or preferences. Users are reminded that they are fully responsible for their own created content and their own posts, comments and submissions and fully and effectively warrant and indemnify Journal Media in relation to such content and their ability to make such content, posts, comments and submissions available. Journal Media does not control and is not responsible for the content of external websites.