Sunday 19 November 2017

John Lennon's killer plotted Liz Taylor hit

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

MARK Chapman, John Lennon's killer, has said that he considered trying to murder Elizabeth Taylor, or Johnny Carson, the US chat show host, but decided the Beatle would be an easier target.

Chapman (55), has been in jail since shooting Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan on December 8, 1980, in front of his wife, Yoko Ono.

In his latest parole hearing this month, Chapman said he chose to attack Lennon because the Dakota building "wasn't quite as cloistered" as spots where he could find other stars on his list.

Chapman told the parole board: "He seemed more accessible to me. If it wasn't Lennon, it could have been someone else." He said there were other names, in addition to Taylor and Carson, on a list but he could not remember them. Carson died in 2005.

In the past, Chapman has suggested that he also considered killing Paul McCartney and Ronald Reagan.

He was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in jail for murdering Lennon and is currently held in Attica prison in New York. His latest parole bid was refused.

According to a transcript, Chapman said that Lennon, Taylor and Carson were on his list "because they were famous, that's it" and he thought that by killing them he would achieve "instant notoriety". (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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