Mark Chapman shot and killed Beatles rockstar John Lennon on December 8, 1980. He was sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison. Chapman wrote a prison letter to a penpal confessing that he met Jesus Christ in prison.
In Chapman’s letter to a penpal named Michael, the famous 62-year-old prisoner said Jesus has forgiven him of his sins.
“I hope you will come to know Jesus,” Mark Chapman Writes
Chapman wrote in his letter to Michael:
“Jesus is who I would like to write to you of today.
For he is not merely a character in a story, but a real, living person who I have come to know. Jesus is everything. I have found this out through the many long years here at Attica. He has never left me.”
He went on to tell his pen-pal how Jesus came to die for sinners and shed his blood for all. The convicted murderer told his friend at the end of the letter:
“I wanted you to know that you, too, can actually know and feel this savior. For he is truly one. I know.
I hope you will come to know Jesus.”
Having served 12 years in prison, the famous prisoner confessed to killing John Lennon.
“Twelve years ago, I shot and killed the rock superstar John Lennon, formerly of the Beatles. There is a book that explains my motivations for this heinous crime, but let me say here that it was a horrible occurrence; I have never forgotten it.”
Chapman wrote that the title of his new book is “The Prisoner’s Letter.”
Mark Chapman’s Letter Sold for $350 on Auction Website
Chapman’s letter came to public knowledge after it sold for $350 on a crime collectables website. The site is Serial Killers Ink, and owned by Eric Holler, 47. The website sells the personal belongings of notorious criminals from around the world. Holler admitted that he’d never met Chapman before.
“It sold for $350 about an hour after it was listed on the website,” Holler said. “I would love to obtain more Chapman items as they are in demand and sell extremely well.”
John Lennon’s killer has appeared nine times before the parole board but has been denied parole each time. The music legend’s widow, Yoko Ono, has campaigned against his release each time. And Chapman’s family insists they would prefer he remained behind bars.
Mark Chapman was formerly incarcerated at the Attica State Correctional Facility in New York. He is now at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York. Wende is a maximum security prison.