John Lennon's killer staying in jail

mark-david-chapman-mugshot Mark David Chapman, who said his 1980 assassination of John Lennon required "incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking," has been denied parole for the eighth time.

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  1. Molding in a stinky cell is where he belongs. Just hard to feel sorry for this guy...

  2. John Lennon was one of those tragic examples of someone who climbs out of a fractured family, finds fame, drinks way too much, cleans up their life, and then just when they have balance in their lives, wham.

  3. Please please please remove his name from this post. To true Lennon fans, he is the Man Who Must Never Be Named. Never forget that he did this crime to make himself famous, so media outlets who name him just perpetuate this. Notably, the 1988 biopic Imagine neither names him nor shows his face or talks about him at all, which is the way it should be.

    Ps. Also there's another BB blog post with his name in the blog title frowning

  4. This is one of those cases where people who believe deeply in forgiveness suddenly don't believe in it at all.

  5. Well good! Someone has to keep Chapman from continuing to kill John Lennon.

    Seriously, though, what's the benefit to society of keeping him in jail? Your personal affinity (or not) for Lennon should have zero sway on whether or not Chapman deserves to remain behind bars.

    He's been locked up for long enough to serve as an effective deterrent to copycats, his statements make him seem contrite about his actions, and I don't get the impression that he's an ongoing danger to others.

    I don't like the idea of indefinite, punitive incarceration.

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