John Lennon's killer reveals what drove him to commit murder

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London, Aug 21 : The killer of late rocker John Lennon has provided new insights into the murder of the former Beatles.

During his parole hearing, Mark David Chapman admitted that contrary to reports in the media, he did not call Lennon's name before shooting him, according to the transcripts.

"I don't recall saying, 'Mr. Lennon'," Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

"I think that was something the press elaborated on. That didn't happen. He didn't turn. I shot him in the back," he added.

The 53-year-old former maintenance worker, who said that he is ashamed of slaying the legendary rocker had started planning the shooting three months earlier after seeing Lennon on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

"I just saw his face and it seemed like it all came together, the solution to my problem of being confused and feeling like a nobody," he said.

"And I said, 'Wouldn't it be something if I killed this individual? I would become famous, I would be something other than a nobody'. And that was my reasoning at the time.

"I perceived him at the time, and wrongly judged him to be a phony. Here he is at this ritzy building and he had been singing of love and other things at that time; it angered me," he added.

ANI

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