After hitting Lennon four times in the back, despite shooting five times, he remained at the scene reading J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, which he is reported to have become obsessed with in the years leading up to the murder.
He was arrested at the scene and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison with mental health treatment.
Chapman has since been refused parole many times, something which Lennon’s widow, Ono, has fought to ensure.
The most recent of these attempts was yesterday, August 27, when he was denied parole for the 11th time, and will remain behind bars for at least another two years.