Mark David Chapman

John Lennon's killer

Mark David Chapman (born May 10, 1955) is the American man who notoriously shot and killed musician John Lennon on December 8, 1980.


  • There was no emotion in my blood. There was no anger. There was nothing. It was dead silence in my brain.
    • Mark Chapman explaining how he felt when he committed murder [1]
  • Dead, cold quiet, until he walked up. He looked at me... he walked past me and then I heard in my head. It said, 'Do it, do it, do it,' over and over again.
    • Mark Chapman on his motive. [2]
  • I aimed at his back and pulled the trigger five times and all hell broke loose in my mind.
    • Mark Chapman [3]
  • I don't know how easy that would be but I'd try just to lead an ordinary life again. Stay out of the papers.
    • Mark Chapman [4]
  • There are not many places to go once you've killed someone like John Lennon.
    • Mark Chapman [5]
  • I just sought a way to be someone I wasn't. To be loved.
    • Mark Chapman [6]

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