When asked about why he committed the crime, Chapman explained that he had endured some doubts before the act – especially having met Lennon just hours before and asked for his autograph. However, he then explained that his actions were a bid to “gain notoriety” and then described how he felt that he “was too far in,”.
“I do remember having the thought of, ‘Hey, you have got the album now. Look at this, he signed it, just go home.’ But there was no way I was just going to go home.”
Chapman, who will be up for parole again in 2020, was denied on this occasion because he would not only “tend to mitigate the seriousness of your crime,” but endanger others who would attempt to exact revenge.