During his seventh parole board hearing, Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon, said that he used hollow point bullets to shoot the ex-Beatle “because they were more deadly.”
Chapman revealed other new details of the night of the killing on Dec. 8, 1980, reports NBC News from transcripts of the August 22 parole hearing.
Chapman said he was living in Hawaii when he decided to kill Lennon “because he was very famous," but also considered killing Johnny Carson and actor George C. Scott as well.
Ultimately, Chapman felt that Lennon was more famous than Carson or Scott: “If he was less famous than three or four other people on the list, he would not have been shot.”
Chapman said he bought the gun in Honolulu and used his driver’s license to get it.
However, he got the hollow-point bullets from a friend in Atlanta who was a police officer: “I made a phone call in New York and the fellow said, ‘you’re not going to get any bullets out of me. It’s just not done here.’I didn’t tell him what I was going to do."
Chapman said that on the day he shot Lennon, he staked out the Dakota Apartment building in New York City.
Chapman said of Lennon, who signed an album for him that afternoon, “He was very kind to me. Very cordial and very decent man. But I was so compelled to commit murder that nothing would have dragged me away from that building.”
Chapman murdered Lennon later that night.
Chapman was denied parole for a seventh time the next day and remains at Wende Correctional Facility in New York.