John Lennon’s murderer says his slate his clean.
Mark Chapman, the man who open fired on John Lennon on December 8, 1980, killing him. And, from his prison cell in New York City, he said Jesus has forgiven him.
So Chapman, who sits in the Attica Correctional Facility, wrote a letter to his pen pal (known only as “Michael”) where he said Jesus had forgiven him. The letter is 25 years old.
“That is why [Jesus] chose to die, to shed his blood so that our sins — even mine — could be forgiven,” Chapman wrote in the letter. “That is why he came. I wanted you to know that you, too, can actually KNOW and FEEL this Savior. For he truly is one.”
He was a Christian before he shot Lennon, but since entering lockup, it seems his faith has strengthened. And now he regrets his actions.
“Twelve years ago I shot and killed the rock superstar John Lennon, formerly of the Beatles,” he wrote. “There is a book that explains my motivations for this heinous crime, but let me say here that it was a horrible occurrence, I have never forgotten it.”
He went on, trying to convince “Michael” to believe in Jesus.
“Jesus is everything,” he said. “I have found this through the many long years here at Attica. Through it all, I have come to know that he feels very deeply for me — and for you.”
He added that, “Jesus is who I would like to write to you of today, for he is not merely a character in a story, but a real, living person who I have come to know.”
Serial Killers Inc., a company whose forte is memorabilia from famous criminals, recently found the letter. Eric Holler, the man in charge of the company, said they got the letter from “Michael” the pen pal.
And they sold it at auction.
“It sold about an hour after it was listed on the website,” he said. “I would love to obtain more Chapman items, as they sell extremely well.”