What's Mark David Chapman Up To on the 35th Anniversary of his Murder Sentence?

8/24/2016




By Patrick Kelly.

It's a sobering anniversary for John Lennon Fans. Thirty-five years ago today, the man who killed the peace-seeking musician received his sentence of 20 years to life behind bars. Mark David Chapman has come up for - and been denied - parole on 8 separate occasions; with the next hearing being held this coming week. Since the last hearing in 2014, five people have gone to bat for Chapman; sending letters to the parole board condoning his release in 2016.

But just what is Chapman up to these days, besides dabbling in his main hobby, practicing Christian Fundamentalism? For one, he works as an administrative assistant within the Wende prison in Alden, New York - a job which allows him to leave his cell for 3 hours per day. But what about the woman who married him 18 months before his notorious act? Is she still standing by her man? The answer is a resounding yes.

After the notorious crime, Gloria Hiroko only briefly contemplated divorcing her newly criminal husband, though her friends - and even Chapman himself - urged her to.

Following are some intimate quotes from the woman who has remained a loyal wife to a murderer for the past 35 years, as told to the  Daily Mail UK in 2014.

"I did consider divorcing him. My friends wanted me to. I was in turmoil because I still loved him. But I know God hates divorce, so that is why I decided not to. That was my answer and divorce wasn’t an issue," Hiroko stated when explaining why she had stayed with Chapman.

The two are in contact twice a week by phone, at which point they pray together. Once a year, Hiroko makes the trip from her Hawaii home to New York. There the couple spend 44 hours together in a small one bedroom conjugal visit trailer, supplied with a tiny kitchen and a bathroom.

"The first thing I do is kiss Mark. They allow us to do that. We are a loving couple. On the visits, I bring the food and Mark and I make a homemade pizza. We lay out all the ingredients – peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheeses because Mark likes crunchy snacks but he doesn’t eat unhealthy things. There is a television and we watch lots of episodes of Wheel Of Fortune." When pressed about the quality of the conjugal portion of their time together Gloria Hiroko shyly giggled and said, "Oh... I... well it’s great… of course, its great."

Both religious fundamentalists, it was not religion or unhealthy obsession with the celebrity of John Lennon that drove Chapman to shoot the former Beatles member in the back. Chapman told his wife, "I killed John because the bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there. I couldn’t resist it."

When speaking of Yoko Ono, the woman made a widow by her own husband's hand, Hiroko states, "‘I feel for Yoko. One thing we prayed for is that she finds Jesus Christ in her life and to find forgiveness for Mark. I hope some day I could meet her and express that."

Showing her obliviousness as to the seriousness of her husband's actions, Hiroko contemplates, "If Paul McCartney was to meet Mark, I think he would like him. Mark is a very likable and loving person. He always puts other people’s needs before his own."

UPDATE: On Monday, August 29th, 2016, Mark David Chapman was denied parole for the ninth time.


Photo: Jack Mitchell


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