According to a new documentary, John Lennon’s killer issued an unusual apology soon after killing the Beatles star.
The December 8, 1980, murder is revisited in a new three-part documentary titled John Lennon: Murder Without Trial, featuring exclusive new eyewitness interviews and unseen crime scene photographs, putting fresh light on the case.
A new trailer for the programme teases what John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, said immediately after the heinous crime.
One eye witness in the documentary shared: ‘He actually apologised to us, he said: “Gee I’m sorry I ruined your night”.’
Shocked at this casual confession from Chapman, the man responded: ‘You gotta be kidding me, you just ruined your whole life.’
According to Apple, the documentary, which is narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, will reveal ‘shocking details of Lennon’s tragic murder’ plus interviews with the singer’s closest friends.
Infamously, there was little inquiry into Chapman’s killing since he waited at the site and instantly pled guilty when police came.
Chapman, then 25, had gotten an autograph from the Beatles legend before shooting him twice in the back and again in the shoulder as he walked out of the arena.
While waiting, the murderer sat down and read Catcher in the Rye, and Lennon was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in jail for the murder of the Beatles after entering a guilty plea and was transported to the Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York last year.
Chapman’s attorneys attempted an insanity plea at the time, with David Suggs from his defence team interviewed for this new documentary, but the killer rejected.
He is alleged to have begun plotting the murder three months in advance, and when questioned why he committed it at his most recent parole hearing, he stated it was for’self-glory’.
‘I assassinated him, to use your word earlier, because he was very, very, very famous and that’s the only reason and I was very, very, very, very much seeking self-glory, very selfish,’ Chapman previously explained.
The teaser teases an investigation into the conspiracy theories surrounding Chapman’s high-profile death, which have alleged throughout the years that he was coerced into committing the act.
He had already apologised to John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, calling it a “despicable” and “extremely selfish act.”
‘I’m sorry for the pain that I caused to her [Ono]. I think about it all of the time,’ Chapman said at his 2020 parole hearing.
John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial is coming soon to Apple TV+.