ALBANY – Mark David Chapman said during his parole hearing that he had descended into an "imaginary world" that 22 years ago led him to kill legendary Beatle John Lennon.
The transcript from Chapman's Tuesday parole hearing showed him as a man who continues to be a loner and who has little plans if freed other than to spread the word of Jesus.
Chapman, 47, who was denied parole Wednesday for a second time and is not eligible again for two years, apologized for his crime and its impact on his own family.
But he made no specific reference to the effects it has had on the family Lennon left behind.
"I'm sorry for my crime," Chapman said in a transcript from his hearing Tuesday. "I'm sorry for inflicting so much hurt on everybody. I'm sorry for what I did to my wife, my mother, my family."
During the 20-minute hearing, Chapman recounted how, while living in Hawaii and after marrying a travel agent, he began drinking heavily.
It was then that he recalled a book he read as a teenager, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, which he was carrying when police arrested him after he shot Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980.
Chapman said he began identifying with the lead character, Holden Caulfield, whom he described as someone against anything phony.
Chapman is serving 20 years to life in Attica state prison.