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ELEANOR HALL: It was an assassination that shocked the music world. In December 1980 former Beatle
John Lennon was shot dead outside his New York apartment in front of his wife, Yoko Ono.

This week the man who killed him - Mark David Chapman - was denied parole for a fifth time. But in
the process he revealed some new details about what he remembers of that night and they challenge
accepted wisdom about the shooting.

As Paula Kruger reports.

PAULA KRUGER: The death of John Lennon was one of those days in history where people are able to
remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.

NEWS REPORTER: If you have been anywhere near a television set or a radio these past few hours, you
already know that John Lennon of the Beatles is dead. The man who shot John Lennon walked up to the
musician as he was leaving his limousine. According to eye-witnesses he said "Mr Lennon" and then
fired at him point blank at least five times.

NEWS REPORTER 2: The doctor said there were seven wounds but he could not tell exactly how many
bullet shots that meant nor could he say how close the shots had been fired, nor whether they were
from the front or from the rear.

PAULA KRUGER: Earlier this week Mark David Chapman had a parole hearing and recently released
transcripts of that hearing reportedly showed that he talked about details of the shooting.

Despite reports at the time that stated he called out to John Lennon and then shot him in the
chest, Chapman now says the musician didn't turn and that he shot him in the back.

But it could be that the man who committed the calculated and unprovoked murder to gain
international fame may be trying to manipulate the family, friends and fans of John Lennon yet
again.

(Extract from Mind Games)

JOHN LENNON (SINGS): Playing those mind games together. Pushing the barrier.

(End of extract)

PAULA KRUGER: Professor Paul Wilson Forensic Psychologist and criminologist at Bond University.

PAUL WILSON: At the time there was no doubt that he was mentally disturbed. Very mentally disturbed
and at the time he said that he was seeking notoriety. His motivation for speaking out now is
unclear but one can speculate about what it might be.

PAULA KRUGER: So what could those reasons be? Is he still seeking notoriety?

PAUL WILSON: Well, I think somebody who commits an act of this sort and says that he has shot
somebody in the back is obviously somebody who could either be very mentally disturbed or he
believes that his notoriety which was one of the original reasons why he committed the crime will
live on.

It is very hard to see how by saying you've shot somebody in the back, you are going to be seen as
some sort of superhero but at least it does ensure that your notoriety does stay with you, at least
in the public's mind.

PAULA KRUGER: And there is no way of really verifying whether or not he is saying is true, I guess?

PAUL WILSON: He is not the sort of person given his own reasons for committing the crime to want to
necessarily provide accuracy for history.

He is somebody who wants to paint a picture of himself to the public and a picture of himself to
himself.

(Extract from John Lennon song)

PAULA KRUGER: But Professor Paul Wilson says despite the disturbing nature of assassinations, the
case still intrigues many.

PAUL WILSON: Well, it is a fascinating case in many ways. It is very rare, thank goodness, that we
get people who go about shooting heroes like John Lennon and you want to speculate or you want to
know what some of the motivations are and what the sort of profiles are of people like this. So
yeah, it is an interesting case.

(Extract from John Lennon song)

ELEANOR HALL: Professor Paul Wilson from Bond University ending Paula Kruger's report.