Lennon's Killer Almost Picked Johnny Carson, Liz Taylor

Mark David Chapman settled on 'accessible' Beatle
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2010 2:01 AM CDT
Mark David Chapman in 1975.   (AP Photo/Greg Lyuan, File)
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(Newser) – Mark David Chapman considered killing Liz Taylor or Johnny Carson, he told a parole hearing earlier this month. There were other names on his hit list but he can no longer remember them, Chapman revealed. "I lose memory of perhaps the other two," he said, according to a transcript released yesterday. "If it wasn't Lennon, it could have been someone else."

Chapman, serving a 20-years-to-life sentence for the Beatle's 1980 murder, said he decided to kill Lennon instead of Taylor or Carson because Lennon seemed more accessible, reports ABC News. The 55-year-old killer—who was denied parole for the sixth time—has said in previous hearings that he considered killing Jackie Onassis, Ronald Reagan, George C. Scott, and Paul McCartney, AP notes. More about Chapman here.

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