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John Lennon's killer says he's been forgiven


As far as Mark David Chapman is concerned, Jesus Christ has forgiven him for murdering John Lennon in 1980.

"That is why he chose to die, to shed his blood so that our sins—even mine—could be forgiven," the assassin and born-again Christian said in a 1992 letter to a pen pal.

"Through it all," Chapman added, referring to his "many long years" in prison in upstate Attica, New York, "I have come to know that he feels very deeply for me—and for you."

The 1992 letter was recently sold for an undisclosed price by Serial Killers Ink, an internet company that caters to "true crime enthusiasts." Its online store currently offers memorabilia connected to convicted murderers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy and the Zodiac Killer.

Serial Killers obtained the Chapman letter from his long-ago pen pal. "It sold about an hour after it was listed on the website," reports company chief Eric Holler. "I would love to obtain more Chapman items, as they sell extremely well."

Chapman, 62, shot Lennon four times in the back on December 8, 1980. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1981 and was sentenced to 20 years to life. He has been denied parole nine times since he first became eligible for release in 2000.

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