The loyal wife of John Lennon’s murderer Mark David Chapman has confessed that her husband told her of his plans to kill The Beatles’ star two months before he actually went through with the crime, shattering the hearts of music fans around the world.
Gloria Hiroko Chapman, who remains married to the murderer, told the Daily Mirror that her husband originally didn’t go through with the murder plot because of his love for her.
Chapman, now 63, returned to New York though where he shot and killed the Imagine hitmaker on December 8, 1980, in the lobby of his New York City apartment building, The Dakota.
Hiroko Chapman, 67, told the British newspaper she knew instantly that her husband was responsible when she saws news alerts flash across the TV screen while watching Little House on the Prairie.
Despite her husband’s conviction for murder, she has remained married to him ever since and the pair regularly enjoy conjugal visits at maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility.
“It didn’t matter how long Mark was in prison. I would wait for him,” she said. “I knew it was Mark. How did I know? Two months earlier, Mark had travelled to New York.
“He came home scared, telling me that to make a name for himself he had planned to kill Lennon. But he said my love had saved him.”
Chapman, originally from Texas, is currently preparing for his 10th parole hearing with his wife saying she is hopeful that this time he may be released after almost four decades behind bars.
Gloria also admitted that she knew her husband, who she met in Hawaii, was planning to return to New York but insists she had no idea he was planning to go through with his plan.
She added: “The only reason I was OK with Mark making another trip was because I had believed him when he said he needed to grow up as an adult and husband, and needed time to think about his life.
“He wanted me to sacrifice being alone for a short time so that we could have a long, happy marriage together. He said he threw the gun into the ocean, and I believed him. But he had lied to me.”
Mrs Mark David Chapman says the night of December 8 is “one of the darkest” of her life, adding: “I remember it was a Monday.
“I had come home from work, fixed dinner, and was watching Little House on the Prairie. On the show, Mary had just found out she’d become blind when suddenly, words ran across the bottom of the screen: ‘John Lennon has been shot in New York City by a male Caucasian.’ My life changed dramatically that night. I was now Mrs Mark David Chapman, the wife of a murderer.”