Imagine that: John Lennon’s killer gets conjugal visits
The man who killed John Lennon probably won’t be freed when he comes up for parole this week, but at least he can sleep with his wife. Mark Chapman, who changed the course of pop history in 1980 by gunning the beloved Beatle down outside the Dakota Building, has been caged at the Attica Correctional Facility ever since.
Chapman has been a part of the prison’s “family reunion” program since 1992. Under the program, he gets to spend 44 hours straight with his wife in a special modular “private homelike setting,” Correctional Services Department spokesman Erik Kriss tells the New York Daily News. There are no cameras or guards inside the individual units, but they are surrounded by a fence, in addition to the Attica complex walls, Kriss said.
Gloria Hiroko Chapman, who was married to Chapman at the time he killed Lennon and still lives in Hawaii, visits once a year on average, sometimes more often.