EXCLUSIVE: Stepsister of John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman prays he is denied parole at hearing THIS WEEK, fearing if he’s released he will murder her mother who he resented for marrying his father and withholding his prison letters
- This week Mark David Chapman, 63, is up for parole for the tenth time since he was convicted of assassinating beloved Beatles on December 8, 1980
- Chapman’s stepsister Linda Walker tells DailyMail.com that she fears he could come after his family if he is set free
- Walker described how Chapman would send letters to her mother in an attempt to get in touch with his father
- But David Curtis Chapman wanted nothing to do with his murderous son and Chapman blamed her
- The notes stopped after his dad passed away, but Walker is concerned the killer may try to track down her mom if he is released to get some answers
- Walker revealed that she would attempt to get a protective order against him – but worries that she wouldn’t be able to do so until it was too late
- Walker says it’s shocking that Chapman receives privileges such as conjugal visits with his still-devoted wife Gloria
The family of John Lennon’s twisted killer is praying that he is denied parole at his hearing this week, DailyMail.com can reveal.
In an exclusive interview, Mark David Chapman’s stepsister Linda Walker admitted that she hopes he never sees the light of day – and fears he could come after his family if he is set free.
This Jan. 31, 2018 photo shows Mark David Chapman, who is serving 20-years-to-life in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York for the murder of John Lennon, is scheduled to go before the parole board this
Walker’s mother Reathy Breteler met the convicted felon’s father David Curtis Chapman at a Parents Without Partners event in Georgia, and they were married until his death in 1995.
Walker described how Chapman, now 63, would send letters to her mother in an attempt to get in touch with his father, who wanted nothing to do with his murderous son.
But Chapman believed Breteler was withholding the letters and resented her for marrying his father.
‘He was trying to get to his dad via my mother,’ Walker explained. ‘He was writing letters and David’s request was ‘don’t open them’. He just said he didn’t want to have anything to do with it anymore.’
The notes stopped after his dad passed away, but Walker is concerned the killer may try to track down her mom if he is released to get some answers. Walker revealed that she would attempt to get a protective order against him – but worries that she wouldn’t be able to do so until it was too late.
‘If he ever got out, holy moly. I don’t think he would find my mom, because she’s married again, she’s got a different last name,’ she said.
But, Walker added, ‘She’s not living a high on the hog life, and there’s no way that she could hide anywhere or do anything about it. She just stays in her teeny apartment and tries to make best of her life, the rest of her life.’
Given his violent nature, the family are terrified about what he could do to them.
‘They live in fear of this man and that he could do God knows what to them,’ a source close to Breteler said.
‘They genuinely are terrified that he could come after them and do what he did again. He’s as calculated and cold-blooded a person you could ever meet. They literally see him as the devil and have actually said that by washing their hands of him entirely they are trying to exorcise him out of their lives.’
Chapman’s mother Diane and father David are pictured with Chapman at his high School graduation. But once he was convicted of Lennon’s murder they cut all ties
Chapman, his mother Diane, sister Susan and father David Chapman circa late 1968
Chapman poses up with is father on a family vacation to Hawaii before he shot John Lennon in 1980
Walker described how Chapman would send letters to her mother in an attempt to get in touch with his father, who wanted nothing to do with his murderous son. ‘He was trying to get to his dad via my mother,’ Walker explained. ‘He was writing letters and David’s request was ‘don’t open them’ This unopened letter was sent from his inmate son in 1988
‘I pray to God it doesn’t happen. It shouldn’t. If by some freak of nature he gets paroled, I think he should get paroled to a nuthouse for the rest of his life. That’s the only other place he should go. I don’t think he should be in a jail, sitting fat and sassy, three hots and a cot. I think he should work every day. It’s just wrong.’
Walker also slammed Chapman’s suggestion that his dad was abusive towards his mother – and believes his father’s death is on his head.
‘He had so many strokes, so many heart attacks, and it was all brought on by what his son did. And it’s just not fair,’ she revealed.
‘I think it’s just horrible. I think what he did basically harmed his father physically, mentally, emotionally, but I don’t think for a moment he was ever abusive to that child at all. Because the man I knew didn’t do that. I never heard him raise his voice.’
This will be the 10th time that Chapman has been up for parole since he was arrested for assassinating the legendary Beatles star on December 8, 1980.
‘From my understanding, it happens every so often and if there was any way I could sit beside John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono I would. She don’t know me from nobody, but ‘please God, don’t let him out,’ would be what I would say. They can’t let him out,’ Walker told DailyMail.com
‘If anything ever happened to John Lennon’s widow, I would hope that his children would sit in her place and see that that man never steps his foot on public property.
Gloria Hiroko Chapman, loyal wife of twisted Mark Chapman, with the killer during one of her conjugal visits in prison in September 2014
Mark David Chapman at scout camp with his dad in 1960 and in front of their home in Ft. Worth, Texas
Walker described how Chapman would send letters to her mother in an attempt to get in touch with his father
From all appearances Chapman and his father were close when he was a kid
Years before he became known around the world for killing Beatles star John Lennon, a young Mark David Chapman poses for photographs in never-before-seen private family photo album.
‘I can’t even imagine a judge letting [him] out. I don’t think too many people would appreciate any action like that.’
Walker admitted that she’s shocked Chapman receives privileges such as conjugal visits with his still-devoted wife Gloria at Wende Correctional Facility in New York – and believes he shouldn’t even be considered for release.
‘I hope to God that he never gets out. And this crap that he gets conjugal visits, please.
‘I think he gets way too much. His wife should only get to see him through Plexiglas on a telephone, no touch. Good lord, he committed a hideous crime, he planned it, it was premeditated, and he’s crazy,’ she said.
‘You go to another country and you go and slaughter someone, they don’t put you up [for parole]. They make sure you pay for your crime. In America, we just stick you somewhere and let you make friends and work out, eat and sleep with a roof over your head.
Sister Susan, David and Mark,on a family vacation to Hawaii, where it is believed that Chapman first met wife, Gloria.
‘I have no words. All I know is nobody on our side of the family wants that sucker roaming the streets.’
Walker vowed that if Chapman is granted parole, she’d plead with a judge to keep him far away from her family.
‘Honest to God, if there was an iota of a chance that person was to get out, I just don’t know what I’d do,’ she confessed.
‘I’d have to walk to New York and sit in that damn courtroom and say, ‘Please, whatever you do, I don’t know him, I don’t want to know him, if you’re going to let him out, make sure he can’t go anywhere. Put a bracelet on him that shocks him if he tries to walk out of his house. Send him back to Hawaii. That’s where his wife and his mother is.’
Walker added that it doesn’t matter that Chapman is technically part of her family. She is amazed he didn’t receive the death penalty and hopes he rots in jail.
‘I would think anybody on Earth that has respect for human life wouldn’t want him out. I don’t give a damn who you kill. You go to jail or you get executed. How he didn’t get executed, I don’t understand,’ she said.
‘That’s just my feelings, and I would imagine anybody would feel the same if it was a real brother, stepbrother or just somebody they knew. We can all just hope that he can stay right put where he is.’
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