earlier this week a certain Mark David Chapman (for they always seem to give full names of assassins and killers) made a seventh parole application. if for some reason you are unaware of who he is or what he did, he was sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon.
it should be of little, if any, surprise that the application for parole was denied, or however you would word that officially. in regards of official wording, the New York Parole Board released the following finding / judgement : "Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime."
i would have thought that every single parole application he makes will end with a conclusion not too different from those words.
whereas it's rare that any sort of murderer would get any sympathy, the killer of John Lennon is likely to attract none at all. sure, like any mostly liberal icon (Che Guevara, Kennedy, currently that WikiLeaks fellow) if you dig into their character you will find an awful lot of deeply unpleasant aspects to them and their life. Lennon, like most of the other examples, at his best however came to represent the best, most ideal that we as people could hope to be. he said, or rather sung, things that represented the ideals of millions. that was taken away so a 'nobody' could claim to be a 'somebody'.
as bad as the world gets sometimes, it shall remain a much better place than it could be so long as this next picture represents the final time Mark David Chapman consumed our air in freedom.
you would assume that the main barrier to his applications for parole ever being given serious consideration is the cost, both financially and spirtually. if he were ever, as disgusting as the idea seems, given freedom then he would never truly get it. extravagant, expensive security, you would assume, will have to be given to him at all times to prevent anyone trying to kill the man who killed John Lennon. even if given that, you would have to assume, perhaps accept, that such security given to him would certainly fail.
in two years he can, and no doubt will, be able to apply for parole again. i do wish that he would accept that the world simply does not want him in it and not make any such application. if he were back in the world then someone would try to exclude him from it on a more permanent basis, and i have little doubt that someone would be successful in doing so. meaning that someone else's life would be ruined by this man, and giving the judiciary the very difficult task of sentencing someone for a crime that many would understand if not accept.
rather just let him stay in prison for the remainder of his empty, hollow life to prevent any further lives being ruined.
may we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun.