Lennon's Cousin Fumes Over Chapman Tapes

JOHN LENNON's cousin STANLEY PARKES has slammed British TV network Channel 4 over their controversial decision to broadcast tapes of the rocker's killer MARK DAVID CHAPMAN.

Channel 4 will broadcast 15-year-old recordings made by Chapman's biographer JACK JONES, in the documentary I KILLED JOHN LENNON on Thursday (08DEC05) - the 25th anniversary of the BEATLE's murder.

Weeks after Lennon's widow YOKO ONO criticised the US network NBC for planning to broadcast the same documentary, the singer's oldest surviving relative has condemned Channel 4.

Parkes says, "I think the decision is absolutely abhorrent. It's totally out of order to give the man airtime to explain how and why he shot John.

"It's just glorifying a killer. Our family are devastated by that. It should never have been allowed to happen, especially on the anniversary.

"I don't know how they (Channel 4) get away with it. To everyone else John is a public figure, but to us, he's just our John."

In response, a spokeswoman for Channel 4 says, "I Killed John Lennon is very much a serious documentary and has been handled accordingly.

"The programme looks into Chapman's psychology. It is about the mind of a murderer rather than about John Lennon. Neither Mark Chapman nor his family have received payment."

Chapman is currently serving a 20 year-to-life sentence for the fatal shooting of Lennon outside his New York City apartment on 8 December 1980.


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Tonight they are still playing the same "MACABRE" horror to the story line not all of the story was bad just mixed with the "SICKO" HERE AND THERE my teenage son wanted me to watch it with him! So here I go again...He explained the day at SCHOOL he had today he will be {16 next month and loves the "BeaTles" well his Spanish teacher asked what today was and Johnny said it was "John Lennon's 25th anniv. of his Death/Murder" well on girl said who is that and went on to say ...Who cares!!!Johnny went off>>>>he explained the importance of the BeaTles and esp. John what he stood for his life, his music} I felt it Important for me to watch it with him/ esp. set with him not leave my son to see that alone! after it was over he went to his room and listen to his BeaTles music...and we looked up important events in his century book... and I let him try on my cuff bracelet{he ask!} He was very very SAD! If I could not of spent this event with my oldest Sister who intoduced me via an album to the BeaTles when I was almost 4 yrs she passed in 1999 to Breast Cancer then I would not of wanted to of shared it with anyone else at this point...we saw Paul at the MCI Center on OCT 8th 2005...Remember to always have Peace and LOVE {God help me I do not have it for Chapman and I don't think I ever will he is a master mind at manipulation and premedatation he knew what he was going to do...Like I said before to your family and close friends I am so sorry for your pain...Angie in Lexington, VA USA :(
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It is absolutely despicable and abhorrent that any tv channel should show such a nasty programme. They deserve to lose so much advertising revenue that they go bankrupt.I do not even want to watch the programme tonight as there is a more fitting tribute on BBC Radio 2, with a live link up to a commercial free satellite radio station in the US. Today's stars singing Lennon songs, including Jamie Cullum among others.
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When I watched the special on TV Here in The USA {Dateline} I believe it made me "ill" I had never really [watched or hearded the SICKO OR SHALL I CALL HIM "IT"... before] "Please" I had to get up and move around and find something to do I wanted to here the truth {I did not understand what had happened really happened until watching that special the other night...Like I said it made me sick....} when we Lost "John" I was a Senior in High School...I grew up with the "BeaTles" and this Bastard, was not and can not, call himself a "FAN"...and I do not believe that someone did not know what he was plotting to do! My heart goes out to the close friends and family now and always not just at this 25th anniv. but with every memory, how do you just pick and choose!{Your first meeting or first Album or first Song etc...} I have a framed "IMAGINE" gold album in my bedroom where it is the first thing I see every morning, and a ring and necklace that I wear everyday just to remind me of how special he was and always shall be...I am so sorry for OUR loss now and forever! Angie in Lexington, VA
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