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dateline: 31 August 2016

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John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • deny: to not be allowed to do or have something
  • parole: the temporary release from prison based on good behaviour
  • celebrity: a famous person
  • premeditated: planned earlier
  • sentence: time spent in prison
  • correctional facility: jail; prison
  • eligible: able to get or have something

John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole

John Lennon’s Mark David Chapman was denied parole this week. This was the time Chapman was denied parole since being sentenced to 20 years to . On December 8, 1980, Chapman stood outside Lennon’s Manhattan and shot the former member of the Beatles four times in the back. Chapman is serving his sentence in a correctional facility in western New York. He was denied parole due to the celebrity-seeking of his premeditated crime. Chapman will be eligible to seek parole again in 2018.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Mark David Chapman?
  2. When did the crime take place?
  3. Why was Chapman’s parole request denied?

Discussion Questions: What other cases do you know of where a person tried to seek notoriety through crime? Why do some people go to such extremes to seek fame?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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