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Mark David Chapman Conjugal Visits

John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has conjugal visits

JOHN Lennon's killer has been enjoying conjugal visits with his wife for the past 16 years.

Mark David Chapman has been visited at least once a year by his wife Glorio Hiroko Chapman since 1992, reports say.

Chapman murdered the former Beatle in New York on December 8, 1980. He has been held in the Attica Correctional Facility, New York, since 1981.

Under a "family reunion" scheme, Chapman gets to spend up to 44 hours at a time with his wife in a special unit.

Gloria, who was married to Chapman at the time he killed Lennon and who still lives in Hawaii, visits at least once a year, sources said.

There are no cameras or guards inside the units, New York's Daily News reports.

The news comes during the week that Chapman made another request to the authorities to be released on parole. It was denied, and he will remain in jail for at least two more years.

He has been turned down four times since he became eligible in 2000.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono had notified the parole board that she is still opposed to Chapman's release.

In 2000, Ono wrote to the board telling them about her concerns for her safety if Chapman was ever released.

"Myself and John's two sons would not feel safe for the rest of out lives," she wrote.

"With his one act of violence (Chapman) managed to change my whole life, devastate his sons, and bring deep sorrow and fear to the world."

Because of his notoriety, Chapman is kept in a unit apart from the general population.

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