THE wife of John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman has revealed they still have sex in jail as he bids for freedom after 38 years.
Gloria Hiroko Chapman says they spend most of the 44 hours they get together each year eating pizzas, watching Wheel of Fortune on TV and making love.
Coleman-Rayner Gloria Hiroko Chapman has stayed dedicated to her killer husband Mark Chapman, pictured together in December 2014, for almost 40 years after he shot dead Beatle John Lennon
The 67-year-old, who lives in Kailua, Hawaii, has stayed devoted to her husband since he gunned down the Beatle on December 8, 1980 on his New York doorstep.
Incredibly, Gloria has even admitted Chapman, 63, told her he was planning to kill Lennon two months before he went through with it.
She says he told her he had changed his mind because of his love for her and had thrown the gun he was going to use into the ocean.
But weeks later, while watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie reports of Lennon’s death flashed across the screen and Gloria said she knew instantly.
Coleman-Rayner The 67-year-old, who lives in Kailua, Hawaii, says she knew instantly her husband had been responsible for Lennon’s death
AFP The killer had told her two months before the slaying that he planned to kill the legendary Beatle
Reuters Chapman told his wife he had thrown the gun he was planning to kill Lennon with in the ocean, she says
Describing it as “one of the darkest nights of my life”, Gloria told the Mirror: “I knew it was Mark. How did I know? Two months earlier, Mark had travelled to New York.
“He came home scared, telling me that to make a name for himself he had planned to kill Lennon. But he said my love had saved him.”
Gloria says she had only agreed to Chapman making another 5,000-mile trip to New York because he had told her he “needed time to think about his life” and it would help their marriage.
But she confesses he had lied to her, meaning her “life changed dramatically that night.”
1970 Ron Howard John Lennon was shot dead on the doorstep of his New York apartment on December 8, 1980
EPA Beatles fans around the world were shocked and devastating at his death News footage details the murder of John Lennon in December 1980
Gloria said: “I was now Mrs Mark David Chapman, the wife of a murderer and not just any murderer but one whose victim was known and loved by millions around the world.”
Following his arrest, Gloria’s friends – and the killer himself – told her to divorce him.
And despite being violently abusive to her in the first year of their marriage, the deeply religious Gloria cited their vows and made the decision to stick by him.
Even then, he cut her off for a year and refused to let her see him in prison for almost four.
Coleman-Rayner Gloria says she gets to spend 44 hours every year with her husband – and they are usually holed up in a caravan on prison grounds
Coleman-Rayner Deeply religious Gloria says the couple spend most of her prison visits having sex
Coleman-Rayner Gloria’s home in Hawaii – 5,000 miles away from her husband’s prison cell
She’s now been waiting for 38 years as he applies for parole for the 10th time this month.
The couple met in Hawaii in early 1978 when Gloria was 26 and Chapman 22.
He had bought himself a one-way ticket to the isolated US state a year earlier before trying to gas himself inside his car, but the attempt failed when the hose he used melted.
Chapman was admitted to Castle Medical Center in Kailua where psychiatrists said he made a rapid recovery and he was offered a job there as a maintenance worker.
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Coleman-Rayner A handmade decoration given to Gloria by her killer husband Mark Chapman in 2014
Coleman-Rayner Chapman has written pamphlets for Gloria’s church speaking about why he shot the music star
He met Gloria at the travel agency where she worked and the pair began dating after she organised a vacation for him and they married on June 2, 1979.
She believed his mental illness was behind him but he soon lost his job at the hospital after a run-in with a nursing supervisor.
Gloria says he started coming home drunk and getting angry with her more easily and on a couple of occasions hurt her physically – but she has stuck to her vows.
She’s been making the huge trip to see him for the last 25 years – where they spend time holed up in a caravan at maximum security prison Wende Correctional Facility, in Alden, New York.
He was sentenced to 20 years to life but has applied for parole on nine other occasions, every two years – all of which have been denied.
The murder of John Lennon
John Lennon, 40, was shot dead on December 8, 1980 by Mark Chapman, a fan who had grown angry at the singer’s atheist views and declaration that the Beatles had been “more popular than Jesus”.
The singer had just returned with his wife Yoko Ono to his New York City home from a busy day involving a photo shoot for Rolling Stone magazine, a radio interview and several hours in the studio.
Chapman had been loitering outside the Dakota building all day.
As Lennon made his way into the building from his limo at 10.50pm, Chapman shot him twice in the back and twice in the shoulder.
The Beatle legend stumbled into the building mumbling “I’m shot” before falling face down.
Concierge Jay Hastings, who was was on duty at the time, rushed to him and started making a tourniquet, but when he ripped open Lennon’s shirt and realised the severity of his injuries he placed his jacket over him instead.
Two police officers carried Lennon to the back of their squad car and rushed him to hospital.
However, he was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital at 11.15pm.
After the assassination, Chapman sat down and read The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger while waiting to be arrested.
That night he told police and the media that his statement was that book, however he later said his motivation for the slaying was instant notoriety.
Chapman received a sentence of 20 years to life after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge.
Legend Lennon was killed in New York on December 8, 1980 John Lennon and Chuck Berry perform Memphis Tennessee
During Chapman’s last parole hearing in 2016, the board opposed his release because of the “premeditated and celebrity-seeking nature of the crime”.
He is believed to be mentally ill, and the court took into account his efforts to rehabilitate while in jail, during which he admitted that his crime was “premeditated, selfish and evil”.