Speaking of when she turned on the TV to see the breaking news, she added: ‘My life changed dramatically that night. 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.’ Gloria, 67, met Chapman in Hawaii in 1978 and they married the following year. After his murder conviction, she was urged by friends and family – and even Chapman himself – to get a divorce but her faith persuaded her not to. For the last 25 years, they have been allowed to spend just 44 hours a year with each other during conjugal visits.
Gloria said they spend their time making pizzas, watching Wheel of Fortune and having sex in a caravan in the grounds of the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York. Chapman’s parole hearing is due to start 20th August but he has already been denied it nine times. Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono has said she fears for herself and the singer’s two sons if Chapman, 63, is released. Both Gloria and Chapman have written to the Japanese artist asking for her forgiveness.
In one of her letters Gloria claimed that Lennon and Chapman would be ‘reunited in heaven.’ Chapman has called his crime ‘premeditated, selfish and evil’ and said he killed Lennon because he thought he was fake for living a life of luxury. He is said to have rediscovered his religion behind bars but has yet to express real remorse although has said he is sorry for any pain he inflicted. Chapman is said to have told his wife to have faith in his freedom. She said: ‘Mark often says, “All I need is Jesus” And it’s true.’