Visit to africa on Chapman had boxes of the novel brought to his cell so he could inscribe them with his name (adding under it, The Catcher in the Rye). Lennon had to die so he (Chapman) could be the Catcher in the Rye for his generation. Chapman later gave up his insanity defense in June 1981 after the Lord spoke to his heart and instructed him to plead guilty. He later regretted doing so. Chapman’s murder plea was accepted on August 24, 1981 and he was sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life. Currently incarcerated in a protective custody unit in Attica to prevent his certain killing were he to be placed in general population, Chapman has been denied parole five times since October 2000 although he insists he is ashamed of the murder and is no longer a threat to the community. The 55-year-old killer is scheduled to be interviewed by a three-member parole board panel during the week of August 9, 2010. Visit to africa 2016.