Letters from John Lennon’s killer to be sold

February 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Music/Book/Film/Art

(CNN) — In his time as a New York City police officer, Stephen Spiro says that it only happened to him once.

Typically, the people he arrested wanted nothing to do with him.

But then, few things about the case of Mark David Chapman were typical.

Chapman, the man convicted of killing former Beatle John Lennon, wrote Spiro, his arresting officer, four letters.

In the letters, Chapman repeatedly tells Spiro to read “The Catcher in the Rye,” saying the book would explain much of what happened the night of the murder, December 8, 1980.

He expresses an ease with the officer, saying he hoped they could be friends, that he thought Spiro was a great policeman, and that he had felt close to him ever since his arrest.

Chillingly, Chapman also wrote that others “could — and would — have served the same purpose” as Lennon.

The four letters are expected to go on sale Monday on the Moments in Time website, which sells rare autographs and historical documents.

Spiro says they represent the only time someone he arrested wrote him letters.

“They’ve been in my possession for 30 years, and I’m 66 years old, and I’m saying, you know, what am I going to do with these things? So I figured I’d sell them,” he told CNN.

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