Yes 37 years ago , as you say an utterly pointless murder by a crazy man , i doubt he will ever be released and i won't lose any sleep over that.
You're absolutely right lovelyrita1 - pointless murder of a lyrical and musical genius who was the happiest he had been for many years when he was cruelly shot dead. Such a waste. I think Chapman is being kept in prison for his own safety as I'm absolutely convinced that if he does get released, he'll be dead within a few days. Even if they provide him with a false identity, somebody somewhere will track him down and kill him.
37 years on and it is still as much of a needless tragedy today as it was then.
The DJ Andy Peebles was the last person to interview John. Andy has stated in interviews that John wanted to start touring again and asked Andy who the promoters were in England now as he had been out the touring game for so long. John was definitely coming back big time.