"I don't recall saying, 'Mr. Lennon'," Telegraph quoted him, as saying. "I think that was something the press elaborated on. That didn't happen. He didn't turn. I shot him in the back," he added.
The 53-year-old former maintenance worker, who said that he is ashamed of slaying the legendary rocker, had started planning the shooting three months earlier after seeing Lennon on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
"I just saw his face and it seemed like it all came together, the solution to my problem of being confused and feeling like a nobody," he said. "And I said, 'Wouldn't it be something if I kill this individual? I would become famous, I would be something other than a nobody.' And that was my reasoning at the time. I perceived him at the time, and wrongly judged him to be a phony. Here he is at this ritzy building and he had been singing of love and other things at that time, it angered me," he added.