If Johnny Carson had been a little more famous, Mark David Chapman might've shot him instead of John Lennon.
That's one of the haunting comments the Beatle's killer made during his seventh parole hearing, admitting that there were "three or four" celebrities on his list of potential victims but Lennon was the most well-known.
The then-25-year-old became fixated on killing him, even seeking out "more deadly" hollow-point bullets. He said Lennon had been "very kind" as he signed an album for Chapman earlier on the day of his murder in 1980.
"[He was a] cordial and decent man," Chapman said. "But I was compelled to commit murder."