March 11, 2011

I'D RATHER BE FISHING. [Executed in electric chair, Louisiana]. ~~ Jimmy Glass, d. June 12, 1987

'Such is Life' [Executed by hanging].~~ Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger, d. 1880

The last words spoken before execution 

Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.
[Executed in electric chair in New York].
~~ George Appel, d. 1928
You are going to hurt me, please don't hurt me, just one more moment, I beg you!
~~ Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, d. 1793
I am going to be face to face with Jesus now. . . . I love you all very much. I will see you all when you get there. . . . I will wait for you.
[Executed by injection, Texas].
~~ Karla Faye Tucker Brown, d. February 3, 1998
Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way.
[Executed by firing squad].
~~ Erskine Childers, Irish patriot, d. November 24, 1922
Thank you for the change in my life you have given me, the love and closeness of my family and my beautiful daughter. Thank you for using me...
[Executed by injection, Texas].
~~ John Cockrum, d. September 30, 1997
You sons of bitches. Give my love to Mother.
[Executed in electric chair].
~~ Francis "Two Gun" Crowley, d. 1931
They butchered me back there, I was in a lot of pain. They cut me in the groin; they cut me in the leg. I was bleeding profusely. This is not an execution, it is murder.
[Executed by injection, Florida]
~~ Bennie Demps, d. June 8, 2000
( It took execution technicians 33 minutes to find suitable veins for the execution. The executioners had no unusual problems finding one vein, but because Florida protocol requires a second alternate intravenous drip, they continued to work to insert another needle, finally abandoning the effort after their prolonged failures.)
I'm going home, babe.
[Executed by injection, Delaware].
~~ James Allen Red Dog, d. March 3, 1993
Remember, the death penalty is murder.
[Executed by injection, Texas].
~~ Robert Drew, d. August 2, 1994
Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life.
[Last words on the gallows].
~~ George Engel
(He was one of four executed after the 1886 Haymarket bombing in Chicago)
I love you. [Spoken to the executioner].
[Executed by injection, New York].
~~ Sean Flannagan, d. June 23, 1989
How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries.
[Executed in electric chair in Oklahoma].
~~ James French, d. 1966
I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my ass.
[Executed by injection, Texas].
~~ Johnny Frank Garrett, Sr., d. February 11, 1992
Let's do it!
[Executed by firing squad, Utah].
~~ Gary Gilmore, d. January 17, 1977
I'd rather be fishing.
[Executed in electric chair, Louisiana].
~~ Jimmy Glass, d. June 12, 1987
Good people are always so sure they're right.
[Executed at San Quentin].
~~ Barbara Graham, d. June 3, 1955
I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.
[Executed by injection, Oklahoma].
~~ Thomas J. Grasso, d. March 20, 1995
Lock and load. Let's do it.
[Executed by injection, Texas].
~~ G. W. Green, d. November 12, 1991
You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.
[Executed in California's gas chamber].
~~ Robert Alton Harris, d. April 21, 1992
It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.
[Shot by British as a spy].
~~ Nathan Hale, American hero, d. 1776
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
~~ Nathan Hale
I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this. I owe society nothing. I am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight.
[Executed by injection, Texas].
~~ Lionel Herrera d. May 12, 1993
There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is God's messenger.
[Executed by hanging, at Camp Justice in the Baghdad suburb of Khadimiya]
~~ Saddam Hussein d. December 30, 2006
I don't hold any grudges. This is my doing. Sorry it happened.
[Executed in electric chair, Indiana].
~~ Steven Judy, d. March 9, 1981
Such is Life
[Executed by hanging].
~~ Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger, d. 1880
I love you, mom.
[Executed by injection, Texas].
~~ Clarence Lackey, d. May 20, 1997
I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I Pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France.
[Executed by guillotine]
~~ Louis XVI of France, d. January 21, 1793
My dear Melinée, my beloved little orphan, In a few hours I will no longer be of this world. We are going to be executed today at 3:00. This is happening to me like an accident in my life; I don’t believe it, but I nevertheless know that I will never see you again.
[Executed by firing squad]
~~ Missak Manouchian, d. February 21, 1944
(Leader of the Parisian section of a Communist Resistance movement, the Francs Tireurs et Partisans - Main - d'oeuvre immigrée (FTP-MOI). See his entire letter & those of others of this group also executed, at: The Last Letters).
Farewell, my children, forever. I go to your Father.
[Executed by guillotine].
Monsieur, I beg your pardon.
[Spoken to the executioner, after she stepped on his foot].
~~ Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, d. October 16, 1793
Today is a good day to die. I forgive all of you. I hope God does too.
[Executed by injection, Virginia].
~~ Mario Benjamin Murphy, d. September 17, 1997
Shoot me in the chest!
[To his executioners].
~~Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, d.1945
Shoot straight you bastards and don't make a mess of it!
[Executed by firing squad].
~~ Harry Harbord "Breaker" Morant, Australian poet & national hero, d. 1902
Hurry it up you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you're screwing around.
[Executed by hanging Leavenworth, Kansas].
~~ Carl Panzram, d. September 5, 1930
So the heart be right, it is no matter which way the head lieth.
[Executed by beheading].
~~ Sir Walter Raleigh, d. October 29, 1618
Well, the Lord is going to get another one.
[Executed in electric chair, Georgia].
~~ John Eldon Smith, d. December 15, 1983
Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment.
[Executed in electric chair, Florida].
~~ John Spenkelink, d. May 25, 1979
[Executed by injection in Maryland].
~~ John Thanos, d. May 16, 1994

The Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley (1958 Capitol records) 

(Intro) Throughout history
There've been many songs written about the eternal triangle
This next one tells the story of a Mr Grayson, a beautiful woman
And a condemned man named Tom Dooley...
When the sun rises tomorrow, Tom Dooley... must hang...

[Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Poor boy, you're bound to die]

I met her on the mountain
There I took her life
Met her on the mountain
Stabbed her with my knife


This time tomorrow
Reckon where I'll be
Hadn't a-been for Grayson
I'd a-been in Tennessee


This time tomorrow
Reckon where I'll be
Down in some lonesome valley
Hangin' from a white oak tree

[ending chorus]

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