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Last Words Spoken By Criminals Before Execution

The last words spoken by criminals before execution stand as the final statements from these convicted offenders, having been uttered moments before their deaths. Much like the statements made by famous people in their suicide notes, these are the famous last words before execution that others will remember these souls by for eternity.

Many of these convicted criminals acted similarly in their famous last words as they did in life. Some joked around with the press and other bystanders, others proclaimed their innocence for the hundredth time, and certain individuals added standard goodbyes as they told their mothers they loved them.

Whatever the words used, and whatever the manner of execution, these famous last words spoken by criminals remain as the final memories of these offenders.

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    George Appel

    "Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel"

    --Executed by electric chair in the 1920s after he was involved in an incident in New York City in which a police officer ended up dead.

    A RANKER USER SAID: "Many people see the electric chair to be an overly cruel form of execution but when you read quotes like this from people like Appel it makes me reconsider that argument. This man seemingly had no remorse what so ever for taking that police officers life and his remark 'Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel' is what a joke by a man taking his last breaths because of a dreadful crime." (join the discussion)


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    Barbara Graham

    "Good people are always so sure they're right."

    --Executed by gas chamber after she was found guilty of murdering a woman in 1953. Graham and several associated broke into the home of a woman who they believed had lots of money and jewelery. Graham hit the woman on her head with her gun, cracked her skull, and killed her.

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    "Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way."

    --Executed by firing squad after be found guilty of illegally possessing a semi-automatic pistol.

    A RANKER USER SAID: "Wow talk about a hard core guy not scared of dying. Erskine Childers when facing the firing squad said 'Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way.' Death by firing squad being in illegal possession of an automatic pistol. Seems kind of harsh for something today that would be a stiff fine and at worse a fine and some community service unless previously convicted." (join the discussion) 

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    Madame du Barry

    "You are going to hurt me, please don't hurt me, just one more moment, I beg you!"

    --Guillotined after being convicted of treason by the Revolutionary Tribunal of Paris. She was suspected of financially aiding people who fled the French Revolution.

    A RANKER USER SAID: "Madame du Barry was not a criminal, but the victim of the Reign of terror following the French Revolution. She was accused of financing emigres to escape." (join the discussion) 

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    "How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries."

    --Executed by electric chair after he was found guilty of murdering a fellow inmate in an Oklahoma prison in 1966. Allegedly, French was serving a life sentence, and he wanted to die.

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    Francis Two Gun Crowley

    "You sons of bitches. Give my love to Mother."

    --Executed in electric chair after being found guilty of the murder of a New York police officer in 1931.

    A RANKER USER SAID: "Man this kid was one sick puppy there is no doubt about it. He looks so young in that picture to be such a hardened criminal responsible for all of those crimes including murdering someone. I guess when you get a nickname like "two guns" that early on in life it can be somewhat of an inicator as to their mentality. It was those same guns that were the cause of his demise."  

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    Thomas J. Grasso

    "I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this."

    --Executed by injection after being found guilty of multiple murders. He murdered an 87-year-old woman in 1990 by strangling her with Christmas lights. The following year he murdered an 81-year-old man.

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    George Engel

    "Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life."

    --Last words on the gallows after he was found guilty of conspiracy. He was thought to have been involved in the deadly bombing of the McCormick Plant in Chicago in 1886.

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    "I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock and I’ll be back like ‘Independence Day’ with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.”

    -- Executed by lethal injection in 2012 for murdering seven men in twelve months. Charlize Theron won an Oscar in 2003 for playing Wuornos in a movie about the serial killer's life. 

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    "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is God's messenger."

    --Executed by hanging after behind found guilty of crimes against humanity in 2006.

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    Karla Faye Tucker Brown

    "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 in 1998. She pleaded guilty to the charge of murder in 1983. She was participating in a burglary gone wrong.

    A RANKER USER SAID: "Look at the eyes on Karla Faye Tucker Brown they just have a deep almost empty look to them. She has almost dead shark like eyes and i can only imagine how disturbed of a person she really was. She just looks like a person you would see as a patient in a mental hospital and just by looking at her i can fully imagine her committing murder." (join the discussion)

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    "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 after being found guilty of raping and murdering a 76-year-old nun in 1981. In 2004, new evidence emerged that suggested that Garrett may have been innocent of the crime. He was executed in 1992.

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    Grover Cleveland Redding

    “I have something to say, but not at this time.”

    -- Executed by hanging in 1921 for causing the death of two people. Redding claimed he was was the prince of Abyssinia and thought it was his destiny to bring people back to their homeland. During an anti-government riot he incited, two of his followers were killed.

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    John Cockrum

    "I would like to apologize to the victim’s family for all of the pain I have caused them. I would like to tell my family I love them and I hope to see them again soon. Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me the strength and the time in my life to find Jesus Christ and to be forgiven for all of my sins. Thank you for the changes 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 after be found guilty of murdering 69-year-old shop owner Eva May in 1986.

    A RANKER USER SAID: "Look to religion to make everything ok! What a joke." (join the discussion)

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    Sarah Good

    “I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink.”

    -- One of the most famous women executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, Good was put to death by hanging after the townspeople accused her of casting evil spells and attacking a woman at knifepoint. She was killed with other convicted witches, Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Wildes.

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    Jimmy Glass

    "I'd rather be fishing."

    --Executed by electric chair after escaping from prison and killing two people while he was on the run in 1982. He petitioned the Supreme Court, claiming that death by electrocution was "cruel and unusual punishment."  He lost the ruling and was executed in 1987.

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    "Let's do it."

    --Executed by firing squad after he demanded the death sentence for two murders that he committed in 1976.

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    Bennie Demps

    "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 after he was convicted of stabbing another inmate at the Florida State Prison in 1976. Demps was in prison for murdering two people in 1971.

    A RANKER USER SAID: "Anyone else thinks this was a little brutal?" (join the discussion)

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    Robert Drew

    "Remember, the death penalty is murder."

    --Executed by injection after stabbing a man to death in 1983.

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    Barney Olwell

    “I don’t know as I’ve got anything to say; I am going to be hanged, and don’t want to make a stump speech.”

    -- Executed by hanging in 1866 for the murder of a man that owed him $42. 

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