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.
"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.
"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.
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"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.
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