A solar eclipse darkened the sky in the middle of the day on May 10, 1994, the day that serial killer John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection. Before being strapped to the gurney, Gacy had a picnic with family and then met with a Catholic priest to pray.
Some have a lot to say, some say nothing at all. Some beg for forgiveness, while others proclaim their innocence til the very end. A look at the last words of death row inmates.
In 1983 Texas’s controversial murderess, Tucker, hacked two people to death with a pick axe in a drug induced frenzy. Alleged comments by Tucker that the act of killing had given her multiple orgasms generated public outrage. Even so, after she claimed to have changed and found God, many rushed to her aid in attempts to reverse her death sentence.
In what has historically been likened to a lynching, from February 2-February 5, 1951, Virginia executed seven black men, the Martinsville Seven, in the largest reported mass execution for rape " the rape of a white woman " a crime for which no white man had ever been executed in that state.
On January 24, 1989, notorious and prolific serial killer Ted Bundy met his death in Florida’s electric chair at age 42. Bundy had contemplated suicide, not wanting to give the state the satisfaction of putting him down. Ultimately, the state got its way. Before the fatal current surged through his body, Bundy spoke his final words: “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
Clarence Ray Allen was an anomaly. Unlike most violent criminals, who start their careers young and taper off with age, Allen didn’t start killing until he was well into middle age. Even in prison, he continued orchestrating murders.
South Dakota inmate Eric Roberts was executed Monday night for the 2011 murder of a prison guard during an attempted escape. Roberts had pleaded guilty to the murder, requested the death penalty, and told the judge that his only regret was that he hadn’t killed more guards.