Top 10 Executed Criminals’ Last Words


any last words welcome  and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 executed criminals last words

do you have anything to say before sentence is carried out,  we’re taking a look at the most intriguing final words from various men and women who were sentenced to death, some were unforgettable in their own creepy way while others were well you’ll see

number 10

pleasure to end all pleasures Peter Kürten  at the age of 13 Peter began engaging in sexual acts with sheep pigs and goats the shadowy creep in the acclaimed 1931 film by Fritz long entitled M was purportedly inspired by Peter Kürten  though the director denies this nicknamed the vampire of Dusseldorf Hilton terrorized that German city in 1929 and  being charged with nine murders and seven attempted murders

the guy also seemed to get sexual gratification from the bloodshed as evidenced by his final demented words quote “tell me after my head is chopped off will I still be able to hear at least for a moment the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck that would be the pleasure to end all pleasures

He lost his head on July 2nd 1931 with a smile on his face

number 9

bloody Babs Barbara Graham Oakland native and Hollywood prostitute Barbara Graham was only the third California female to meet her maker by way of gas execution

Pam found herself in such a predicament for her role in the vicious 1953 murder of an elderly Burbank woman despite her rather positive portrayal in the 1958 flick I want to live, Graham was allegedly the murderer nicknamed bloody Babs she had a brief moment of clarity as the curtains closed curiously acknowledging that quote “good people are always so sure they’re right

number eight

Robert Alton Harris even as the gas chamber was made ready for Robert Alton Harris an appeals court  granted a stay of execution his was the first execution in California in a quarter of a century and after a series of Appeals and stays of execution Robert Alton Harris met the end of his life with a Miss quotation from the second Bill and Ted movie  quote “you can be a king or a street sweeper but everybody dances with the grim reaper” indeed in 1992 the North Carolina native was sent off to boogie with the Angel of Death in San Quentin State Prison gas chamber after he was convicted of murdering two sixteen-year-old boys in the late 1970s meanwhile his younger brother and accomplice Daniel Harris was given a six-year sentence after being convicted of kidnapping

number seven

Aileen Wuornos  in the early 90s a Florida prostitute killed seven men allegedly in self-defense yet the judicial system didn’t quite buy the story of one Aileen Wuornos “I did the right thing and I saved a lot of people’s butts from getting hurt and raped and killed too”  in fact the state of Florida handed down six death sentences and as you might have already guessed it was inevitable that Wuornos would receive that fateful injection

but before the injection Wuornos left a memorable message quote “she would be sailing away with the rock she’ll be back with Jesus Christ like on Independence Day on June 6th just like the movie on the big mothership I’ll be back I’ll be back

number 6

Gary Gilmore  began writing poetry drawing and educating himself in the humanities art and literature notorious for his unusual demand that his death sentence be carried out by firing squad

Gary Gilmore faced such a squad in Utah just six months after he murdered two men

Oddly enough his final words inspired the catchphrase for one of the world’s most successful sporting brands

facing five volunteer gunmen Gilmour spouted the infamous final phrase quote “let’s do it” On January 17 1977 a little over a decade later stars like Michael Jordan were selling sneakers through a campaign with a similar slogan

number five

Thomas J Grasso in the hours before his execution the murderer of two elderly victims released a string of cryptic statements to the press channelling the likes of TS Eliot and even dropping his own poem I’ve been working on this poem twelve years really there’s a lot of expectation I don’t want to disappoint my fans when it came time for Thomas J Grasso to punch his one-way ticket

though it was SpaghettiOs that engulfed his mind for SpaghettiOs a variety of foods for his final meal ranging from Burger King to pumpkin pie Grasso let it be known that quote “I did not get my SpaghettiOs I got spaghetti I want the press to know this” certainly a major blow to spaghetti

number four 

George Apple  not to be confused with noted Australian politician John George Apple the Big Apple cop killer named George Apple kept it light in the face of certain death Apple found humor in his own name his imminent death and perhaps even in the city itself strapped to an electric chair in 1928 mister Apple delivered a well-timed pun by stating quote “well gentlemen you’re about to see a baked apple” this was surely the pinnacle of his wasted life and the punchline he’d been preparing for years

number three

Wesley Alan Dodd the 31 year old convicted child killer was scheduled to be hanged at one minute after 3 a.m.

our time it’s never certain how a killer will react in court but Wesley Alan Dodd actually requested his own hanging which was the method he used to murder the last of his victims

saying he wants to die and in fact he chose hanging over lethal injection because he hanged one of his child victims after killing him  in the end Wesley Alan Dodd did afford the victims families at least a bit of solace by noting quote “I was once asked by somebody I don’t remember who if there was any way sex offenders could be stopped I said no I was wrong I was wrong when I said there was no hope no peace there is hope there is peace I found both in the Lord Jesus Christ look to the Lord and you will find peace

number two 

carl panzram said “I have no conscience so that does not worry me I don’t believe in man God nor devil I hate the whole damn human race including myself” tortured by corrections officers as an adolescent carl panzram unsurprisingly went on to live a troubled life

this ultimately led to a 1920 killing spree in New Haven Connecticut and later the rape and murder of two young boys like most killers panzram was known to inflate the numbers of his crimes and refused to apologize all the way up to his 1930 hanging “I’m sorry for only two things these two things are I am sorry that I have mistreated some few animals in my lifetime and I am sorry that I am unable to murder the whole damn human race” even at the end he continued to boast by hollering out quote yes hurry it up you Hoosier bastard I could kill a dozen men while you’re screwing around

number one

In 1966 James French was the last man executed prior to the case of Furman V Georgia which temporarily suspended executions in the u.s.  he pushed the process along by adding his cellmate to his list of victims as French was apparently scared to take his own life so he took his cellmates!

French had some odd yet revealing words once his death by electric chair came calling and appeared to anticipate the headlines of the next day’s morning news by uttering quote how’s this for your headline “French frys” a well thought out joke but one he’d probably been waiting to deliver since his first brush with the law

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