Any last words? Texas puts the final words of 500 executed criminals onlin

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has put the final words of the 500 people it has executed since 1982 onto a website complete with information about their crimes.

It is fascinating reading.

The state with the busiest death chamber in America publishes the final statements of the inmates it has executed on a prison agency Web site, a kind of public catalog of the rantings, apologies, prayers, claims of innocence and confessions of hundreds of men and women in the minutes before their deaths.

Charles Nealy asked to be buried not to the left of his father but to the right of his mother. Domingo Cantu Jr., who dragged a 94-year-old widow across the top of a chain-link fence, sexually assaulted her and then killed her, told his wife that he loved her and would be waiting for her on the other side.

The condemned praised Allah and Jesus and Sant Ajaib Singh Ji, a Sikh master. Three cheered for their favorite sports teams, including Jesse Hernandez, whose execution last year made headlines after he shouted, “Go Cowboys!”They spoke in English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Gaelic, German (“Meine schöne prinzessin,” said Mr. Cantu, German for “my beautiful princess”). They quoted the Koran and the Bible, but also Todd Beamer’s phrase aboard United Airlines Flight 93. 

“Sir, in honor of a true American hero, ‘Let’s roll,’ ” said David Ray Harris, who was dishonorably discharged from the Army and was executed in 2004 for killing a man who tried to stop him from kidnapping the man’s girlfriend.

The execution on Wednesday of Kimberly McCarthy — a 52-year-old woman convicted of robbing, beating and fatally stabbing a retired psychology professor near Dallas — was the 500th in Texas since December 1982, when the state resumed capital punishment after the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. In those 30 years, Texas has executed more people than Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia combined.

This one is the 4th person on the list, his statement was:

When asked if he had a last statement, he replied, “Yes, I do.”I hope that one day we can look back on the evil that we’re doing right now like the witches we burned at the stake. I want everybody to know that I hold nothing against them. I forgive them all. I hope everybody I’ve done anything to will forgive me. I’ve been praying all day for Carl Levin’s wife to drive the bitterness from her heart because that bitterness that’s in her heart will send her to Hell just as surely as any other sin. I’m sorry for everything I’ve ever done to anybody. I hope they’ll forgive me. “Sharon, tell all my friends goodbye. You know who they are: Charles Bass, David Powell…” Then he coughed and nothing else was said.



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  • motorizer

    Fascinating. Some of them are truly at peace. Some of them are truly nasty to the end.

    • TomTom

      “I’ve been praying all day for Carl Levin’s wife to drive the bitterness
      from her heart because that bitterness that’s in her heart will send her
      to Hell just as surely as any other sin.”

      That’s truly a pathological thing to say, I think, amongst the rest which looks “peaceful” at face value. Murder someone and then pray for their wife not to be bitter at/about you and declare they’ll end up in hell?

      • motorizer

        narcissist holier than thou. even at the end when death is imminent and they are given the chance to say their last words (more than their vicims got) they are self absorbed.

        i wonder if they were to be executed in a less than peaceful way would their final statements be any different?

        • TomTom

          I am not a fan of the death penalty even though I think that there are certain cases where it should applies – mainly against murderers who have killed more than one people and nutcases like Liam Reid or Clayton Weatherson.

          I still can’t believe that Reid got his sentence reduced by 3 years. Even though that adds to 23 years (instead of 26).

          Edited to add: I don’t think that people being executed should have a last word thing – they’ve had plenty of chances til then to talk and they shouldn’t be allowed to have the last word in such a way.

        • Agent BallSack


  • maninblack

    Imagine all the money Texas has saved, not having to house 500 more prisoners..

  • Elitist Tory

    If only we were able to have a similar website in this country listing the last words of all our murderers, and other scumbags; pity the limp dick Parliament in 1961 issued its “licence to murder” by abolishing the death penalty.
    Question: How many murders were committed in 1961?
    Question: How many murders were committed in 2011? (50th anniversary)
    If you look up the figures you will see that we have the death penalty in NZ- just that since 1961 it only applies to innocent victims.

    • TomTom

      ps the other question you forgot to ask is how much has the population grown?

      • Elitist Tory

        I do not quite understand the relevance? a larger population does not automatically mean everyone goes mad and starts killing each other.
        When the NZ population doubled from 1 million to 2 million the number of murders did not double.

        • TomTom

          “When the NZ population doubled from 1 million to 2 million the number of murders did not double.”

          Wow. You are fucking duuuumb. Or did you forget to add in “per capita”

          • Elitist Tory

            In 1908 the population hit 1 million and there were 2 murder trials; in 1952 the population doubled to 2 million and 2 murders – a per capita increase of 0%.
            In 2002 the population doubled to 4 million and how many murders were there?
            Perhaps it is not me who is dumb, perhaps it is not me who says things without doing research first?

          • TomTom

            Lol or perhaps it is you who is deliberately picking years where the murder rate has been low to distort the figures to your purposes?

          • Elitist Tory

            I simply picked years where the population hit milestones; I seriously doubt 1907 or 1909, or 1951 or 1953 (or 1938) would show particularly different numbers.

  • motorizer

  • MrAuz1989

    Burl Cain, the Governor of the Prison at Angola, Louisiana, sits with all the condemned prisoners and talks with them prior to their execution. He asks them if they have any words for the victims family. Some say sorry but one prisoner said “No, just tell my Lawyer he’s fired”

  • johnbronkhorst

    Bring back the death penalty. We should never have taken the most extreme punishment (and protection 0f the public) off the table!
    We would need to change the burden of proof from “beyond reasonable doubt” To something resembling absolute proof.

    • Custard

      The way our justice system currently works, that would be a bad idea.

      • Rex Widerstrom

        Yes, someone in Texas needs to have a read of “Why Our Justice System Convicts Innocent People and the Challenges Faced By Innocence Projects Trying to Exonerate Them” (it’s free at the link below).

        “Professional estimates suggest that 90–99 percent of defendants are guilty… However, if that means at least 23,000 innocent people are wrongly convicted, the results are strikingly inadequate.

        “No one knows how many people who plead guilty or who are convicted by a jury are factually innocent. But the number of exonerations in the comparatively few old cases in which DNA testing can be conducted suggests that the numbers are meaningful.

        “At the time of this writing, there have been 272 DNA post-conviction exonerations in the United States and hundreds of exonerations based on non-DNA evidence”.

        Only when your justice system is functioning perfectly can you avoid taking the life of an innocent person. And since no system will ever be perfect, any jurisdiction with the death penalty is sanctioning taking one innocent citizen off the street and murdering them for every 90 – 99 guilty people it puts to death.

        I’m sure some people will say, with the usual bravado, that they’d accept those odds. To them I can only say that it’s frighteningly easy to be accused of something you didn’t do, and from that point on luck plays a greater role than you might think in determining your fate, so you’d better pray the 1% doesn’t become you or a member of your family.

  • Agent BallSack

    Every month I go to a site – Scheduled Executions and read the stories of those who are about to be, or have been executed. I have no problems with the death penalty and anyone who does should go to that site and see what the people are being executed for. I am glad those people are dead and gone, to a man (or woman) every last one of them deserved it.

  • Jonathan Pull

    I understand the reason for the death penalty and realize it has its place but Its a bit of an oxymoron isn’t it. The state says taking someone’s life against their will is illegal but as punishment they will take someone’s life against their will.
    Not against it just an odd circumstance.

    • Agent BallSack

      Standard anti death penalty argument. Don’t want to die? Don’t take a gun with you to a robbery and use it. I prefer eye for an eye, life for a life. And for fucks sake don’t murder people in Texas. If you can’t do the above then really youre sanctioning state sponsored Darwins Law.

    • Mediaan

      If alleged Russian GRU accounts of the death of U.S. journalist Michael Hastings are correct, these convicted criminals are getting elaborately soft treatment. They should be grateful for the process.

      They could have been picked off on a lonely highway by a missile from a US drone.

      Hastings, driving through California in his Mercedes Benz car, met with a sudden explosive end, says the GRU which laconically admits it was spying on a drone fleet nearby at the time. But not because he hit a tree. He was targeted by a drone which had peeled off from the drone fleet exercise that GRU was quietly watching.

      One of Hastings’ past high-profile published stories, in Rolling Stone, was said to have been responsible for the sacking of Gen. McChrystal in Afghanistan. This was after Hastings had been given rights to observe how it all worked.

      He had recently been in touch with Edward Snowden, the current refuge-seeker, saying he was being targeted supposedly by the FBI, which seems significant.

      More at:

  • HtD

    My theory is that some of those who believe in God are more prepared to commit murders for the following reasons
    1. They will be forgiven by God when they repent and still go to heaven when they die of old age.
    2. If they are caught and executed, they will get to heaven sooner. Win win.
    3. The victim will get to heaven sooner.
    4. They are dumbarses.
    Some of the last words seem to confirm the above.

    • Rex Widerstrom

      Hmmm… I wonder if anyone’s ever done a statistical analysis? That would at least give us correlation, though you’d need to sit down with death row inmates to see if there was causation… but it’d be damned interesting (pardon the pun) to find out if your theory is valid.

  • Phil

    Bring back the death penalty for scumbags like this.
    The argument regarding it being a deterrent is irrelevant. It’s primary or secondary function is not to be a deterrent. It is all about forfeiture.