*It may be hard to believe some of the hardened criminals who received death sentences went down fighting, so to speak, even while in the face of death. Although it is said that during this time, we become most honest, I tend to think it’s going to go one way or another: Either you’re going to be a wimp and start crying; or you’re going to be mad as hell, and start cussin’.
So I decided to research (with the help of Bored Lion) some of the ‘last words’ of folks who were actually killed for their crimes and I was actually surprised by some of them. You may be too.
Gary Gilmore’s last words were: “Let’s do it!”
On January 17, 1977 at 8:07 a.m., Gilmore was executed by firing squad at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. He had been charged with three counts of armed robbery, two counts of assault and two counts of murder in the 1970’s. His famous last words were “Let’s do it!” – which is said to have inspired Nike’s slogan “Just Do It.”
James D. French’s last words were: “How’s this for a headline, ‘French fries!'”
James D. French could be judged as kind of a wimp. He was sentenced to life in prison for murder, its said that he wanted to commit suicide, but was too afraid. So guess what he did instead? He murdered his cellmate to motivate the state to execute him. It worked.
French was executed via electric chair. Making light of the situation, his last words were: “How’s this for a headline? ‘French Fries.’”
Queen Marie Antoinette’s last words were: “Forgive me, sir, I meant not to do it.”
If you know history, you already know how the Queen died: Her head was chopped off at the guillotine. and it was a community affair like no other. But please don’t get her last words twisted. It is said that she woman’d up on her way to death. She rode along the streets in a carriage with her head held high. Upon reaching the destination, she is said to have accidentally stepped on the executioner’s foot, and said, “Forgive me, sir, I meant not to do it.”
Vincent Gutierrez certainly had a lengthy, yet somewhat interesting goodbye. The gist of it being, “I’m sorry.”
Sent “packing” so to speak for the carjacking and murder of a 40-year-old man in 2007, Gutierrez, who is said to have suffered from bipolar disorder, gave the following speech before his execution:
“I do, I would like to tell everybody that I’m sorry about the situation that happened. My bad – everybody is here because of what happened. I’d like to thank everybody that’s been here through the years. The little kids overseas – they really changed me. Sister Doris, mom, brothers, sister, dad; I love ya’ll. My brother… where’s my stunt double when you need one? My Lord is my life and savior, nothing shall I fear.”
Here’s a question for ya: Is it badass or just plain pitiful when you have a “funny” take on death…especially when its about to happen to you?
Take George Appel below.
Appel was sentenced to death by electric chair for murdering a police officer in the 1920’s. His humorous take on his death made him famous for decades after he left this earth. I hear that right before electrocution, Appel turned to the officers and said, “Well gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”
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