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(Newser)   Texas executes more inmates than any other state, but its gone are not forgotten. The state memorializes its executed with a morbidly fascinating online database containing each inmate's last statement   (newser.com) divider line 265
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2013-06-30 06:42:26 PM
in to get the last word in.... drat
 
2013-06-30 06:45:22 PM
I ate what?
 
2013-06-30 06:50:08 PM
Wow that's extremely heavy.
 
2013-06-30 06:54:43 PM
I wonder how many of the guys pleading their innocence before they executed actually were innocent.  I'm better it's a number greater than one.
 
2013-06-30 07:03:19 PM
it's
 
2013-06-30 07:09:00 PM
It's about time this got greenlit again.
 
2013-06-30 07:16:15 PM
"Go Cowboys!"

I'm not a big fan of Capital punishment by any stretch but in the case of Cowboys fans...
 
2013-06-30 07:23:30 PM
I read about 20 of these, all I learned is, apparently you can taste it.

Jesse Hernandez, #999425

Last Statement:
Tell my son I love him very much. God bless everybody. Continue to walk with God. Go Cowboys! Love ya'll man. Don't forget the T-ball. Ms. Mary, thank you for everything that you've done. You too, Brad, thank you. I can feel it, taste it, not bad.

Keith Thurmond, #999435

Last Statement:
All I want to say is I'm innocent, I didn't kill my wife. Jack Leary shot my wife then her dope dealer Guy Fernandez. Don't hold it against me, Bill. I swear to God I didn't kill her. Go ahead and finish it off. You can taste it.
 
2013-06-30 07:24:50 PM
I saw this somewhere a few weeks ago. The guy who quoted the Solamnic Knights oath was hysterical.

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2013-06-30 07:29:26 PM
That's a horrible price to pay just to get green lit.
 
2013-06-30 07:30:00 PM
www.informationliberation.com
 
2013-06-30 07:30:00 PM
 
2013-06-30 07:34:06 PM
"How is one to assess the phrase of 'Go Cowboys!' from a man on a gurney?"

It was a helluva tailgate party.

My last words would be, "There's a big, hairy spider in your hair."
 
2013-06-30 07:35:50 PM

dameron: I wonder how many of the guys pleading their innocence before they executed actually were innocent.  I'm better it's a number greater than one.


At the very least, there is this one:

Date of Execution:

February 17, 2004

Offender:

Cameron Todd Willingham #999041

Last Statement:

Yeah. The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man - convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for 12 years for something I did not do. From God's dust I came and to dust I will return - so the earth shall become my throne. I gotta go, road dog. I love you Gabby. [Remaining portion of statement omitted due to profanity.]
 
2013-06-30 07:36:42 PM
Uh... isn't that kind of the point of letting them speak their "last words"? So those words can be heard and remembered by society? I've always thought that was one of the courtesies extended to people about to be murdered by the government in the name of "justice". Last meal. Last rites. Last words.
 
2013-06-30 07:37:21 PM
A lot of people say I didn't commit those murders, I really did it.

Refreshing candor.
 
2013-06-30 07:37:33 PM
Yea the most depressing ones to me (other than thinking some of those guys could be innocent) are the ones who say 'I deserve this. I'm a monster'. Don't get me wrong, I think they should be in prison, but that has to be the worst feeling ever.
 
2013-06-30 07:38:06 PM
Last Statement:
First of all; Shonna talk to your brother. He'll tell you the truth about what happened to your husband. I told Bubba to tell you what happened. Now, my statement to the world: I am in the midst of truth. I am good, I am straight, don't trip. To all my partners, tell them I said like Arnold Schwarzenegger, "I'll be back." These eyes will close, but they will be opened again, my understanding of God is, Jesus has got me through. To my family, I love ya'll.


Last Statement:
Yes, I want to tell everybody that I love everybody. Keep your heads up. We are all family, people of God Almighty. We're all good. I'm ready.
Are they already doing it? I'm gonna go to sleep. See you later. This stuff stings, man almighty.



Last Statement:
No sir. Warden, Since I don't have nothing to say, you can go ahead and send me to my Heavenly Father.
 
2013-06-30 07:38:13 PM
What's up with the race column?  I only see Black, White, and Hispanic.  Are they trying to say that the Great State of Texas hasn't found a single Asian to execute?  Not a single person from the Middle East?  No Pacific Islanders?  Seems fishy.
 
2013-06-30 07:39:30 PM

here to help: Uh... isn't that kind of the point of letting them speak their "last words"? So those words can be heard and remembered by society? I've always thought that was one of the courtesies extended to people about to be murdered by the government in the name of "justice". Last meal. Last rites. Last words.


This.  Those words should be carved on the walls of the Capitol.
 
2013-06-30 07:40:29 PM
"My left arm is killing me. It hurts bad."

It's a horrible way to die.
 
2013-06-30 07:40:44 PM
shouldn't those all read 'Weeners!'?
 
2013-06-30 07:41:20 PM

here to help: Uh... isn't that kind of the point of letting them speak their "last words"? So those words can be heard and remembered by society? I've always thought that was one of the courtesies extended to people about to be murdered by the government in the name of "justice". Last meal. Last rites. Last words.


Amnesty International recently did an ad campaign in which they photographed the last meals of people who were executed...and later turned out to be innocent.

static5.businessinsider.com
This is why I can't understand righties who complain that the government can't do anything right...but then say the government should be allowed to execute people.
 
2013-06-30 07:41:44 PM
Texas executed more inmates than the next five most-executing states combined.

I wonder how deviant Texas would have to be before Texans would think it indicates the problem is them and not everybody else.
 
2013-06-30 07:44:25 PM

jtown: What's up with the race column?  I only see Black, White, and Hispanic.  Are they trying to say that the Great State of Texas hasn't found a single Asian to execute?  Not a single person from the Middle East?  No Pacific Islanders?  Seems fishy.


Heh.  Good catch.  No Native Americans kinda surprises me.
 
2013-06-30 07:44:26 PM
Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.
 
2013-06-30 07:44:38 PM
"delete my browser history"
 
2013-06-30 07:45:07 PM

gimmegimme: This is why I can't understand righties who complain that the government can't do anything right...but then say the government should be allowed to execute people.


The only thing you need to understand about those type of people is they are assholes and should be avoided at all costs.
 
2013-06-30 07:46:23 PM
"I want to thank Father Walsh for his spiritual help. I want to thank Bob Ray (Sanders) and Steve Blow for their friendship. What I want people to know is that they call me a cold-blooded killer when I shot a man that shot me first. The only thing that convicted me was that I am a Mexican and that he was a police officer. People hollered for my life, and they are to have my life tonight. The people never hollered for the life of the policeman that killed a thirteen-year-old boy who was handcuffed in the back seat of a police car. The people never hollered for the life of a Houston police officer who beat up and drowned Jose Campo Torres and threw his body in the river. You call that equal justice. This is your equal justice. This is America's equal justice. A Mexican's life is worth nothing. When a policeman kills someone he gets a suspended sentence or probation. When a Mexican kills a police officer this is what you get. From there you call me a cold-blooded murderer. I didn't tie anyone to a stretcher. I didn't pump any poison into anybody's veins from behind a locked door. You call this justice. I call this and your society a bunch of cold-blooded murderers. I don't say this with any bitterness or anger. I just say this with truthfulness. I hope God forgives me for all my sins. I hope that God will be as merciful to society as he has been to me. I'm ready, Warden."

goddamn. can we reboot america? get rid of all this shiat, all the corprate cronyism, the pervasim jingoism, the slow march to a police state, the racism, the hate?

Can we just start over?
 
2013-06-30 07:46:52 PM

bojon: Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.


Many folks who are executed were innocent, friend.
 
2013-06-30 07:48:46 PM
If I had to die in Texas, and I got a last statement, I'd make sure to point out that no matter where I wind up, I'd be happy that at least I won't be in Texas anymore.

gimmegimme: This is why I can't understand righties who complain that the government can't do anything right...but then say the government should be allowed to execute people.


It's easy to understand conservatives once you realize they're like dogs that can only think in the immediate moment.
 
2013-06-30 07:49:50 PM

SuperT: "I want to thank Father Walsh for his spiritual help. I want to thank Bob Ray (Sanders) and Steve Blow for their friendship. What I want people to know is that they call me a cold-blooded killer when I shot a man that shot me first. The only thing that convicted me was that I am a Mexican and that he was a police officer. People hollered for my life, and they are to have my life tonight. The people never hollered for the life of the policeman that killed a thirteen-year-old boy who was handcuffed in the back seat of a police car. The people never hollered for the life of a Houston police officer who beat up and drowned Jose Campo Torres and threw his body in the river. You call that equal justice. This is your equal justice. This is America's equal justice. A Mexican's life is worth nothing. When a policeman kills someone he gets a suspended sentence or probation. When a Mexican kills a police officer this is what you get. From there you call me a cold-blooded murderer. I didn't tie anyone to a stretcher. I didn't pump any poison into anybody's veins from behind a locked door. You call this justice. I call this and your society a bunch of cold-blooded murderers. I don't say this with any bitterness or anger. I just say this with truthfulness. I hope God forgives me for all my sins. I hope that God will be as merciful to society as he has been to me. I'm ready, Warden."

goddamn. can we reboot america? get rid of all this shiat, all the corprate cronyism, the pervasim jingoism, the slow march to a police state, the racism, the hate?

Can we just start over?


Fascinating.  The same people who killed that guy are likely shouting that George Zimmerman should have zero punishment at all.
 
2013-06-30 07:50:14 PM

Popcorn Johnny: "delete my browser history"


You don't want to share your Redwings fanfic with the world?
 
2013-06-30 07:50:46 PM

gimmegimme: bojon: Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.

Many folks who are executed were innocent, friend.


And many victims were not.
 
2013-06-30 07:51:58 PM

BarkingUnicorn: gimmegimme: bojon: Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.

Many folks who are executed were innocent, friend.

And many victims were not.


So we should just execute innocent people.  Cool.  At least you're not a Christian.
 
2013-06-30 07:52:14 PM
For once, a cracked list is actually better

Bonus: It includes the immortal words of one convict / child at heart: "I asked for spaghettios. They gave me spaghetti. I want the media to know"...
 
2013-06-30 07:52:51 PM

gimmegimme: here to help: Uh... isn't that kind of the point of letting them speak their "last words"? So those words can be heard and remembered by society? I've always thought that was one of the courtesies extended to people about to be murdered by the government in the name of "justice". Last meal. Last rites. Last words.

Amnesty International recently did an ad campaign in which they photographed the last meals of people who were executed...and later turned out to be innocent.

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Coffee, tea AND soda? Doesn't he know caffeine is bad for you?
 
2013-06-30 07:53:04 PM

BarkingUnicorn: gimmegimme: bojon: Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.

Many folks who are executed were innocent, friend.

And many victims were not.


How many innocent people were saved for each guilty person executed?
 
2013-06-30 07:53:47 PM
I wonder how many last words are "potato"
 
2013-06-30 07:53:53 PM

here to help: Uh... isn't that kind of the point of letting them speak their "last words"? So those words can be heard and remembered by society? I've always thought that was one of the courtesies extended to people about to be murdered by the government in the name of "justice". Last meal. Last rites. Last words.


Bears, a shiat-ton of bears, repeating endlessly.
 
2013-06-30 07:54:21 PM

gimmegimme: BarkingUnicorn: gimmegimme: bojon: Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.

Many folks who are executed were innocent, friend.

And many victims were not.

So we should just execute innocent people.Cool.  At least you're not a Christian.


I've no idea how you came to that conclusion.  The second, I freely confirm.  But I don't hate Christians just for being Christians.
 
2013-06-30 07:54:23 PM

BarkingUnicorn: jtown: What's up with the race column?  I only see Black, White, and Hispanic.  Are they trying to say that the Great State of Texas hasn't found a single Asian to execute?  Not a single person from the Middle East?  No Pacific Islanders?  Seems fishy.

Heh.  Good catch.  No Native Americans kinda surprises me.


Texans don't see race; just varying levels of melanin, divided into three groups so they don't get too confused.
 
2013-06-30 07:54:33 PM

gimmegimme: [www.informationliberation.com image 500x372]


You do know the difference between depriving an innocent from coming into this world and removing a proven abomination from it, right?

Most murderers do not end up on death row, many even manage to avoid serving out a full life sentence.  The death penalty is reserved generally for the worst of the worst and generally displaying the remorse about the their crimes against humanity- people we do not want to be ever given the chance to walk amongst us again.  Sure they sing a different tune once convicted and death becomes inevitable- that's life's resolve to stay alive.
 
2013-06-30 07:54:49 PM
I love how people confuse who were the victims.
 
2013-06-30 07:55:53 PM

skozlaw: BarkingUnicorn: gimmegimme: bojon: Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.

Many folks who are executed were innocent, friend.

And many victims were not.

How many innocent people were saved for each guilty person executed?


Got any more unanswerable questions?
 
2013-06-30 07:56:43 PM
This is so typically Christian. "Yeah I shot him. My bad! I'm going to Jesus now! Bu-bye!"
 
2013-06-30 07:57:46 PM

autopsybeverage: BarkingUnicorn: jtown: What's up with the race column?  I only see Black, White, and Hispanic.  Are they trying to say that the Great State of Texas hasn't found a single Asian to execute?  Not a single person from the Middle East?  No Pacific Islanders?  Seems fishy.

Heh.  Good catch.  No Native Americans kinda surprises me.

Texans don't see race; just varying levels of melanin, divided into three groups so they don't get too confused.


Welll, then, Texans are less race-conscious than the rest of us. :-)
 
2013-06-30 07:58:06 PM

clowncar on fire: gimmegimme: [www.informationliberation.com image 500x372]

You do know the difference between depriving an innocent from coming into this world and removing a proven abomination from it, right?

Most murderers do not end up on death row, many even manage to avoid serving out a full life sentence.  The death penalty is reserved generally for the worst of the worst and generally displaying the remorse about the their crimes against humanity- people we do not want to be ever given the chance to walk amongst us again.  Sure they sing a different tune once convicted and death becomes inevitable- that's life's resolve to stay alive.


The psychology you're describing is the exact reason why we shouldn't do it.  It's one thing to face such stress if you murdered someone.  Now imagine facing it if you didn't kill anybody.

Meet Carlos DeLuna.

www.independent.co.uk

He didn't kill anyone.

We murdered him.
 
2013-06-30 07:59:48 PM

bojon: I love how people confuse who were the victims.


I love how criminals cannot be victims.

Every victim has his mourners.
 
2013-06-30 08:00:14 PM

BarkingUnicorn: skozlaw: BarkingUnicorn: gimmegimme: bojon: Too bad they could not have memorialized the last words of their victims.

Many folks who are executed were innocent, friend.

And many victims were not.

How many innocent people were saved for each guilty person executed?

Got any more unanswerable questions?


The answer is: more than one.

It should appall you, but it doesn't.  I wonder why.
 
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