“I think that governor’s phone is broke. He hadn’t called yet,”
said Oklahoma death-row inmate David Matthews, with a smile, to his family members.
Matthews was convicted of first-degree murder, shooting his 77-year-old great uncle, one Otis Earl Short, at close range, with a shotgun, at his home during a robbery. This was in January of 1994.
The governor had stayed his execution thrice before.
“I’d rather be fishing,”
said Jimmy L. Glass, in Louisiana’s electric chair, on June 12, 1987.
Jimmy Glass, aged 20, escaped from a parish jail with his partner-in-crime Jimmy Wingo on Christmas Eve, 1982, robbing and murdering an elderly couple in the process. Each blamed the other. Both got the Electric chair.
“I’m an innocent man. I never killed anyone. Y’all are killing an innocent man. My left arm is killing me, it hurts bad,”
said Jonathan Marcus Green, October 11, 1012, after over a decade of appeals. He was convicted of the abduction, rape, and murder of 12-year-old Christina Leann Neal, whose family lived across the road from Green.
“No, I have no final statement,”
said Lawrence Brewer, who in June of 1998 was convicted the murder of a black male. “The offense involved Brewer and two co-defendants torturing and killing a 49-year old handicapped black male during the nighttime hours, in rural Jasper County, Texas. The victim was observed in the back of a pickup truck occupied by Brewer and his co-defendants. This was the last occasion the victim was seen alive by persons other than Brewer and his co-defendants. Brewer and his co-defendants drove to an isolated spot on a logging road where they beat and tormented the victim, then tied him to a logging chain, which was hooked to the pickup truck. Brewer and his co-defendants then dragged the victim to his death, leaving his decapitated and dismembered body to be found the following day by citizens and law enforcement officials.”
“Hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you’re screwing around!”
said the relentless, remorseless, misanthropic, sodomizing serial killer Carl Panzram — dubbed “the man too evil to live” — who had confessed in graphic detail, to his only friend — a prison guard named Henry Lesser — to 22 murders, and to having sodomized over 1,000 males. “For all these things,” said Panzram, “I am not in the least bit sorry.”
“I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this,”
said the hungry Thomas J. Grasso, in 1995. He was executed for using Christmas tree lights to strangle an 85-year-old woman.
His last meal consisted of “two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams (flavored by a wedge of lemon), a double cheeseburger from Burger King, a half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, one-half of a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, diced strawberries, and a 16-ounce can of SpaghettiOs with meatballs, served at room temperature.”