Top 6 Last Words of Prisoners on the Death Row

They were cruel murderers, rapists, criminals and truly dangerous people who were waiting their death penalty. Not that this article wants to glorify their deeds, but they had some really interesting last words before they were executed. Some were simply ready, while other wanted some particular food before their death.

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#1. Let’s do it

No, this is not the famous slogan that the sport clothing company uses (they got inspired from the prisoner’s words much later). Gary Gilmore was a convicted Utah murderer who was demanding his own death. Gary had killed two people in two days during the summer of ’76. In that year the American state Utah had two options for execution, hanging and firing squad and Gary chose to be shot. “Let’s do it” were the words that Gary said right before he was executed. Immediately after his death, Gary’s corneas were donated to awaiting recipients, per his request. Gary became somewhat of a cultural icon, his words being used in popular song, a film and a TV show. But most notably, Gary’s parting words were accommodated for Nike’s tagline, “Just Do It.”

Let’s do it

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#2. “French fries”

Those were the last spoken words from James D. French, who was executed on August 10, 1966. He was an American criminal who was the last person to be executed under Oklahoma’s death penalty laws. He was imprisoned for life, but allegedly was afraid to commit suicide, French murdered his cellmate. French has been credited with these famous last words before his death by electric chair: “How’s this for a headline? ‘French Fries.” He surely had some insane sense of humor.

“French fries”

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#3. “Forgive me sir, I meant not to do it.”

The famous last words said from Marie Antoinette before her head was laid below the heavy guillotine on Oct. 16, 1793. She was found guilty for spreading the national wealth while most of the people lived in poverty. Many French revolutionaries were happy to see the queen die in front of their eyes. She was driven through Paris in an open cart while wearing a plain white dress. A well-known 18th-century journalist and revolutionary, Jacques Hébert, wrote in the newspaper Le Père Duchesne that she was “bold and impudent to the very end.” It is claimed that she maintained her composure to the very end. Her last words were, “Forgive me sir, I meant not to do it,” were said to Henri Sanson the executioner, whose foot she had accidentally stepped on while she was walking to the guillotine.

"Forgive me sir, I meant not to do it."

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#4. “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”

These words belonged to another death row prisoner who had a sense of humor. He intentionally chose to use a pun as his final words. Convicted murderer George Appel’s final words before being executed in the electric chair in New York in 1928 were, “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”

“Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”

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#5. “Hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you’re screwing around!”

Carl Panzram was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, and burglar who was hanged in 1930. Panzram has confessed to his cellmate 22 murders in details. He also confessed to his cellmate that he sodomized over 1,000 males, saying “For all these things I am not in the least bit sorry”. A death penalty was waiting for him but he was threatening to kill members of human rights groups who attempted to appeal on his behalf. When they put the noose around his neck, he allegedly spat in his executioner’s face and declared, “I wish the entire human race had one neck, and I had my hands around it”. When asked by the executioner if he had any last words, Panzram yelled at him: “Yes, hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you’re screwing around!”

“Hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you're screwing around!”

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#6. “I’d rather be fishing.”

The prisoner Jimmy L. Glass was executed on June 12, 1987 after he was convicted of shooting Newton and Erline Brown to death while burglarizing their home on Christmas Day in 1982. Glass and Jimmy Wingo (who also got the chair) had escaped from the Webster Parish Jail the day before. Glass’s last words were, “I’d rather be fishing”. He died when the electric chair was just one vote short of being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

"I'd rather be fishing."

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1 Response

  1. garyscott says:

    Jamie moutan-briggs– – it sounds like you know more about that then what you should, now I wonder about you.