Published On: Thu, Oct 13th, 2011

The Condemned Man’s Last Words

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If you were to fall afoul of the law and were sentenced to death, would you have something clever and memorable to say when asked for your last words?
Here for your consideration is a collection of hardened criminals and notorious revolutionaries who did what they could to make their last words memorable ones, starting with Che Guevara.


~ Ted Bundy

~ George Engel, anarchist

~ John Wayne Gacy, before being executed by lethal injection

~ George Appel, executed by electric chair in 1928

~ Gary Gilmore, executed by firing squad in 1977

~ Robert Erskine Childers, to his firing squad during the Irish Civil War in 1922

~ Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of treason and given the electric chair in 1953 at Sing Sing prison.

~ James W. Rodgers, asked if he had any requests before facing the firing squad

~ Stanley “Tookie” Williams, founder of The Crips, executed by lethal injection. His executioners appeared to be having trouble with the machinery.

~ Mary Surratt, hanged for her part in the assassination to kill Abraham Lincoln. The first woman executed by the US federal government.

~ Edward R. Rulloff, the last man executed by hanging in New York state.

~ Sir Walter Raleigh, to his beheader

~ Carl Panzram, serial killer, hanged in 1930

~ Melchor Ocampo, Mexican politician, when asked to kneel by his executioner

~ Pedro Munoz Seca, Spanish playwright, executed by firing squad during the Spanish Civil War

~ Harry Morant, Australian war criminal

~ Thomas “Black Jack” Ketchum, train robber

~ Irma Grese, Nazi, seconds before her hanging

~ Joe Hill, after hearing his executioner say: “Ready…aim…”

About the Author

- We made the journey from hard left to serious right a long time ago, but still have a laissez faire attitude and a finely tuned sense of the ridiculous.