George Appel – “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”
Executed in electric chair in New York 1928
Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV – “You are going to hurt me, please don’t hurt me, just one more moment, I beg you!”
Guillotined in 1793
Karla Faye Tucker Brown – “I am going to be face to face with Jesus now. . . . I love you all very much. I will see you all when you get there. . . . I will wait for you.”
Executed by injection, Texas 1998
Erskine Childers, Irish patriot – “Take a step forward, lads. It will be easier that way.”
Executed by firing squad on November 24, 1922
Francis “Two Gun” Crowley – “You sons of bitches. Give my love to Mother.”
Executed in electric chair, 1931
Robert Drew – “Remember, the death penalty is murder.”
Executed by injection, Texas. August 2, 1994
George Engel – “Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life.”
Executed by hanging
James French – “How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? French fries.”
Executed in electric chair in Oklahoma,1966
Gary Gilmore – “Let’s do it!”
Executed by firing squad, Utah. January 17, 1977
Jimmy Glass – “I’d rather be fishing.”
Executed in electric chair, Louisiana . June 12, 1987
Barbara Graham – “Good people are always so sure they’re right.”
Executed at San Quentin. June 3, 1955
Thomas J. Grasso – “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”
Executed by injection, Oklahoma. March 20, 1995
Robert Alton Harris – “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.”
Executed in California’s gas chamber. April 21, 1992
Lionel Herrera – “I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this. I owe society nothing. I am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight.”
Executed by injection, Texas. May 12, 1993
Louis XVI of France – “I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I Pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France.”
Executed by guillotine. January 21, 1793
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France – “Farewell, my children, forever. I go to your Father.”
Executed by guillotine. October 16, 1793
Monsieur, I beg your pardon.
Spoken to the executioner, after she stepped on his foot.
Mario Benjamin Murphy – “Today is a good day to die. I forgive all of you. I hope God does too.”
Executed by injection, Virginia. September 17, 1997
Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator – “Shoot me in the chest!”
To his executioners. 1945
Carl Panzram – “Hurry it up you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you’re screwing around.”
Executed by hanging Leavenworth, Kansas. September 5, 1930
John Spenkelink – “Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment.”
Executed in electric chair, Florida. May 25, 1979
Michael Ney – “Soldiers, Fire!”
(After Wishing to Command His Own Firing Squad.) December 7 1815.
Vincent Gutierrez – “Where’s my stunt double when you need one?”
Executed by Lethal Injection. March 28, 2007
David Matthews – “I think that governor’s phone is broke. He hadn’t called yet.”
(A convicted murderer whose execution had been postponed three times)
Ted Bundy – “Jim and Fred, I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
Executed in electric chair. January 24, 1989
Peter Kürten aka The Vampire of Dusseldorf – “Tell me. After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be a pleasure to end all pleasures.”
Executed by guillotine. July 2, 1931.
Aileen Wuornos – “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day, with Jesus, June 6th. Like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.”
Executed by lethal injectoin. October 9, 2002.
Saddam Hussein – “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is God’s messenger.”
Executed by hanging. December 30, 2006.
Johny Frank Garrett, Sr – “I’d like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my ass.”
Executed by lethal injection in 1992 for the murder and rape of a 76 year old nun. In 2004, new evidence emerged which suggests that Garrett may be innocent if the crime.
Grover Cleveland Redding – “I have something to say, but not at this time.”
Executed by hanging in 1921.
Sarah Good – “I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink.”
Execution by hanging in Salem, Massachusetts. Convicted witch. 1962
Mary Blandy – “For the sake of decency, gentlemen, do not hang me high.”
Executed by hanging in 1752. At her hanging, she worried her billowing skirt would reveal too much.
Christopher Scott Emmett – “Tell my family and friends I love them, tell the governor he just lost my vote. Y’all hurry this along, I’m dying to get out of here.”
Executed by lethal injection in 2008.