Some Final Words

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Things that people said before being killed by their government.

August 3, 2012 at 10:21am

I would like to thank each witness: Ms. Cox, Whiteside, Reed, Scott, and Chad. I am going to go and see Jesus tonight and reserve a special place for each one of you. You all have been there when no one else was. Thank you for all of your love and support. Just know that I am ready to go. You all know what I’ve gone through. I am going to a better place with the Lord. I’m mad for one reason, that I’m leaving you behind, when I am going to a better place. Y’all still have to go through this hell on earth. Just remember the good things and not the bad. You are all loved and respected. Warden, just give me parole and let me go home to be with the Lord.

— Rex Mays. Executed September 24, 2002. Killed two girls, aged 7 and 10, after losing his job. Full statement here.

10:18am

The statement that I would like to make is, none of this should have happened and now that I’m dying, there is nothing left to worry about. I know it was a mistake. I have no one to blame but myself. It’s no big deal about choosing right from wrong. I pray that everyone involved overlooks the stupidity. Everybody has problems and I won’t be a part of the problem anymore. I can quit worrying now, it was all a mistake. That’s all I want to say.

— James Colburn #999169. Executed March 26, 2003. Told authorities he killed a woman because he wanted to return to prison.

August 2, 2012 at 6:23pm

Texas — my home — has executed 483 people since they started keeping track in 1982. That’s over four times more than the next highest state, Virgina (109).

This scares and disgusts me.

The fact that there are monetary incentives to imprison people — and then kill them (it costs money to feed prisoners) — is terrifying.

Actually terrifying.

6:07pm

Yes I do. Mike and Ms. Allison, I would like to tell you that I am responsible and I am sorry for what I did and the pain I caused you all. I love you Earline and all of my friends that stood by me. I feel blessed to have had you all. Stay strong and take care of them kids. Set me free Warden. Father, accept me.

— Robert Morrow. Executed November 4, 2004.

3:06pm

Yes. I just want to let you all know that I appreciate the love and support over the years. I will see you when you get there. Keep your heads up. To all the fellows on the Row, the same thing. Keep your head up and continue to fight. Same thing to all my pen friends and other friends, I love you all. I can taste it.

— Daroyce Mosley. Executed August 28, 2007.

3:05pm

Yes. From Allah we came and to Allah we shall return. I would like to give thanks for the unjust way my trial attorneys John Donahue and Frank Hollbrook purposely denied me a fair trial. I would like to thank Walter E. Reeves for bringing up claims that did not exist. Most importantly, I would like to thank John Hurley, who was suppose to be off my case but was granted to be back on. For those who kept agreeing with me, keep it real. Ya’ll will always stay real in my heart. Barbara, I love you, Al and Paul, I love you. Jess and Chong, I love you now and forever. I am ready for the transition.

— Denard Manns. Executed November 13, 2008.

3:03pm

Yes sir, I would like to ask forgiveness of the family. I have no reason for why I did it, I don’t understand why I did it. I hope that you can live the rest of your lives without hate. I pray the Lord grant me forgiveness. All powerful and almighty Lord I commit myself to thee, Amen.

— Michael Adam Sigala, #999397. Executed March 2, 2010.

7:03am

Jesus receive my spirit. I love you Edgardo; I appreciate your hard work. Thank you. Okay, Receive my spirit. Thanks sir.

— Heliberto Chi. Executed August 7, 2008.

7:02am

Tell my family goodbye. I can’t see them. Jennie, you keep your promise to me, O.K.? Dell, you take care of Gaylene always. Dixie watch over all the kids. Tell them thank you for coming down. Jennie talk to them O.K.? Talk to Jennie, O.K. Dell. Dell you tell the rest of them what they did was wrong for letting me fall for what they did. I never done anything in my life to anybody.

— Gary Johnson. Executed January 12, 2010. 

6:58am

Is the mic on? My only statement is that no cases have ever tried have been error free. Those are my words. No cases are error free. You may proceed Warden.

— Dale Devon Scheanette. Executed February 10, 2009.

6:56am

I would like to point out some things, I got your letter. It touched me and changed me. What happened was I been wanting to apologize to y’all for your son. They told me not to do it in court. I wrote him a letter but they told me that they tore it up in court. I am not the monster they made me out to be. I made lots of mistakes that took your son. I’ll take it to the grave, I will be at peace. You have test and drug results to show it. I am not just taking. I messed up, made poor choices. No rapes, I don’t do drugs, I am not an alcoholic. Back to my family, thank y’all for being here. It is what it is. I got peace in my heart. Thank you. Bye bye y’all. Bye bye peanut.

— Franklin DeWayne Alix. Executed March 30, 2010. Read the full statement.

6:44am

You’re not about to witness an execution, you are about to witness a murder. I am strapped down for something Marcus Rhodes did. I never killed anybody, ever. I love you, Mom. I love you, Tali. This is wrong. This whole thing is wrong. I can’t believe you are going to let Marcus Rhodes walk around free. Justice has let me down. Somebody completely screwed this up. I love you too, Mom. Well Warden, if you are going to murder someone, go ahead and do it. Pull the trigger. It’s coming. I can feel it coming. Goodbye.

— Steven Woods, #999427. Executed September 13, 2011.

6:42am

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.

— Keith Thurmond, #999435. Executed March 7, 2012.