Here is a list of Last Words of 25 Executed Criminals.

01. George Appel

George Appel

Crime: Murder

Executed: By electric chair in 19280

Last Words: “Well folks, you’ll soon see a baked apple.”

02. George Engel

George Engel

Crime: Accessory to murder (Haymarket Affair)

Executed: By hanging on November 11, 1887

Last Words: “Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life!” (in German)

03. Aileen Wournos

Aileen Wournos

Crime: Murder (x7)

Executed: By lethal injection on October 9, 2002

Last Words: “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock and I’ll be back like ‘Independence Day’ with Jesus. June 6, like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.”


04. Daniel Wayne Cook

Daniel Wayne Cook

Crime: Rape and murder (x2)

Executed: By lethal injection on August 8, 2012

Last Words: “I’d like to say sorry to the victim’s family. I know that’s not enough… Where am I? To my lawyers, thank you. Red Robin, yum. I’m done. I love you.”

05. David Castillo

David Castillo

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on August 23, 1998

Last Words: “There is no man that is free from all evil, nor any man that is so evil to be worth nothing.”

06. Thomas Arnold Kemp Jr.

Thomas Arnold Kemp Jr.

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on April 25, 2012

Last Words: “I regret nothing.”

07. Eddie Slovik

Eddie Slovik

Crime: Desertion

Executed: By firing squad on January 31, 1945

Last Words: “Don’t worry about me. I’m okay. They’re not shooting me for deserting the United States Army – thousands of guys have done that. They’re shooting me for bread I stole when I was 12 years old.”

08. Herman Ashworth

Herman Ashworth

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on September 27, 2005

Last Words: “A life for a life, let it be done and justice will be served.”

09. Robert Walter Avery

Robert Walter Avery

Crime: Murder

Executed: By firing squad on February 5, 1943

Last Words: “It’s getting light. What’s holding those fellows up?”

10. William Prince Davis

William Prince Davis

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on September 14, 1999

Last Words: “What about them Cowboys?”


11. Anna Antonio

Anna Antonio

Crime: Murder

Executed: By electric chair on August 9, 1934

Last Words: “I don’t care what you do to me. I am not afraid to die. I have nothing on my conscience. I never killed any one.”

12. Marvallous Keene

Marvallous Keene

Crime: Murder (x5)

Executed: By lethal injection on July 21, 2009

Last Words: “I have no words.”

13. John Deering

John Deering

Crime: Murder

Executed: By electric chair on October 31, 1938

Last Words: “When I was a kid raising hell everyone told me I’d end up on the gallows, so I thought I’d fool them. Also, there’s an old saying I like: Live by the sword and die by the sword.”

14. Jeffrey Matthews

Jeffrey Matthews

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on January 11, 2011

Last Words: “I think that governor’s phone is broke. He hadn’t called yet.”

15. Gary Gilmore

Gary Gilmore

Crime: Murder (x2)

Executed: By firing squad on January 17, 1977

Last Words: “Let’s do it!”

16. Gerald James Holland

Gerald James Holland

Crime: Murder of a 15-year-old

Executed: By lethal injection on May 20, 2010

Last Words: “I’m really deep down in my heart sorry it happened. I wish this would bring her back. I want you to know that I’m very sorry this ever happened. I knew it was wrong but it was alcohol, despair and temper that caused it. That’s it.”

17. James French

James French

Crime: Murder (x2)

Executed: By electric chair on August 10, 1966

Last Words: “How’s this for your headline? ‘French Fries'”.

18. Robert Alton Harris

Robert Alton Harris

Crime: Murder of two 16-year-olds

Executed: By gas chamber on April 21, 1992

Last Words: “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everybody dances with the grim reaper.” (He misquoted Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.)

19. Omer R. Woods

Omer R. Woods

Crime: Murder

Executed: By firing squad, January 18, 1924

Last Words: “Say good-bye to my brother and daughter.”

20. John Marek

John Marek

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on August 9, 2009

Last Words: “Jesus, remember the sinners.”

21. Jose Villegas

Jose Villegas

Crime: Murder (x3), including a 5-year-old

Executed: By lethal injection on April 16, 2014

Last Words: “I would like to remind my children once again I love them. Everything is OK. I love you all, and I love my children. I am at peace. It does kind of burn. Goodbye, goodbye.”

22. Kenneth Hogan

Kenneth Hogan

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on January 25, 2014

Last Words: “There’s a chemical taste in my mouth. I’m going. I’m going. I’m going.”

23. Robert Charles Towery

Robert Charles Towery

Crime: Murder

Executed: By lethal injection on March 8, 2012

Last Words: “I love my family. Potato, potato, potato.”

24. Ray Gardner

Ray Gardner

Crime: Murder

Executed: By firing squad on September 29, 1951

Last Words: “I’m ready to go. No one will miss me. My life has been worthless.”

25. Robert Gleason Jr.

Robert Gleason Jr.

Crime: Murder (x3)

Executed: By electric chair on January 16, 2013

Last Words: “Well, I hope Percy ain’t going to wet the sponge. Put me on the highway to Jackson and call my Irish buddies. Pog mo thoin. God bless.” (In Irish Gaelic, the phrase “Pog mo thoin” loosely translates as “Kiss my ass”.)

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