Famous Last Words
August 30, 1989
“I would express what is about to take place is a murder. I don’t hate anyone. I forgive everyone involved.”
Waye was convicted of the 1977 rape and murder of a 61-year-old woman. The woman had been beaten until she was no longer recognizable, stabbed 42 times with a butcher knife, placed naked in her bath tub, and drenched with liquid bleach (likely to destroy evidence). A man claiming to be Waye called police and confessed to killing the woman.
Waye’s guilt has been disputed as he would not have been a suspect without the phone confession as he was unconnected to the crime, his cousin Len Gooden was a key witness against him, semen at the scene could implicate either Waye or Gooden, Gooden was later convicted of a violent rape, and Gooden was a suspect in a series of violent rapes in the area which stopped once Gooden was in jail.
Horrific history from today:
1936: Elderly woman murdered by teen (2017)
2005: Infant dies after being put in microwave (2017)
2000: Man executed for murder of 3 during a robbery gone wrong (2018)
Today in Horror History: August 30