Famous Last Words
September 27, 1929
“I have something of interest to tell–”
Rowland was convicted of and sentenced to hang for the murder of another convict during an argument over a sack of tobacco. The man slain was Alger Morrison who was good friends with Rowland. Though the tobacco quarrel was what newspapers reported, it’s possible the motive for the murder was due to rumors which had begun spreading about a “degenerate” sexual relationship between the two men, which Rowland could not tolerate. Morrison was stabbed with a five-inch makeshift knife.
Rowland’s last words were a secret he would take to his grave as the trap beneath him fell away before he was able to reveal his take of interest.