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FLW: ignored until final statement

Famous Last Words
Richard Cooey II
Jefferson Township, Ohio
October 14, 2008

“For what? You motherfuckers haven’t paid any attention to anything I’ve said in the last 22 and a half years, why would anyone pay any attention to anything I’ve had to say now?”

Cooey has executed for his part in the murders of two college students. At the age of 19, Cooey and 2 other young men threw chunks of concrete from a bridge onto cars below. One chunk fell on a car driven by Wendy Offredo (21) and carrying her friend (20).

The men pretended to assist the women, but kidnaped them instead. The victims were taken behind a mall where they were raped, tortured, and stabbed for approximately 3 and a half hours before they were strangled and bludgeoned to death. Their bodies were simply abandoned after Xs were carved into their flesh.

During trial, Cooey confessed to raping the women, though he claimed to “rape under duress.” He also claimed he did not participate in the beatings, tortures, or killings. Despite his testimony, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. His attorney attempted to save his life claiming that since Cooey was obese (5’7″ and 275 lbs), the drug responsible for paralysis and blocking pain during lethal injection would only be partially effective resulting in an i humane execution. He was not granted a reprieve and died at 10:28 am.

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