Executions · Famous Last Words · North Carolina

FLW: parents, raise your children

Famous Last Words
John Sterling Gardner, Jr.
North Carolina
October 23, 1992

“All I have to say is if more parents would raise their children in God-fearing homes, maybe some of them wouldn’t end up in the position I’m in.”

Gardner was convicted of killing two restaurant employees during a robbery in which he stole a little under $2,700; he spent the money on a fur coat, a car, and a St. Bernard puppy. Five days before the double homicide, he robbed killed a retiree who was giving his dog a bubble bath. He confessed to all 3 murders after his arrest though he later proclaimed his innocence.

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