Famous Last Words
San Quentin, California
May 14, 1943
“I don’t smell anything yet. (Pause) It smells like rotten eggs.”
Starting at the age of 14, Cramer had been a serial arsonist, confessing to 20 fires in churches, City Hall, and police headquarters. His father was quoted as saying “Warren’s mother died a few months after his birth. She was insane. This undoubtedly explains his actions.”
Cramer was 25 when he was executed in the gas chamber for the murder of a drug store clerk during a robbery. His last words were in reference to the smell of the poisonous gases used to execute him.