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FLW: smells like rotten eggs

Famous Last Words
Warren Cramer
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.

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