Executions · Famous Last Words · New York

FLW: taking it with a smile

Famous Last Words James Cassidy New York December 9, 1920 "Give her the gas, kid. I'm taking it with a smile." Cassidy and three others were executed in the electric chair for the robbery and murder of Bronx station attendant Otto Fiala, though one member of the group, Joseph Milano, confessed he alone was responsible… Continue reading FLW: taking it with a smile

England · Famous Last Words

FLW: a great leap in the dark

Famous Last Words Thomas Hobbes Derbyshire, England December 4, 1679 "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark." Hobbes was a political philosopher with liberal views including the belief individuals should be free to do as they choose unless specifically forbidden by law. He died at the age of… Continue reading FLW: a great leap in the dark

Executions · Famous Last Words · Political · Virginia · West Virginia

FLW: change comes with blood

Famous Last Words John Brown Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) December 2, 1859 "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done." Brown,… Continue reading FLW: change comes with blood