Famous Last Words Harrison Gibson White Sulphur Springs, Montana February 16, 1917 “You can’t kill a smile!” Harrison was one of 3 executed for the murder of a robbery victim, reported upon earlier today.
Famous Last Words Sir William Erskine, 2nd Baronet Lisbon, Portugal February 13, 1813 "Now why did I do that?" Erskine had recently been relieved of his position in the British Army, being cashiered (ceremoniously disgracing of a military official by physically stripping them of medals, insignias, swords, and other status symbols and destroying them) after… Continue reading FLW: why did I do that?
Famous Last Words King Charles II London, England February 6, 1685 "You must pardon me, gentlemen, for being a most unconscionable time a-dying." Charles was known for his dalliances and John Wilmot, Duke of Rochester wrote of him "Restless he rolls from whore to whore/A merry monarch, scandalous and poor." As the king laid on… Continue reading FLW: unconscionable time dying
Famous Last Words Robert Walter Avery Utah February 5, 1943 "It's getting light. What's holding those fellows up?" Avery was executed for the fatal shooting of a police officer who interrupted a botched robbery at a grocery store. Avery and his wife (who was arrested by later released) made off with $150 before their capture.
Famous last words Ronald Ryan Coburg, Victoria, Australia February 3, 1967 "God bless you, please make it quick." Ryan was convicted of shooting and killing a police officer during an escape. He claimed innocence of the murder until his death, and many believed he was innocent of this crime. He garnered nationwide support, many attempting… Continue reading FLW: please make it quick