Arizona · Executions · Famous Last Words

FLW: a request for a gas mask in the gas chamber

Famous Last Words Jack Sullivan Florence, Arizona May 15, 1936 “You might get me a gas mask.” Sullivan was convicted of the death of police officer John Bradbury when the officer attempted to search him for firearms. Sullivan drank whiskey, smoked cigars, and grinned at the witnesses to his execution before being strapped into the… Continue reading FLW: a request for a gas mask in the gas chamber

California · Executions · Famous Last Words

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… Continue reading FLW: smells like rotten eggs

Executions · Famous Last Words · Texas

FLW: felt the drugs in the back of his throat

Famous Last Words Michael McBride Texas May 11, 2000 "God bless all of you." (When the drugs began taking effect:) "Pretty cool, I feel it in the back of my throat. Bye." McBride, 38 at the time of the murders, shot and killed his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend and her 18-year-old male acquaintance on October 18, 1985.… Continue reading FLW: felt the drugs in the back of his throat

Executions · Famous Last Words · Illinois · Serial Killers

FLW: John Wayne Gacy

Famous Last Words John Wayne Gacy Crest Hill, Illinois May 10, 1994 "Kiss my ass." Gacy was one of America's most prolific serial killers, convicted of killing 33 teenager boys and young men. In total, 29 bodies were discovered on his property (most notoriously, several were discovered in his crawl space covered in lime) and… Continue reading FLW: John Wayne Gacy