Executions · Famous Last Words · New York · Political

FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

Famous Last Words Major John André Tappan, New York October 2, 1780 “I am reconciled to my death, but I detest the mode.” Maj. André was hanged for as a spy for assisting Major General Benedict Arnold in his attempt to surrender to the British. He requested to be executed by firing squad, believing it… Continue reading FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

Famous Last Words · Italy · Political

FLW: an enigmatic mistake

Famous Last Words Emperor Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus Rome, Italy September 13, 81 AD “I have made only one mistake.” Emperor Titus was 41 at the time of his death, serving just two years in office before he died. During that time, he was renowned for his charity, assisting the survivors of the Mount… Continue reading FLW: an enigmatic mistake

Executions · Famous Last Words · Missouri

Man executed for murder of 3 during a robbery gone wrong

August 30, 2000 Missouri Gary Lee Roll is executed for the murders of a woman and her two sons Roll (41) and accomplices David Rhodes (18) and John Browne (21) unsuccessfully attempted to rob a drug dealer’s house on August 8, 1992, but were deterred after hearing a child inside the home cry out as… Continue reading Man executed for murder of 3 during a robbery gone wrong

Executions · Famous Last Words · Oklahoma

FLW: “French fries”

Famous Last Words James Donald French Oklahoma August 10, 1966 “How’s this for a headline? ‘French fries.’” (attributed) French was a convicted murderer, serving time for killing a hitchhiker in 1958 when he strangled his cellmate with a shoelace in 1961. He was executed in the electric chair, reportedly “without flinching or begging.” French’s last… Continue reading FLW: “French fries”