A Few Final Words From Death Row

28 Aug

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has posted 30-years of the final words uttered by executed criminals. An interesting read. They also posted each former inmate’s Offender Information—a good thing since many do protesteth too much.

An example: Steven Michael Woods, Jr., who along with his buddy and stellar citizen Marcus Rhodes, shot and cut the throats of a young couple and then stole their car keys, cell phone, and other items. He closed his final rant with, “…go ahead and do it. Pull the trigger. It’s coming. I can feel it coming. Goodbye.”

Somehow I doubt his victim’s had the opportunity to say anything similar.

Adios, Stevie.


5 responses to “A Few Final Words From Death Row

  1. Lee Lofland

    August 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Doug, I witnessed an execution back in the 90’s. The death was carried out by electric chair, and the fellow keeping the seat warm for future murderers was serial killer Timothy Spencer, The Southside Strangler. When the time came for Spencer to say his final words he chose to remain silent. Despite his silence, the “two thumbs up” he offered as the electricity hit told a story of arrogance and lack of remorse that a thousand words couldn’t have described.


  2. Sally Carpenter

    August 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I read some of these “last words” and what’s scary is how many criminals invoked the name of Jesus and talked about going through the pearly gates. Amazing that such men would commit terrible crimes and act as if God approved of their actions.


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      August 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Death row conversions and pseudo-converions are common.



    August 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks, Kaye. Glad you fine it fun and hopefully useful.



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