Last words of executed TX inmates

Here’s the recorded last statements from TX inmates that were executed. They range from 12/7/82 to 6/26/13. It’s a fascinating read.

We see a confident defiance:

“Well Warden, if you are going to murder someone, go ahead and do it. Pull the trigger.”


“Never trust a court-appointed attorney.”


“We caused a lot of heartache, grief, pain and suffering, and I am sorry. I know it won’t bring her back. I would like to sing, I would like to sing for that person’s dead. The old is gone. I am not the same person that I used to be, that person is dead. It’s up to you if you would find it in your heart to forgive.”

A lot of confidence on where their ultimate destination will be:

“No sir. Warden, Since I don’t have nothing to say, you can go ahead and send me to my Heavenly Father.”

Something that sounds like it could be from a movie:

“I want the world to know that I’m innocent and that I’ve found peace. Let’s ride.”

Even shout-outs to sports teams:

“Go Cowboys.”

Author: Brian Lindenmuth

Former non-fiction of Spinetingler Magazine and fiction editor at Snubnose Press. Long time reviewer.

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