I would like to tell Mr. Richard that I appreciate all he has done for me. I love you all. God bless. Goodbye, David.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Landry made no last statement, but information about his crime and execution can be found here.
Incidentally, two years ago I interviewed an AP reporter named Mike Graczyk, who has been present at more than 300 executions in Texas as a media witness. In the interview he told the remarkable, startling story of Landry's execution. This blog owes quite a bit to Mr. Graczyk, both in spirit, and for pointing me in the direction of these resources.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thompson made no last statement, but "a prison chaplain who talked with Thompson said he planned to pray rather than talk to the gathered witnesses. 'He wanted his last words to be with God and not anybody here.'" [Source]
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
No official information available through the TDCJ, but information on his crime and execution can be found in this Houston Chronicle article. His last statement was "First of all I'd like to say I'm very sorry for bringing all the hurt and pain to everyone who loved me so much. I hope all my friends find it in my heart to forgive me. Mom, don't worry about me too much because I'm on my way home. Just remember one thing: I love you, Mom."
Monday, August 22, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
No official last statement is recorded on the TDCJ website, but a sense of it can be gleaned from this Houston Chronicle article: "He jumped on the table with a smile and said he was ready for the rocket to take off so he could finally go home," said [AG Jim] Mattox, who was present in the death chamber. "And he did."
Thursday, August 18, 2011
No information on the TDCJ website, but information about Hernandez's crime and execution can be found in this Houston Chronicle article. His last statement was, "Only to my wife. I love her. And to my kids, I'll always love you; you know that. That's it."
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I want to say I’m sorry for the things I’ve done and I hope I’m forgiven. I don’t hold nothing against no one – Everyone has treated me well and I know it’s not easy for them – That’s all, I’m sorry.
Monday, August 15, 2011
No last words or offender information are posted to the Texas DCJ website, but some information about Wicker's crime and last moments can be found in this UPI article, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune. Wicker's last words, it appears, were "I love you," directed to his spiritual adviser.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Goodbye to all my friends; be cool. Thank you for being my friends. Give my love to everybody.
No official offender information available, but click here for a newspaper article from the time, behind the NYT paywall. Esquivel was the first non-white prisoner executed after the Supreme Court ruled that jurors could not be excluded solely based on race, though that decision was not applied retroactively in this case.