May 3: Executed Criminals’ Last Words (Law and Lawyers)

May 3

Executed Criminals’ Last Words  



Shoot straight, you bastards, and don’t make a mess of it!

~Harry Harbord “Breaker” Morant, Australian poet and national hero,

d. 1902 (executed by firing squad)



I’d like to say sorry to the victim’s family. I know that’s not enough . . . (long pause) . . . Where am I? To my lawyers, thank you. Red Robin, yum. I’m done. I love you.

~Final statement of Daniel Wayne Cook, executed on August 8, 2012 at 11:03 a.m. by lethal injection in Arizona. Victims: Carlos Froyan Cruz-Ramos, age 26, and  Kevin Swaney, age 16. Both victims were tortured, raped and murdered.


Jan Brawner’s last words were spoken to the family members of his victims. He said, “I can’t bring anything back. I can’t change what I’ve done. Maybe this will bring you a little peace.”

~Jan Michael Brawner

(Executed June 12, 2012, at 6:18 p.m. by lethal injection in Mississippi. Brawner’s execution was the 21st in the U.S. and the fifth in Mississippi in 2012.)



Barbara Craft, 23 – Ex-wife

Paige Brawner, 3 – Daughter

Jane Craft, 47 – Ex-mother-in-law

Carl Craft, 47 – Ex-father-in-law


On April 25, 2001, Brawner went to the home of his ex-wife, Barbara, and shot and killed her, her parents and his three-year-old daughter Paige. He killed Paige because he thought she would be able to identify him to the police and because, as he said, “I was just bent on killing.”


Jan Michael Brawner