May 19: Executed Criminals’ Last Words (Law and Lawyers)

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.

May 19

Executed Criminals’ Last Words  



Well, I hope Percy ain’t going to wet the sponge. Put me on the highway to Jackson and call my Irish buddies. Pog mo thoin. God bless.” [In Irish Gaelic, the phrase “Pog mo thoin,” is translated as “Kiss my ass.”]

~Final Statement of Robert Gleason Jr., executed January 16, 2013 9:08 p.m. by electric chair in Virginia, the first execution in the United States in 2013.

Crime Summary

Robert Gleason Jr. was serving a life sentence for the murder of Michael Kent Jamerson in Amherst County. Prosecutors said that the murder was done to help conceal Gleason’s involvement with a known drug gang. While in prison in 2009, Gleason murdered his cellmate, 63-year-old Harvey Watson Jr. after prison officials refused to move him out of his cell. He pleaded guilty and vowed to continue killing unless he was given the death penalty.

Gleason was placed in high security for the most dangerous inmates, but managed to strangle 26-year-old Aaron Cooper in the recreation yard. Both men were in separate cages. Gleason pleaded guilty again and was sentenced to death. He waived his appeals, and chose to be put to death in the electric chair, which was granted.




The best time in my life is during this period. If I had to do [it] again, I would not change a thing. I have been touched by an angel’s wings. If I had it to do again, I would change Dwyer’s parents suffering, [he began to cry] because I know they are. I know that is not going to eliminate the pain, because I have a child. [He then thanked his supporters and added:] And if this takes the pain away, so be it. I love you. I’m ready to go. There better not be a mix-up here, (he laughed) I don’t want no stay.

~Jamie McCoskey, 49 (executed on November 12, 2013 at 6:44 p.m. CDT by lethal injection in Texas)

Victim: Michael Keith Dwyer, 24



[Speaking to his family] “Give mom a hug for me and tell her that I love her. Take me home, Jesus. Take me home, Lord. I ain’t left yet, must be a miracle. I am a miracle. Y’all do understand that I came here a sinner and leaving a saint?” He told his son not to cry and told his family he would see them again. He then told the warden that he was ready. He did not acknowledge his victim’s family members.

~Marvin Lee Wilson (executed August 7, 2012 06:27 p.m. CDT by lethal injection in Texas)

Victim: Jerry Robert Williams, 21, murdered on November 10, 1992. Wilson’s execution was the 25th in the U.S. and seventh in Texas in 2012.



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

April 19: Executed Criminals’ Last Words

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.


April 19

Executed Criminals’ Last Words



It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.
Shot by British as a spy.

~Nathan Hale, American hero, d. 1776



(To his executioners) Shoot me in the chest!

~Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator, d.1945