They are chilling words, spoken by men in their last moments of life. Texas has been recording the last statements of inmates on death row before their execution for the last 30 years, the Toronto Star reports. You can even scroll through them on the website of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Here are some of them:
- “From there you call me a cold-blooded murderer. I didn’t tie anyone to a stretcher. I didn’t pump any poison into anybody’s veins from behind a locked door. You call this justice. I call this and your society a bunch of cold-blooded murderers.” (Henry Porter, 1985)
- “The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man — convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for 12 years for something I did not do. From God’s dust I came and to dust I will return — so the earth shall become my throne.” (Cameron Todd Willingham, 2004)
- “Are they already doing it? I’m gonna go to sleep. See you later. This stuff stings, man almighty.” (Rodrigo Hernandez, 2012)
- “God bless America, God bless everyone. Let’s do this damn thing… I feel it; I am going to sleep now. Goodnight, one, two, there it goes.” (Mark Stroman, 2011)
Texas has executed 484 people since 1976.