Infamous Last Words: Some of the Strangest Final Utterances from Death Row

Categories: Crime, Whatever

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Randall Wayne Hafdahl: The greatest death chamber orator in Texas history.
"Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel."

Those were the last words of one George Appel, a cop-killer electrocuted by the state of New York back in 1928, and it might just be the greatest such utterance of all time. Not that Appel hasn't had some competition over the years.

At his 1966 electrocution, James French offered the reporters in attendance the following (amazing) editorial instruction:

"How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French Fries."

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Then there was Christopher Scott Emmett, who waxed political just before his 2008 lethal injection. "Tell the governor he just lost my vote. Y'all hurry this along. I'm dying to get out of here."

So far, no Texan has reached such immortal heights, though some have come close.

Earlier this year, 47-year-old baby-killer Jesse Joe Hernandez became the second Texan to use his last seconds on the planet to cheer on the Dallas Cowboys, and another Texan rooted for the Texas Rangers. Presumably the baseball team and not the law enforcement agency.

Houstonians have never seen fit to praise the Rockets, Astros, Oilers or Texans. I guess Dallas really is a better sports town than Houston.

North Texas cop-killer Randall Wayne Hafdahl was executed in January 2002, and perhaps bested every Texan before and since when he offered these words of inspiration and referenced two great songs to boot:

"Let's get going. The road goes on forever, and the party never ends. Let's rock and roll. Let's go, Warden. Me and you, all of us. Remember Wet Willie -- keep on smiling, keep on smiling. I love you. It's on the way, I can feel it. It's okay, baby. We have a party to go to. I can feel it now."

And with that, I am out of here. (The Press, not the planet.)

It's been a great 12 years, folks.

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19 comments
jenartist77
jenartist77

@geronimolomax @HoustonPress why are you leaving?

robinspierre
robinspierre

Will miss you, Senor Lomax; let us easily dismiss the rumors of your dabblings in the skin-flick business.


Tavis Allen
Tavis Allen

Quote from HBO's Weeds, "LEGENDARY!"

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@geronimolomax Annnnnd...scene. :)

TedStickles
TedStickles

What!! Happy trails and good luck, I'll miss your work here.

queentate09
queentate09

@HoustonPress @geronimolomax Happy Trails!! Did you at least get cake!! Lol!!

Bert Duplessis
Bert Duplessis

Maybe I can retire in Hawaii in which case it will be 'Aloha'

eudemonist
eudemonist

Eh?  No more Lomax at the Press?  Well, that sucks.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Took me two re-reads to get that last line--yeah, I'm slow like that. You have great skill and I wish you continued success in your endeavors, Mr. Lomax. Hopefully, that will include some crime fiction. Just saying.

geronimolomax
geronimolomax

@jenartist77 Got a better offer at a new monthly mag called The Houstonian

jenartist77
jenartist77

@geronimolomax Hmm. I'll check it out.

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