William Robinson, a Quaker executed in for protesting Massachusetts's banishment of his co-religionists, said, I suffer not as an evil doer I suffer for Christ, in whom I live and in whom I die.
Others offer bizarre non sequiturs: Elder culled his material from newspaper accounts, prison archives, and religious counselors who transcribed for posterity the final utterances of the roughly 16, men and women who've been executed in the United States. The late Studs Terkel contributed an eloquent foreword.
Who knows how we will emerge from the encounter? It makes me want to live, use my energies in soul-sized pursuits like justice, like love.
One of the psalms says that God collects our tears in a flask—so too does this collection of last words from human beings before they were killed. Most horrifying is the realization that some of those who claimed innocence until the end probably were telling the truth. The last words are remarkable for their remorse, humour, hatred, resignation, fear and bravado. I want to get to hell in time for dinner,' a 19th-century Wyoming murderer told his hangman.
Some rambled; others were concise. Several blamed the drink; others reasserted innocence, or especially in recent years railed against the death penalty.
Some accepted their fate. But read in aggregate, all that pain piles up. Essentially, Elder has amassed a collection of what people say when they know they are going to die, the final product of what could be seen as psychological torture. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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Often more interesting than the final thoughts of some of these men and women are the short descriptions Elder provides of their backgrounds and the crimes they committed. Whatever side in the argument one habitually takes, this book is recommended reading, so that in addition to learning how we put people to death, one can also test the firmness of one's convictions. Elder has created an extraordinary book. Because this is not a political book, but a human journey. You may find your beliefs challenged, changed, or reaffirmed, but you will not come away unaffected.
Instead, the book tells a harrowing and bewildering tale of aggression and redemption, pride and humility, strength and weakness. University of Chicago Press May 30, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention last words death penalty words of the executed entries crime crimes final sometimes. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is good but not as good as expected. First of all, it would have been better had the crime been described first, then the last words. This is kinda backwards and therefore hard to follow at times. But, a time passer for the doctor's office, etc. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.
This is a book I'll be reading in small doses - easy to do with the format. The author doesn't go into detail of the crimes, but the last few sometimes many words of the executed are haunting. I highly recommend it.
As a fan of true crime books, this is along that genre. Its an interesting look into the final moments of a person life as they have one more chance to communicate with this world.
I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting with this book, but I suppose I hoped for more insightful last words. This isn't the author's fault, Elder does a fine job compiling the last words and describing the crime of each person. He also provides a very brief background of each major method of execution. While it is interesting to see the effect that incarceration and impending execution have had on their psyche, the Last Words themselves are often void of any impact. Some of the convicted use their last opportunity to speak against the death penalty but most simply apologize. On that note, enjoy the weirdest last words by death row inmates!
James Jackson murdered his wife and two step-daughters. He left this note behind for police: I could not take care of my family. I don't have a job. I gave them back to God. He and they will understand. His last meal was two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams flavored by a wedge of lemon , a double cheeseburger from Burger King, a half-dozen barbequed spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, one-half of a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, diced strawberries, and a ounce can of spaghetti-meatballs, served at room temperature. But all he wanted was his SpaghettiO's To find out more about Thomas J.
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The last words spoken by criminals before execution stand as the final statements from these convicted offenders, having been uttered moments before their deaths. Much like the statements made by famous people in their suicide notes, these are the famous last words before. The Official Website of Last Words of the Executed by Robert K. Elder with a foreword by Studs Terkel. \"This is a dangerous book \" says Sister.
As far as a last statement goes, this one is top notch. Plus Aileen Wuornos was a native Michigander! For more information on her and her crimes check out her Wikipedia page. Why was he in such a hurry you ask? It might have something to do with the fact that he claimed to be deaf, blind, and couldn't walk Get it done quick before they figure out his trickster ways! Yet, I'm not quite sure why his trial attorney needs to die, seeing as Mr.
Elder With a Foreword by Studs Terkel. Executed April 21, Son of a Frenchman and a Sioux Indian woman, Boyer was convicted of murdering two people he suspected of raping his mother and sister. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Law and Legal Studies: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It might have something to do with the fact that he claimed to be deaf, blind, and couldn't walk