Texas executes more inmates than any other state, but its gone are not forgotten. The state memorializes its executed with a morbidly fascinating online database containing each inmate's last statement, the New York Times reports. Some praise a deity, some tell their family they love them one last time, some apologize for their crimes ... some cheer for their favorite sports team. "Go Cowboys!" said Jesse Hernandez, 28, who was executed last year. For some critics of the death penalty, the database is simply perverse. "The death penalty is a process, not an act, and posting the final words of a condemned person after a process which has usually lasted a decade or more is simply a disservice," says a human rights expert from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "How is one to assess the phrase of 'Go Cowboys!' from a man on a gurney?"
In the last 30 years, Texas has executed more people than Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Virginia combined. But although the final statements may help humanize the condemned for some observers, Jim Willett, a retired warden who personally witnessed 89 statements in his three years at the Walls Unit prison in Huntsville, says none of them shook his support for the death penalty. "You can hear it in their voices sometimes and in their delivery that they are sincerely hurting for the pain that they put their own family through," he says. (Texas on Wednesday performed its 500th execution
Most of them are very religious now. Almost all of them spoke of "being able to feel it." A couple of them made reference to it burning, I wonder if that is a result of their new found religion. They are now on the highway to hell.
I had a friend of a friend named Lionel Rodriguez who murdered a 20 year old girl and took her car so he could continue on a drug and alcohol binge back in 1991 in Houston . I attended the sentencing phase of the trial where he showed no remorse for his crime . After the jury sentenced him to death he was being led away and was asked by news reporters for his reaction . he calmly said , " Let's do it " . and smiled . He spent about 13 years on death row and never made a last statement or requested a last meal . He died peacefully compared to his victim who suffered an agonizing last minutes of her life for no logical reason . I am a firm supporter of the death penalty because I have personally witnessed violent deaths . I believe that it may not deter some crimes but it does punish those that deserve it .
Yeah that was one of my friend's best friend . I was under the impression that Lionel never gave a last statement to the victims family . I remember that he was into doing cocaine and drinking heavily , something that conflicted with his step-father's rules . The step-father was a sheriff's deputy in a town outside of Houston and had kicked Lionel out for stealing from the home . There was another acquaintance who weeks earlier had gone by the rented house that my cousin and I rented to ask for some money . I had a screen door and gave him $20 dollars through a slit instead of allowing him into the house . He went down the street to a drug dealer's apartment , where he robbed and murdered him . A few days later he turned himself in after having spent all the money and having used all the drugs . That guy was given a 45 year sentence unlike Lionel who ended up on death row .