Pardon the dark subject matter gents but I wanted to share this with you guys. As we all know, there is a sentencing gap between men and women, men are more likely to serve more time for the same crime and are more likely to be executed for capital crimes. Some countries, Russia for example (who admittedly have not executed anyone since 1996) have encoded into law that women are not eligible for the death penalty at all, no matter how heinous the crime they’ve committed is.
All this leads to a disproportianate amount of the wrongly accused being executed for crimes they did not commit being of the male gender. It also leads to men who have commited heinous crimes being more likely to be executed simply for being the wrong gender. Given this, I thought we should at least hear what some of these mens last words were, the link below is of a reddit thread which includes the link to the last words of 522 death row inmates.
Here are some that were particularly hard to read.
“I would like to say first of all the real violent crimes in this case are acts committed by James Boswell and Clay Morgan Gaines. We have the physical evidence to prove fabrication and cover-up. The people responsible for killing me will have blood on their hands for an unprovoked murder. I am not guilty; I acted in self-defense and reflex in the face of a police officer who was out of control. James Boswell had his head beat in; possibly due to this he had problems. My jurors had not heard about that. They did not know he had suffered a head injury from the beating by a crack dealer five months earlier; that he was filled with anger and wrote an angry letter to the Houston Chronicle. He expressed his frustration at the mayor, police chief and fire chief. He was mad at the world. Three and a half months before I worked on a deal with the DEA, the informant was let off. At the moment he left the courtroom, he became angry with me; Officer Boswell was upset about this. Officer Boswell and an angry woman were in the police car and they were talking in raised voices. In other words, Officer Boswell was angry at the time I walked up. Officer Boswell may have reacted to the…(Offender stopped speaking in mid-sentence.)”
“Only the sky and the green grass goes on forever and today is a good day to die.”
“When his attorney came into the witness room, he said, “Tell Mom I love her.” The attorney said back to him, “I love you, too.””
~Jesus Romero, Jr.
“First, I want to let my mom knowv not to cry, there is no reason to cry, everybody dies. Everybody has their time, don’t worry about me. I’m strong. To my family: my old man, my kids, daddy is sorry. I love each and every one of you. I’ll be looking for you. To my wife, I love you. The last two years have been the best. All my kids, mom, nieces, and nephews, I am proud of all of ya’ll. I love each and every one of ya’ll. I really love ya’ll.
To the victims, I’m very sorry for everything that happened. I am not the malicious person that you think I am. I was real stupid back then. I made a great many mistakes. What happened was wrong. I was a kid in a grown man’s world. I messed up, and I can’t take it back. I wasn’t old enough to understand. Please don’t carry around that hurt in your heart. You have got to find a way to get rid of the hate. Trust me, killing me is not going to give you closure. I hope you find closure. Don’t let that hate eat you up, find a way to get past it.
Linda, I love you, I appreciate you. I hate the way things turned out. Ms. Sheri, thank you. To the victims again, I hate the way all of this happened to ya’ll. I don’t think any good will come of this. I am going to see ya’ll again. I love ya’ll, be strong for me. Keep your heads up. I came into the world strong. I’ll leave the world strong. Warden, go ahead. I am sorry for the victim’s family. Murder isn’t right, killing of any kind isn’t right. Got to find another way.”
To be clear, some of these men may very well be guilty of the crimes they are accused of, I am NOT defending their horrific actions if they are in fact guilty, I’m saying that it is wrong to strap them down and kill them at higher rates simply because they are men, and I’m asking you to consider the possibility that since, as a society, we visit the ultimate form of vengeance on men, more than we do women, what does that say about us? again sorry for the macabre post but I’d figure id share.