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The Last Words and Statements of Some Christian Death Row Prisoners.

NAME - EXECUTION DATE -  STATE

Names are Bookmarked for Your Convenience




 Earl Behringer

6/11/1997

Texas

 

Clifton E. Belyeu

5/16/1997

Texas

 

Clifford Boggess

6/11/1998

Texas

 

Robert Carter

5/31/2000

Texas

 

Heliberto Chi

8/7/2008

Texas

 

Herman Clark

12/6/1994

Texas

 

James Clayton

5/25/2000

Texas

 

John William Cockrum

9/30/1997

Texas

 

Anthony Quinn Cook

11/10/1993

Texas

 

Oliver Cruz

8/9//2000

Texas

 

William Prince Davis

9/4/1999

Texas

 

Jeffery Dillingham

11/1/2000

Texas

 

Richard Foster

5/24/2000

Texas

 

Aaron Lee Fuller

11/6/1997

Texas

 

Kenneth Gentry

4/16/1997

Texas

 

David Lee Goff

4/25/2001

Texas

 

Danny Ray Harris

7/30/1993

Texas

 

Don Wilson Hawkins

4/8/2003

Oklahoma

 

David Kevin Hooker

9/30/2008

Alabama

 

George Hopper

3/8/2005

Texas

 

Dorsie Lee Johnson

6/4/1997

Texas

 

Orien Cecil Joiner

7/12/2000

Texas

 

William Kitchens

5/9/2000

Texas

 

Troy Kunkle

1/25/2005

Texas

 

Clarence Lackey

5/20/1997

Texas

 

Edward Lagrone

2/11/2004

Texas

 

Mario Marquez

1/17/1995

Texas

 

Jason Eric Massey

4/3/2001

Texas

 

Farley Matchett

9/12/2006

Texas

 

Rex Mays

9/24/2002

Texas

 

Michael McBride

5/11/2000

Texas

 

Donald Jay Miller

11/8/2000

Arizona

 

Gerald Mitchell

10/22/2001

Texas

 

James Moreland

1/27/2000

Texas

 

Stephen Peter Morin

3/13//1985

Texas

 

Ignacio Alberto Ortiz

10/27/1999

Arizona

 

Lonnie Pursley

5/3/2005

Texas

 

Johnny Dean Pyles

6/15/1998

Texas

 

Sterling Rault

8/24/87

Louisiana

 

Steven Ceon Renfro

2/9/1998

Texas

 

James Richardson

5/23/2000

Texas

 

Lionell Rodriguez

6/20/2007

Texas

 

Michael Rodriguez

8/14/2008

Texas

 

Ron Shamburger

9/18/2002

Texas

 

Michael Eugene Sharp

11/19/1997

Texas

 

Ronford Styron

5/16/2002

Texas

 

Karla Faye Tucker

2/3/1998

Texas

 

Hai Vuong

12/7/1995

Texas

 

James Wilkins

7/11/2001

Texas

 

Kevin Zimmerman

1/21/2004

Texas

 



Earl Behringer

Earl Behringer, Death Row, executed

It’s a good day to die.  I walked in here like a man and I am leaving here like a man.  I had a good life. I have known the love of a good woman, my wife. I have a good family.  My grandmother is the pillar of the community.  I love and cherish my friends and family.  Thank you for your love.

To the Hancock family, I am sorry for the pain I caused you. If my death gives you any peace, so be it.

I want my friends to know it is not the way to die, but I belong to Jesus Christ. I confess my sins.  I have…

6/11/1997

 

Clifton E. Belyeu

First of all I want to thank the LORD, my family and my wife Nora for all the support and encouragement they’ve shown me through all this. I love you!!  Now I want to thank all of you that came here today to be with me. I know most of you are here to see me suffer and die but you’re in for a big disappointment because today is a day of joy. Today is the day I’ll be set free from all this pain and suffering. Today I’m going home to HEAVEN to live for all eternity with my HEAVENLY FATHER JESUS CHRIST, and as I lay here taking my last breath, I’ll be praying for all of you because you’re here today with anger and hatred in your hearts letting Satan deceive you into believing that what you’re doing is right and just. GOD help you, because what you’re doing here today and what’s in your hearts here today makes you no better than any man or woman on death-rows across this country. Today you’re committing murder too!!! I pray on my own behalf for forgiveness for any and all of the pain I’ve caused you, I pray that some day you’ll realize your own mistakes and ask GOD to forgive you as I have, because there is no peace without GOD’s forgiveness………………………….

Amen.

5/16/1997

Clifford Boggess

Clifford Boggess, Death Row, executed

I’d like to say that for the murders of Ray Hazelwood and Frank Collier, I’m sorry for that pain it has caused you. To my friends, I’d like to say that I love you and I’m glad you’ve been a part of my life. Thank you. I’ll miss you. Remember that today I’ll be with Jesus in paradise. I’ll see you again.

Lord Jesus Christ, son of Almighty God, [have] mercy on me as a sinner, forgive me of my sins. I would like to offer up my death for the conversion of sinners on Death Row. Lord Jesus, into your hands I command my spirit.

6/11/1998

 

Robert Earl Carter

Robert Earl Carter

To the Davis family, I am sorry for all of the pain that I caused your family. It was me and me alone. Anthony Graves had nothing to do with it. I lied on him in court. My wife had nothing to do with it. Anthony Graves don't even know anything about it. My wife don't know anything about it. But, I hope that you can find your peace and comfort in strength in Christ Jesus alone. Like I said, I am sorry for hurting your family. And it is a shame that it had to come to this. So I hope that you don't find peace, not in my death, but in Christ. Cause He is the only one that can give you the strength that you need.  And to my family, I love you. Ah, you have been a blessing to me and I love you all and one day I will see y'all, so I hope y'all find y'all peace, comfort, and strength in Christ Jesus alone, because that's where it's at. Abul, behold your son, and Anitra, behold your mother.  I love you.

I am ready to go home and be with my Lord.

5/31/2000

 

Heliberto Chi

Heliberto Chi, Death Row, executed

Jesus receive my spirit.  I love you Edgardo I appreciate your hard work.  Thank you.  Okay, receive my spirit.  Thanks sir.

 8/7/2008

 

Herman Clark

I told the daughter not to come. Discontinue be quiet, please. Specifically, I want to say that the bad evil man I was when I came to death row 13 years ago is no more – by the power of God Jesus Christ God Almighty Holy Spirit, he has transformed me as a new creature of Christ. I know that I am a Christ child and that my Lord will welcome me into His arms.

Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. I love all of you, those I can and can’t see. With the love of Christ, my love for you is secure and I love you purely and wholeheartedly in the name of the Almighty God.

8/7/2008

 

James Clayton

James Clayton, Death Row, executed

I would like to take this time to, ah, to use this moment an example for Christ. I would like to follow his example and leave with peace in my heart and forgiveness. There is no anger in my heart about this entire situation. I just want to testify to all of y'all that I have loved you.  I appreciate your concern and genuine love for me. God bless you. I love all of all.  Jesus is Lord.

5/25/2000

 

John William Cockrum

John William Cockrum, Death Row, executed

I would like to apologize to the victim’s family for all of the pain I have caused them. I would like to tell my family I love them and I hope to see them again soon. Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me the strength and the time in my life to find Jesus Christ and to be forgiven for all of my sins. Thank you for the changes in my life you have given me, the love and closeness of my family, and my beautiful daughter.  Thank you for using me –

9/30/1997

 

Anthony Quinn Cook

Anthony Quinn Cook, Death Row, executed

I just want to tell my family I love them, and I thank the Lord Jesus for giving me another chance and for saving me.

11/10/1993

 

Oliver Cruz

Oliver Cruz, Death Row, executed

First of all, I want to apologize to the family of Kelly Elizabeth Donovan. I am sorry for what I did to her twelve years ago. I wish they could forgive me for what I did. I am sorry. I am sorry for hurting my family, for hurting my friends. Jesus forgive me. Take me home with you. I am ready.  I love you all.

8/9//2000

 

William Prince Davis

William Prince Davis, Death Row, executed

I would like to give thanks to God Almighty, by whose grace I am saved through His son, Jesus Christ, without whom I would be nothing today. Because of this mercy and grace, I have come a long way, and I would like to thank God and others who have been instrumental. I would like to say to the Lang family how truly sorry I am in my soul and in my heart of hearts for the pain and misery that I have caused from my actions. I am truly sorry. And to my family I would also like to extend to them the same apology for the pain and misery that I have put them through, and I love them dearly from the bottom of my heart, and one day I would like to see them on the other side.  Some I will some I won’t. I would like to thank all of the men on Death Row who have showed me love throughout the years, but especially the last two or three weeks, and I hold nothing against no man.  I am so thankful that I have lived as long as I have.  I hope that I have helped someone.  I hope that [by] donating my body to science that some parts of it can be used to help someone, and I just thank the Lord for all that he has done for me.  That is all I have to say, Warden.

Oh, I would like to say in closing, " What about those cowboys?

9/4/1999

 

Jeffery Dillingham

Jeffery Dillingham, Death Row, executed

I would just like to apologize to the victim's family for what I did. I take full responsibility for that poor woman's death, for the pain and suffering inflicted on Mr. Koslow.

Father, I want to thank you for all of the beautiful people you put in my life. I could not have asked for two greater parents than you gave me. I could just ask for two greater people in their life now. It is a blessing that there are people that they love so much but even more so, people that I love so much.

I thank you for all the things you have done in my life, for the ways that you have opened my eyes, softened my heart. The ways that you have taught me.  For teaching me how to love, for all of the bad things you have taken out of my life.  For all the good things you have added to it.

I thank you for all of the beautiful promises that you make us in your word, and I graciously received every one of them. Thank you Heavenly Father for getting me off of death row and for bringing me home out of prison.

I love you Heavenly Father, I love you Jesus.  Thank you both for loving me.  Amen.

11/1/2000

 

Richard Foster

Richard Foster, Death Row, executed

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.  So for the life for which I live now in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. I love you, Annie. You have been the best friend I have ever had in the world.  I'll see you when you get there, okay?

I am ready, Warden.

5/24/2000

 

Aaron Lee Fuller

Aaron Lee Fuller, Death Row, executed

Jesus, the Lord, is everything to me. I am nothing without him.

Praise Jesus. Praise God

11/6/1997

 

Kenneth Gentry

Kenneth Gentry, Death Row, executed

Thank the Lord for the past 14 years that have allowed me to grow as a man –

To J.D.’s family, I am sorry for the suffering you have gone through the past 14 years. I hope you can get some peace tonight.

To my family, I am happy to be going home to Jesus.

Sweet Jesus, here I come. Take me home.  I am going your way.

4/16/1997

 

David Lee Goff

David Lee Goff, Death Row, executed

I want to give all the praise to God and glory and thank him for all that he done for me. With this let all debts be paid that I owed - real or imagined. The slate is wiped clean, all marked erased other than that there is no justice.  That's not justice. Praise the Lord. Glory to Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord God.

4/25/2001

 

Danny Ray Harris

Danny Ray Harris, Death Row, executed

I would like to tell my family I love them very dearly, and I know they love me. I love all of the people who supported me all of these years. I would like to tell the Merka family I love them, too. I plead with all the teenagers to stop the violence and to accept Jesus Christ and find victory. Today I have victory in Christ and I thank Jesus for taking my spirit into His precious hands.  Thank you, Jesus.

7/30/1993

 

Don Wilson Hawkins

Don Wilson Hawkins, Death Row, executed

I've got peace.  The state needs vengeance for the crime I've done.  They're going to punish my body, but Jesus has forgiven me.

4/8/2003

 

David Kevin Hooker

David Kevin Hooker, Death Row, executed

I swear by you, Lord Jesus Christ my savior that my time should be no longer.  The mystery of life shall be finished.  Amen.

9/30/2008

 

George Hopper

George Hopper, Death Row, executed

I want to apologize to you, and I am sorry.  I have made a lot of mistakes in my life.  The things I did changed so many lives.  I can't take it back, it was an atrocity.  I am sorry.  I beg your forgiveness, I know I am not worthy of it.  I love you Mom and Dad, and all my family.  Thank you for everything.  Jesus, thank you for your love and saving grace.  Thank you for shedding your blood on Calvary for me.  Thank you Jesus for the love you have shown me.…

3/8/2005

 

Dorsie Lee Johnson

I would like to tell my family that I love them and always be strong and keep their heads up and keep faith in Jesus.

That’s it.

6/4/1997

 

Orien Cecil Joiner

Orien Cecil Joiner, Death Row, executed, execution

Kathy, y'all take and I bless all of you and I am glad I have had y'all in my life. As I have said from the very first thing, I am innocent of this crime and God knows I am innocent and the four people that was murdered know I am innocent and when I get to heaven I'll be hunting you and we'll talk. I feel sorry for the families that's had to suffer and my family and I have 'em all in my prayers. I love you all. Y'all take and y'all look after Sheila and Shannon and them, call 'em and get the pictures to 'em and everything and, ah, again, like I said, I feel sorry for the families, but if it takes my death to make them happy, then I will bless them. I have no hard feelings toward anyone cause the Lord feels that it is my time to come home to Him, my work on earth is done and that, ah, like I said, I am just sorry for, but they will have to go through this one time again, cause sooner or later, whoever did this crime is going to be caught and they'll have to come down here and do this again and they will realize they witnessed an innocent man going to be with Jesus Christ.

7/12/2000

 

William Kitchens

William Kitchens, Death Row, executed, execution

Yes, sir. James Webb, I don't know which one you are out there. I can't remember from the trial. I personally just want to let you know if there has ever been any doubt in your mind at all of what happened, I want you to know that Patty was always faithful to you, that I forced her for everything that she did and I am sorry. I just don't know how to tell ya'll I am sorry for what I did. There is no way for expressing I am sorry. I just hope that in some kind of way that ya'll can move on and find peace in your life. The Lord has given me peace and that is all that I pray for is that ya'll can find that peace. I just want you to know that I am sorry for what I done. I can't change that, all I can do is say I am sorry, that's nothing for what I have done. I can't replace your loss. I am sorry. I just want you to know that I love all of ya'll. It's been a pleasure, ya'll just keep on with life, it's gonna be good. The Lord's gonna be with us. If it's alright, I just want to say a prayer first.

Father, God, I just thank you for the time that you have given me on this earth, for having mercy on somebody like me for all the despicable thing's I've done in my life, Father, but you still with your love and your mercy reach down into my heart and changed it before it's too late. I ask that you bestow peace upon the family of Patricia Webb, that you let them know, Father, that you are in a place where they can obtain that peace, and you will help them move on in their life, Father. Help them, Father, to find it in their hearts, not for my sake, but for yours, and their sake to, Father, find it in their heart to forgive me for what I have done. Father, I just ask that you be with my family and comfort them to move on Father. Father, we are all here today for the mistake that I have made and I thank you for your mercy for sending your Son into this life, that we might come to know you, Father. Father, I pray for these Wardens and the officers and the people that deal with all of this, Father, I ask that you touch their hearts, Father, and if there is any wrong to it, that you will forgive them, Father. Just let them know that you love them, Father, and that You are the way. I just thank you and in Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.

I love ya'll, ya'll take care. I am so sorry.

5/9/2000

 

Troy Kunkle

Troy Kunkle, Death Row, executedTroy Kunkle, Death Row, executed

Yes sir.  I would like to ask you to forgive me.  I made a mistake and I am sorry for what I did.  All I can do is ask you to forgive me.  I love you and I will see all of you in Heaven.  I love you very much.  Praise Jesus.  I love you.  Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.. In Jesus precious name, I pray this.

Goodbye, Mama. Goodbye, Donna.

1/25/2005

 

Clarence Lackey

Clarence Lackey, Death Row, executed

I would like to thank my Lord Jesus Christ for keeping me strong all these years. I would also like to thank my mother for standing by me all these years. I would also like to thank my pen pals, Joe and Camille Tilling and JoAnn for helping me stay strong all these years. I also thank my two lawyers, Rita and Brent, for fighting to keep me alive.

I love you, Mom –

5/20/1997

 

Edward Lagrone

Edward Lagrone, Death Row, executedEdward Lagrone, Death Row, executed

Yes.  I just want to say I am not sad today or bitter with anybody.  Like I've said from day one, I did not go in there and kill them - but I am no better than those that did.  Jesus is Lord.

2/11/2004

 

Mario Marquez

  Thank you for being my Lord Jesus and Savior and I am ready to come home. Amen.

1/17/1995

 

Jason Eric Massey

Jason Eric Massey, Death Row, executed

Yes, first I would like to speak to the victims' family.  First of all, I would like to say that I do not know any of y'all and that is unfortunate, because I would like to apologize to each and every one of you individually.  I can't imagine what I have taken from y'all, but I do want to apologize and I want to let you know that I did do it.  You guys know that I am guilty and I am sorry for what I have done.  I apologize and I know that you may not be able to forgive me and I know that may not be able to forgive me in this life and in this world, but I hope sometime in the future you will be able to find it in you to forgive me.  And I want you to know that Christina, she did not suffer as much as you think she did.  I promise you that.  I give you my word.  I know you guys want to know where the rest of her remains are.  I put her remains in the Trinity River.  I have said that since I have come to death row.  I want to apologize to you again.  I hope sometime in the future you can forgive me.

Okay, now I want to speak to my mom and my family.  Brother Anderson, Kathy, I want you to know that I appreciate all these years that you have been coming to see me on death row and Daddy, I love you.  I appreciate y'all being here and being strong for me, and Mama, you know I love you, and I appreciate all of these visits, the letters and everything y'all have done for me.  Y'all have been wonderful.  You too, Granny.  I love y'all and you know, I want to apologize to y'all too for what I have done.  For all of the pain that I have caused, but all of this pain has brought us closer together and all of this suffering that we have been through has brought us all closer to the Lord and in the end that is what counts.  Isn't it?  That's what counts in the end where you stand with Almighty God.  I know that God has used this to change my life.  And it's all been worth it because of that.  If I lie here today where I lie, I can say in the face of death, Jesus is Lord.  He has changed my life and I know that when I leave this body, I am going home to be with the Lord forever.  That is all I want to say.  I love y'all and I won't say goodbye, I will say I will see you again.  I love you, Daddy.

Tonight I dance on the streets of gold.  Let those without sin cast the first stone.

4/3/2001

 

Farley Matchett

Farley Matchett, Death Row, executed

To my family and my mother and my three precious daughters, I love you all.  And to my brother and sister for standing with me throughout this situation.  Stay strong and know that I'm in a better place.  I ask for forgiveness.  And to the victim's family, find peace and cancellation with my death and move on.  Our Lord Jesus Christ, I commend myself to you.  I am ready.

9/12/2006

 

Rex Mays

Rex Mays, Death Row, executed

I would like to say a final prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I come to you today, Lord, and thank You for this opportunity to be with You in paradise.  I ask You for forgiveness for the ones that need to be forgiven.  Dear Lord, deliver us from evil and give us the comfort and peace and joy that we need.  Dear Lord, I ask You right now to be with each of the witnesses and lift them up and be on solid ground.  Let them know what has gone on and may we all see each other again.  Amen.

I would like to thank each witness:  Ms. Cox, Whiteside, Reed, Scott, and Chad.  I am going to go and see Jesus tonight and reserve a special place for each one of you.  You all have been there when no one else was.  Thank you for all of your love and support.  Just know that I am ready to go.  You all know what I've gone through.  I am going to a better place with the Lord.  I'm mad for one reason, that I'm leaving you behind, when I am going to a better place.  Y'all still have to go through this hell on earth.  Just remember the good things and not the bad.  You are all loved and respected.

Warden, just give me parole and let me go home to be with the Lord.

9/24/2002

 

Michael McBride

Michael McBride, Death Row, executedMichael McBride, Death Row, executed

Written:

The following is the personal final statement of and by Michael L. McBride.

The Beatitudes:

Jesus lifted up his eyes on His disciples, and said, " Blessed be the poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in Heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall moan and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

The supremacy of love over gifts: I Corinthians, Chapter 13: 4-8:

Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous, love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecoming, it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away, if there are tongues, they will cease. Now abide faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is love.

Poem:

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

  I am not there I do not sleep.

  I am the diamond glints in the snow,

  I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.

  I am the gentle autumn rain.

  When you awaken in the morning's hush,

  I am the swift uplifting rush

  of quiet birds in circled flight,

  I am the soft stars that shine at night.

  Do not stand at my grave and cry,

  I am not there.  I did not die.

 

Signed

Michael L. McBride #903

May 11, 2000

Huntsville, Texas

Spoken

Thank you, um, I anticipated that I would try to memorize and recite beatitudes New Testament, more or less, Luke's beatitudes, I should say, and a , a chapter on love in 1st Corinthians chapter 13, ah, I pretty much knew that I would not be able to memorize so much. There was also a poem that went along with it and in anticipation of not being able to, um, fulfill that desire, I provided a written statement that will be made available to anybody that wants it, I believe. Isn't that correct? So, uh, I wanted you to hear me say that and I apologize and for any other grief I have caused you know, including the, ah, what you're about to witness now. It won't be very long. As soon as you realize that appear I am falling asleep. I would leave because I won't be here after that point. I will be dead at that point.  It's irreversible. God bless all of you.  Thank you.

5/11/2000

 

Donald Jay Miller

Donald Jay Miller, Death Row, executed

First of all, Mom, I love you. Sorry to put you through all of this. I'm sorry, but I needed to.  Richard, it was good to know you. Take care of my Mom.

Matthew, I think that's you. I apologize because I didn't take the bullet for your sister, because I understand that you missed the Little League Championship game. You can't go back to play the game your team won.

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, forgive them for they know not what they do. Although I walk through the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.

Mom, I love you.  That's it.

11/8/2000

 

Gerald Mitchell

Gerald Mitchell, Death Row, executed

Yes, sir.  Where's Mr. Marino's mother?  Did you get my letter? Just wanted to let you know, I sincerely meant everything I wrote. I am sorry for the pain. I am sorry for the life I took from you. I ask God for forgiveness and I ask you for the same. I know it maybe hard, but I'm sorry for what I did.  To my family I love each and every one of you. Be strong. Know my love is always with you...always. I know I am going home to be with the Lord. Shed tears of happiness for me. I love each and everyone of you. Keep on living.

Betty, you have been wonderful. You guided me to the Lord.  You have been like a mother to me. Sean, Rusty, Jenny, Marsha, God Bless each and every one of y'all.

Jesus, I confess you as my Lord and Savior. I know when I die, I'll have life in heaven and life eternal everlasting. I am ready for that mansion that you promised me.

Take care.

It's alright Sean, it's alright.  I'm going to a better place.

10/22/2001

 

James Moreland

James Moreland, Death Row, executed

Dad, I love you both. You've been the best. All of you, all of you have truly been the best. And ah, I believe I'm going home. I'm sorry, and I really mean that, it's not just words. My life is all I can give. I stole 2 lives and I know it was precious to ya'll. That's the story of my whole life, that's what alcohol will do for you. Oh Jesus, Lord God, take me home. Precious Lord. Take me home Lord. Take me home. Yes, sir. Take me home oh Lord.

1/27/2000

 

Stephen Peter Morin

Stephen Peter Morin, Death Row, executed

Heavenly Father, I give thanks for this time, for the time that we have been together, the fellowship in your world, the Christian family presented to me (He called the names of the personal witnesses.). Allow your holy spirit to flow as I know your love has been showered upon me. Forgive them for they know not what they do, as I know that you have forgiven me, as I have forgiven them. Lord Jesus, I commit my soul to you, I praise you, and I thank you.

3/13//1985

 

Ignacio Alberto Ortiz

Ignacio Alberto Ortiz, Death Row, executed

Jesus Christ is the Lord. Heavenly Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. Thank you.

10/27/1999

 

Lonnie Pursley

Lonnie Pursley, Death Row, executed

Yes. I would like to address the victim's family. I received your poem and I am very grateful for your forgiveness. I still want to ask for it anyway. I have Jesus in my heart and I am sorry for any pain I caused you all. Thank you for your forgiveness. I am sorry. Ashlee, Pam -- I am going to miss you all. I love you all. Give everybody my love. Give everybody my love, O.K.? Mother, James, Justin, Corey, Brent, grand-babies and Daddy - I love you Pam. I love you Ashlee, Pammy and Irene. I will see you all on the other side. Couple friends on death row who have helped me ShyTown and Crazy Jay...I love you all and for all your support. Uncle Ray too. I am saved and I am going home, O.K.? You all stay strong.  You all stay strong. That is all.

5/3/2005

 

Johnny Dean Pyles

Johnny Dean Pyles, Death Row, executed

I want to tell you folks there, of a…I have a love in my heart for you. I hope you don’t look for satisfaction or comfort or peace in my execution. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I want him to be yours. I’m sorry for the pain and heartache I’ve caused your family.  Too many years I’ve caused all my family problems and heartache.  I’m sorry. I wanted to let you know that the Lord Jesus is my life and I just want to go.  I’m gonna fall asleep and I’ll be in his presence shortly.  I got reason to rejoice and I pray to see all of you there someday.

6/15/1998

 

Sterling Rault

I would like the public to know that they are killing an innocent man at this time. I pray that God will forgive all those involved in this matter.  I, personally, do not hold any animosity towards anyone, though.

This country professes to be `One nation under God,' but the death penalty goes against the word of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross in order that all people would have mercy and we need to start giving that mercy to our fellow man.

Into the arms of love of God I now go. I love you all. May God bless you all.

8/24/87

A personal note on Sterling:

Sterling was the only one of these prisoners I had a relationship with, and we corresponded by mail for a time.   He was a great guy, and very polite, and I am glad the Lord forgave him of his sins even as he forgave me!   If I wrote a page, he wrote a page.   If I typed, he typed.   If I wrote long hand, he wrote long hand.   On a few occasions somehow he managed to call me up and we had a fine chat. One time when he was going to get executed, but got a stay, I fasted two weeks for him.   It was quite an experience which is noted in another story.   However, the state finally killed him, and as they threw the switch, I was halfway across the country praying.   I hope if a relative reads this they will get in contact with me.   Thanks.

 

Steven Ceon Renfro

Steven Ceon Renfro, Death Row, executed

I would like to tell the victims’ families that I am sorry, very sorry.

I am so sorry. Forgive me if you can.

I know it’s impossible, but try.

Take my hand, Lord Jesus, I’m coming home.

2/9/1998

 

James Richardson

James Richardson, Deth Row, executed

Can they talk back?  Say I pray for it, I accept it. Pray with me. This is still a statement. Ready?  Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us, Lord. I ask that you watch over my Mama and over my sister. I ask this in the name of Christ. I also repent for all my sins, Lord.  I pray that you will bring me home tonight. Please, I ask that I rest in your arms in the name of Christ Jesus I pray this.  I truly believe that Jesus died for my sins that I may be resurrected, Lord, that you would do that much. Please, I ask that you not let me down and that I will be with you today in Heaven. Christ Jesus name I pray this.

Donna and everybody else, Mr. Johnson, I ask that y'all will pray for me and that God will bring me home tonight, that he will keep me in Heaven, that I will still be in heaven. Please Lord, I don't want to be in Heaven, I mean I don't want to be in Hell. And, please Lord, I confess my sins. This is your son, Lord Jesus, this is your servant, please, this is your slave. I love you, too. Donna and Mama and Mr. Johnson, I wrote a message. Don't give up, love you all, even the ones that are my enemies. I truly forgive all of y'all in Christ Jesus, we pray. I ask God that he take all the hate out of my heart and away from my soul. Please, please, Lord, don't fail me. I don't know is Margie here now? But if she is, I ask her forgiveness. I ask that you not hold nothing against me or my family from this day forward, and hold no hate toward them. I don't know. I can't hear you, you may forgive me, and you may not. Forgive Mike Allison, forgive McHenry, forgive us all.

Whatever the cost may be I love you. Take care of my Mama. Donna, I ask you to take care of my Mama, too. Whenever you get mad at her, you remember me.  Remember I may be back. Mama, I am going to try to make that promise to you.  I gonna ask God to allow his child to come back to see you. Cause I am in Heaven. At time I can come (unintelligible).  Okay, Mr. Johnson, you take care, let my Mama's will be done. One more prayer, then we may proceed.

Heavenly Father, I confess my sins, really I do. Let me know that I will be in Heaven tonight. Please let me know. I don't want to be in Hell with Satan or anyone else. Please, that is something I need to know. I ask that Jesus give me help.

In Jesus precious name, I pray this. I ask that you give me those promises, that you assure me that those promises are real. That I am praying right. In Jesus precious name, I pray this.

Goodbye, Mama. Goodbye, Donna.

5/23/2000

 

Lionell Gonzales Rodriguez

Lionell Gonzales Rodriguez, Death Row, executedLionell Gonzales Rodriguez, Death Row, executed

First of all, you have every right to hate me and every right to want to see this. To you and to my family, you don't deserve to see this.  I wasn't going to apologize by letter, I wanted to apologize face to face.  None of this should have happened.  It is the right thing to do.  I have a good family, just like you are a good family.  I hope that any bitterness that you have because of what I did, I hope you can learn to forgive.  I asked my family to contact you, because they did no wrong.  I am responsible and I am sorry to you all.  Thank you all my Jefe (dad), my brothers, Maria and my Grandfather.  Thank you, we will see each other again.  Thank you, Lord Jesus receive my spirit.

6/20/2007

 

Michael Rodriguez

Michael Rodriguez, Death Row, executed

Yes I do, I know this no way makes up for all the pain and suffering I gave you. I am so so sorry. My punishment is nothing compared to the pain and sorrow I have caused. I hope that someday you can find peace. I am not strong enough to ask for forgiveness because I don't if I am worth. I realize what I've done to you and the pain I've given. Please Lord forgive me. I have done some horrible things. I ask the Lord to please forgive me. I have gained nothing, but just brought sorrow and pain to these wonderful people. I am sorry.  So so sorry. To the Sanchez family who showed me love.  To the Hawkings family, I am sorry. I know I have affected them for so long. Please forgive me.  Irene, I want to thank you and thank your husband Jack. I'll be waiting for you. I am so sorry. To these families I ask forgiveness. Father God I ask you too for forgiveness. I ask you for forgiveness Lord. I am ready to go Lord. Thank you. I am ready to go.  My Jesus my Savior there is none like you. All of my days I want to praise, let every breath.  Shout to the Lord let us sing.

8/14/2008

 

Ron Shamburger

Ron Shamburger, Death Row, executed

A lot of people have always asked if there is a Heaven, and I say there is.  There is a Heaven and a Hell.  They ask, "Who goes to Heaven?"   I believe that it is those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:25:  For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23:  The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.

Romans 5:8:  While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9:  If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He was raised from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

John 3:16:  For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.

A lot of people forget about:

John3:36:  If you have the Son, you have life and if you have not the Son, the wrath of God lies on you.

In this life, we sin and we make mistakes:

1 John 1:19:  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins.

I had a verse that jumped out at me a few days ago.  Psalm 99:8 speaks of the holiness of God and He was to the people a God who forgave, but He took vengeance on his deeds.  I am not here because of my faith in the Lord Jesus, but I am here for no other reason than my own actions.  To the Bakers, I am really sorry for the pain and sorrow I caused you.  I really do not know what to say, but I am sorry - forgive me.  And to my parents, I am sorry for the pain I have caused you.  Forgive me thank you for your love.

9/18/2002

 

Michael Eugene Sharp

Michael Eugene Sharp, Death Row, executed

Yes, I do. I would like to tell the surviving victims here, society, my family and friends, that I ask that they forgive me for anything I have done. I beg for your forgiveness. I would like to ask the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and say that in spite of my circumstances, I have been blessed by Him. My first thought is that Jesus Christ came down and separated the humans from God.  I would like to see that wall that separates these groups here tonight brought down and that we would all have love and compassion for one another and that you all build a future for all of us. There are a lot of men on the Row who need to be remembered.  I love all…

11/19/1997

 

Ronford Styron

Ronford Styron, Death Row, executed

Yes sir, Thank you.  I love y'all and I want y'all to know that.  Y'all always told me not to worry about myself.  I worry more about you all because I know where I am going.  I want to see you there, so get your heart right.  You know I love you and care for you.  I am going to go with my little boy and play with him.  Y'all take care and I love y'all.  I love y'all.  Chaplain Wilcox, Roger, Robin, Sarah, Grandma.  I love you.  Y'all be careful.  Lord Jesus, I see your Spirit, it's o.k.  I love you.

I am ready to go home and be with my Lord.

5/16/2002

 

Karla Faye Tucker

Karla Faye Tucker, Death Row, executed

Yes sir, I would like to say to all of you – the Marino  family and Jerry Dean’s family that I am so sorry. I hope God will give you peace with this.

Baby, I love you. Ron, give Peggy a hug for me. Everybody has been so good to me.

I love all of you very much. I am going to be face to face with Jesus now. Warden Baggett, thank all of you so much. You have been so good to me. I love all of you very much. I will see you all when you get there.  I will wait for you.

2/3/1998

 

Hai Vuong

Hai Vuong, Death Row, executed, execution

I thank God that he died for my sins on the cross, and I thank Him for saving my soul, so I will know when my body lays back in the grave, my soul goes to be with the Lord. Praise God.

I hope whoever hears my voice tonight will turn to the Lord.  I give my spirit back to Him. Praise the Lord.  Praise Jesus.  Hallelujah.

12/7/1995

 

James Wilkins

Sandy, all of you, I am sorry. Please hear me.  Please in the name of God forgive me. Please understand. Please find that peace.  I am really sorry. Please for your sake forgive me. All of you please.

I love my sister, my friends, father. Thank you for loving me and being with me. You are magnificent people. God has blessed me more than I deserve.

I would like to end with a prayer.

Heavenly Father, as I come to you to praise and thank you that even now I can endure the pain that you endured when you died for me on the cross. You have forgiven me of my sins and travesties. Thank you, Lord, for giving me strength. Give them strength to forgive me. Ask them to have them forgive me in their hearts. I ask you to touch each and every one of them. I am truly repentant.  In the name of Jesus Christ I love you.

Warden I am ready to go home please.  Remember God is peace, God is love.

7/11/2001

 

Kevin Lee Zimmerman

Kevin Lee Zimmerman, Death Row, executedKevin Lee Zimmerman, Death Row, executed

Yes. Connie, Nanny, Bea, Kathy and Richard - I love you all and I thank you all very much for supporting me with your love. In the name of Jesus, I am sorry for the pain I caused you all. I am sorry. Gilbert didn't deserve to die and I want you all to know I am sorry.  I pray that the good Lord will give you all peace.  Okay.

1/21/2004

 

Post Script

The apostle John wrote at the end of his gospel,  "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one,  I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25)

I submit to the reader that the last words of the individual prisoners are a little book and a testament to the miracle working power of the Lord Jesus Christ.  If you read the murder accounts committed by these men (and one woman), the death penalty may not seem so cruel and unusual and gruesome.  However, most of their victims were killed in a brief moment, and some, it is true, were tortured beyond imagination.  Be assured, though, that living on death row year after year is an extended torture as well.  For example, Mr. Ortiz was on death row for twenty years before the State of Arizona killed him, but all the while the prison system, its employees, attorneys, judges, news media, and associated enterprises, exploited him for all he was worth.  He was an asset to be mined for their personal gain. 

Prisoners, especially on death row, are like “detainees” at Guantanamo (Gitmo), Cuba, where people are, or were, used for personal political, sadistic, and monetary gain.  You might say, “Well, it’s just a part of life; the way things are in the world, and it’s a dirty job and somebody’s got to do it.”  But consider this word of truth: “The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”  (Proverbs 16:4) 

I am sure at the end of their lives on earth, and with the beginning of eternity, each one of these prisoners realized whatever they went through worked out fine in the end.  As you may understand, they were tortured and humbled in prison, and that is why they called out to the Lord Jesus Christ to save them from their sins.  And their sins, my friend, were all forgiven and forgotten by God – even brutal murder. 

Listen: As the switch to Old Sparky was flipped, or poison was pumped into their veins while strapped on the cross, the prisoners took their last breath in the death house and their next breath in eternity with the Lord.  Are you ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ?  Have you been forgiven of all your sin?  If not, remember - God loves You.  Read your Bible.

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen