Friday, April 21, 2017

From Deadly to Dead Lee

As our loyal readers already know, the name "Lee" is synonymous with trouble. The number of death row inmates with a first, last, or middle name of Lee is staggering. But thanks to Arkansas, the public now has one less lee to worry about. 

Last night, the state executed convicted killer Ledell Lee, who earned his death sentence for sexually assaulting then murdering a 26-year-old woman in her own home. Lee was one of eight men originally scheduled to die in Arkansas this month, before a flurry of stays and appeals put a halt to many of those executions. Arkansas, which hadn't executed a prisoner since 2005, was worried that its supply of execution drugs was about to expire and wanted to use the chemicals before they went bad. 

We've said it before, and we'll say it again; if a drug designed to kill someone "goes bad" and becomes harmful, what exactly does that mean?

For his last meal, Ledell Lee asked to be given holy communion. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Big Day for Bigby

James Eugene Bigby was executed by the state of Texas tonight for a horrific double murder committed in 1991. The former auto mechanic killed a father and the man’s infant son on Christmas Eve, then later killed two more men that same evening. Bigby believed the men were conspiring against him in a pending legal case related to workman’s compensation.

During his murder trial, Bigby’s lawyers claimed the man was a paranoid schizophrenic and introduced evidence that Bigby was raised by an alcoholic mother who breast-fed Bibgy until he was seven years old. Bigby got agitated during the trial, managed to grab a loaded gun from behind the judge’s bench, and threatened the judge with it. He was wrestled to the ground by the judge and two other men, and the trial commenced.

Bigby spent the day of his execution sobbing in apparent remorse for his crimes.

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Bigby was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, James Bigby had pepper steak, steamed rice, brown gravy, carrots, green beans, oven-fried potatoes, sliced bread, and pineapples, with a choice of tea, water, or punch to drink.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rolando Ruiz Ruminates with Remorse

Contract killer Rolando Ruiz was executed by the state of Texas tonight for his part in the murder-for-hire death of a 29-year-old San Antonio woman. The woman’s husband and brother-in-law paid Ruiz $2,000 to be the triggerman in the scheme, which was designed to collect a large life insurance policy. The woman’s husband, Michael Rodriguez, was one of the infamous “Texas 7” who escaped from prison in 2000 and were then recaptured. Rodriguez was executed in 2008.

Unlike some convicted killers, Ruiz did actually show remorse before his execution. "Words cannot begin to express how sorry I am," he lamented at the beginning of his final statement. 

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Ruiz was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Rolando Ruiz had a fried chicken patty, mashed potatoes, country gravy, green beans, carrots, pinto beans, corn bread, and a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Missouri Mum on Madman's Meal

Heinous triple-killer Mark Christeson was executed by the state of Missouri tonight for his part in the horrific slayings of a mother and her two young children back in 1998. Together with his cousin, Christeson raped and robbed the mother than killed her, her 12-year-old daughter, and her 9-year-old son.

Missouri's death row protocols allowed Christeson to order a last meal, but ironically the Show-Me State has yet to show us what it was. A British newspaper reports that Christeson ate a bacon cheeseburger, fries, and pecan pie, but my contacts at the Missouri DOC are strangely silent and no official last meal has been released to the American press as of this writing.

UPDATE: Missouri officials have confirmed Christeson's last meal. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Salisbury Steak Served to Subway Slayer

Convicted double-killer Terry Edwards was executed by the state of Texas tonight for his part in the slaying of two employees at a Subway sandwich shop in 2002. Edwards had formerly worked at the Dallas restaurant, but was fired for stealing money from the cash register. A few weeks later, the disgruntled Edwards returned to the Subway with his cousin to rob the place. During the course of that robbery, the two employees on duty were both shot in the head and killed.

After he was arrested, Edwards first tried to blame the murders on a mysterious man named “T-bone.” But audio recordings from the time of the arrest tell a different story, as Edwards is heard remarking, “Man, I done fucked up this time. Man, I fucked up big time. Got two mother fucking murders.”

Because Texas no longer offers special last meals, Edwards ate the same food as others in his unit today. For his last meal, Edwards had Salisbury steak, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, mixed greens, pinto beans, corn bread, and sliced bread, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ricky Gray was 50 Shades of Evil

Ricky Gray was executed by the state of Virginia last night for his part in the horrific killing of an entire family in 2006. While looking for a home to rob, Gray and his nephew saw a house with an open front door and went inside; they tied up the family living there, which included a husband, wife, and two young girls, assaulted all the victims with knives and hammers, then set the house on fire. Before they left, the pair stole a computer, a wedding ring, and a basket of cookies. 

Gray requested no last meal and spoke no last words.