Anthony Shore, the serial killer known as the “Tourniquet Killer” because of the way he strangled his victims, was executed by the state of Texas tonight. Shore confessed to murdering five females between the ages of 9 and 21, all of whom were sexually assaulted and tortured before they were killed.
Shore has been on death row since 2004 and has sought to avoid the death penalty in various ways, including one defense that claimed Shore injured his head during a 1981 car crash and his personality was affected as a result—but even the killer’s family didn’t buy that one. “I think it’s a load of crap,” Shore’s youngest daughter stated, and Shore’s sister seemed to be looking forward to her brother’s execution because “then when people ask about him, we can just say he’s dead.”
Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Shore was given the same food as others in his prison unit. For his last meal, Anthony Shore had a chicken patty, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, carrots, and cornbread, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.