Thursday, March 8, 2012

Robert Charles Towery: Steak and Potato, Potato, Potato

Robert Charles Towery, known as “Chewie” to his friends, was executed in Arizona today by lethal injection—which is ironic, since Towery attempted a “lethal injection” of his own when he committed the murder that landed him on death row.

Towery and an accomplice broke into the home of a 68-year-old man to rob him. Towery then used a syringe to inject his victim with battery acid before strangling the man to death.

Moments before his execution, Towery apologized for his crime and said his life had been nothing but “mistake after mistake after mistake.”

For his last meal, Towery chose a porterhouse steak with sautéed mushrooms, clam chowder, a baked potato with butter and sour cream, asparagus, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, Pepsi, and milk.

I can’t help imagining a conversation where the prison guard asks “How’s that steak, Chewie?” and Towery replies, “No, it’s actually quite tender.” 

UPDATE: We've just learned that Towery's very last words before he died were, "I love my family. Potato, potato, potato."

I can't even begin to imagine what that means. Even my "English to Psychopath" phrase book can't translate it for me. 

UPDATE #2: The mystery is solved! Apparently "potato, potato, potato" is the sound a Harley-Davidson motorcycle makes when the engine is idling. Towery was supposedly letting his nephew, a fellow motorcycle rider, know that everything was okay--or as okay as things can be just moments before an execution, anyway.

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