Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Burning Question about Juan Castillo

Convicted killer Juan Castillo was executed by the state of Texas last night for the robbery and murder of an aspiring rapper in 2003.

When asked if he had any final words, Castillo said, "To everyone that has been there for me, you know who you are. See y'all on the other side." Then, according to one witness, Castillo added, "Shit does burn."

We can't help wondering about those additional three words. Was Castillo complaining about pain from the execution drugs? Making a general statement about life? Discussing the flammable qualities of manure? Or was this one of those "Yanny or Laurel" incidents, and did Castillo really say "Ship that fern" or "Shoot those birds" or "Hit those bums?"

What IS certain, however, is Castillo's last meal. Since Texas no longer allows special meal requests, he was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Juan Castillo had a chicken patty, mashed potatoes, country gravy, carrots, pinto beans, green beans, cornbread, and a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

This guy loves meat, no ifs ands or Butts

Robert Earl Butts Jr. was executed by the state of Georgia last night for the 1996 murder of an off-duty correctional officer. 

For his last meal, Butts ordered a mountain of meaty morsels; a hamburger with bacon and two kinds of cheese, a rib-eye steak, and chicken tenders, along with seasoned French fries, cheesecake, and strawberry lemonade to drink.

When asked for a final statement, Butts replied, "I've been drinking caffeine all day." It was an odd choice of words, and we wonder if Butts was hoping to negate the effects of the lethal injection drugs which would put him to sleep permanently. Once the procedure began, Butts added to his statement by muttering, "It burns, man."