Roberto Ramos was executed tonight by the state of Texas. Ramos earned his death sentence in a particularly gruesome way; by bludgeoning his wife and two children, ages 3 and 7, with a sledgehammer before burying them beneath the floor of his bathroom. Three days after the murders, Ramos married a woman he had been having an affair with and moved her into the home where his family was buried.
When asked if he had any last words, Ramos responded as if
he were at a retirement party instead of an execution. “I’m getting my gold
watch that it took the governor 30 years to forge,” he said. “Thank you, God.
Lord, send me a chariot. I’m ready.”
Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests,
Ramos was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Roberto
Ramos had pepper steak, steamed rice, mixed greens, pinto beans, sliced bread,
oven-fried potatoes, country gravy with sausage, mixed fruit, biscuits, and a
choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.