At this point, 500 people have been executed in Texas since 1982 when the state put the death penalty back into place as an acceptable means of punishment. So recently, the New York Times put together a long list of the "Last Words of the Condemned." The list includes the last words spoken by a number of different people who were executed in Texas over the course of the last 30 years.
If you get a minute to check them out over here, they're pretty interesting. Even though just about everyone on the list committed a horrible act, their last words help put them and their lives into the proper perspective and humanize them a bit. It's also crazy to see what some people talk about in their final minutes on Earth.
For example, take Jesse Hernandez. He was executed in 2012 after being found guilty of killing an 11-month-old boy with a flashlight. And he offered up these last words prior to his death.
"Tell my son I love him very much," he said. "God bless everybody. Continue to walk with God. Go Cowboys! Love ya'll man. Don't forget the T-ball. Ms. Mary, thank you for everything that you've done. You too, Brad, thank you. I can feel it, taste it, not bad."
Let's break those last words down. Telling your son you love him? Cool. Praising God? Cool. Shouting out a couple of people who helped you along in life? Cool. But…Go Cowboys? Go Cowboys? GO COWBOYS? We understand that Texans looooooove their football. But wow, WTF? That just blows our minds.
[via New York Times]