Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 11:48 AM
Subject: FW: 'Witticisms' Of 9 Condemned Criminals
1. GEORGE APPEL (electrocuted in 1928)
As he was being strapped into the electric chair Appel quipped, 'Well, folks, you'll soon see a baked Appel.'
2. JESSE WALTER BISHOP (gassed in 1979)
The last man to die in
3. GUY CLARK (hanged in 1832)
On the way to the gallows the sheriff told
4. JAMES DONALD FRENCH (electrocuted in 1966)
Turning to a newsman on his way to the electric chair, French helpfully suggested, 'I have a terrific headline for you in the morning. "French Fries".'
The last person to die in the gas chamber at San Quentin, Harris issued a final statement through the prison warden that stated, 'You can be a king or a street-sweeper, but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.' The quote was inspired by a line from the film Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
6. WILLIAM PALMER (hanged in 1856)
As he stepped onto the gallows Palmer looked at the trapdoor and exclaimed, 'Are you sure it's safe?'
7. SIR WALTER RALEIGH (beheaded in 1618)
Feeling the edge of the axe soon to be used on him,
8. JAMES W. RODGERS (shot in 1960)
Asked if he had a last request, Rodgers stated, 'Why yes - a bulletproof vest.'
9. FREDERICK CHARLES WOOD (electrocuted in 1963)
Sitting down in the electric chair Wood said, 'Gentlemen, you are about to see the effects of electricity upon wood.'