Some of history’s most famous criminals: serial killers. You already know their names, perhaps even their faces and cases…but do you know what the last words out of their mouths were? Their final messages for this world, before they were ushered out of it quite firmly? Let’s look at the haunting last words of history’s most famous serial killers.
#1) Timothy McVeigh: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”
The man responsible for the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, Timothy McVeigh, was executed by lethal injection in 2001. For his last words, he chose the Latin poem “Invictus”, ending with these haunting lines. The bomb he detonated killed 168 people.
#2) Aileen Wuornos, “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus June 6. Like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.”
America’s most famous female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos killed at least 6 men while working as a prostitute in Florida. Her last words before her execution in 2002 were rather strange.
#3) Jeffrey Dahmer, “I don’t care if I live or die. Go ahead and kill me.”
Having murdered at least 17 people, Dahmer deserves the title of the world’s most prolific serial killer. The necrophiliac cannibal had all but given up prior to his execution, and his final words reflect that.
#4) Peter Kürten, “after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures.”
The Vampire of Dusseldorf, a German serial killer who was called the “king of sexual perverts”. He was eventually executed in 1931 and creeped us all out with those chilling last words.
#5) James French, “How’s this for a headline? ‘French Fries.’”
This 1960s funny boy faced a life sentence for murdering a motorist. Too afraid to commit suicide, French opted instead to murder his cellmate and thus earn himself the death penalty. One can only assume that he went out laughing.
#6) John Wayne Gacy, “Kiss my ass.”
The Killer Clown, Gacy’s face is forever burned into our memory. And, after raping and murdering at least 33 men and boys, he went out defiant and vulgar, leaving us with nothing but a vague sense of unease and a fear of clowns.
#7) Amelia Dyer, “I have nothing to say.”
If there is a Hell, I guarantee you that you’ll bump into the Ogress of Reading there. Her last words may be plain and normal, but her exploits were anything but. Executed for baby farming and the killing of somewhere between 200 to 400 babies, I’m just glad she’s not around anymore.
#8) George Appel, “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”
Yet another jokester, this convicted cop killer went out laughing. And, presumably, bucking and heaving in the electric chair, where one hopes he was thoroughly baked.
#9) Clarence Lackey, “I love you, mom.”
Convicted for abducting, raping and slashing the throat of a 20 year old woman, Clarence Lackey was sentenced to die in his second trial. His last words passed on his love to his mother, poor woman.
#10) Gary Burris, “Beam me up.”
Found guilty of murdering a cab driver by shooting him point blank in the head, Gary Burris was executed by lethal injection. His last words were, perhaps, those of a man desperate to remain relevant. Or maybe he was just a Star Trek fan.