What Were The Last Words Of 10 Notorious Killers?

John Wayne Gacy mug shot [Des Plaines Police Department]

No matter how depraved a criminal is, or how little mercy was shown to victims, there’s always that dramatic last opportunity before execution to ask for forgiveness, pray to a deity, or say good-bye to loved ones. But what some of them choose to say may surprise you!

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Here, CrimeFeed has rounded up the famous last words of 10 of the worst killers and criminals the world has ever known.

Donn Dughi / State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, via Wikimedia Commons

Ted Bundy in court [Donn Dughi / State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, via Wikimedia Commons]

10. Ted Bundy

Responsible for kidnapping, raping, and killing more than 100 victims.

“I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”

Related: Crime History: Ted Bundy Dies Weeping In The Electric Chair; Crowds Cheer

Peter Kürten [Wikimedia Commons]

Peter Kürten [Wikimedia Commons]

9. Peter Kürten AKA The Vampire of Dusseldorf

Convicted of killing nine people and drinking their blood.

“After my head has been 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 a pleasure to end all pleasures.”

Related: Peter Kürten, “The Vampire Of Dusseldorf,” Was Beheaded For Bestiality, Rape, Murder

Andrei Chikatilo [Fair use/Wikipedia]

Andrei Chikatilo [Fair use/Wikipedia]

8. Andrei Chikatilo

Sexually molested and killed 52 women and children.

“Don’t blow my brains out! The Japanese want to buy them!”

Aileen Wuornos [Florida Department of Corrections]

Aileen Wuornos [Florida Department of Corrections]

7. Aileen Wuornos

Killed six men while working as a prostitute.

“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.”

Related: Crime History: The Execution Of Aileen Wuornos, “America’s First Female Serial Killer”

James D. French mug shot

James D. French mug shot

6. James D. French

Killed cellmate to get death penalty, originally behind bars for murder and kidnapping.

“Hey fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries’!”

Carl Panzram mug shot [Wikipedia]

Carl Panzram mug shot [Wikipedia]

5. Carl Panzram

Killed at least 21 victims and raped over 1,000 men.

“Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard, I could kill 10 men while you’re fooling around.”

Related: Hate, Rape & Homicidal Rage: Serial Killer Carl Panzram, Who Stole The President’s Gun

"Black" Jack Ketchum about to be hung, April 26, 1901 [Wikipedia]

Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum about to be hung, April 26, 1901 [Wikipedia]

4. Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum

The number of killings is unclear, but he eventually was hanged for his role in a train robbery.

“I’ll be in Hell before you start breakfast, boys. Let her rip.”

Israel Keyes Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ FBI

Israel Keyes [Wikimedia Commons/FBI]

3. Israel Keyes

Allegedly killed eight people before his death.

“… open your trembling flowers, or your petals I’ll crush.”

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Ángel Reséndiz [FBI]

Ángel Reséndiz [FBI]

2. Ángel Reséndiz AKA The Railroad Killer

Confessed to killing nine victims, responsible for up to 15 murders.

“… I know I allowed the Devil to rule my life … I deserve what I am getting.”

John Wayne Gacy mug shot [Des Plaines Police Department]

John Wayne Gacy mug shot [Des Plaines Police Department]

1. John Wayne Gacy

Killed 33 boys and young men.

“Kiss my ass!”

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Main photo: John Wayne Gacy mug shot [Des Plaines Police Department]

  • Martha Bartha

    I won’t do it again.