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Last words from death row

Some have lots to say, others are silent. Some ask forgiveness, while others proclaim their innocence, or confess their guilt. Last night in Georgia, Marcus Wellons asked for forgiveness from the victim’s family and said, “I’m going home to be with Jesus”. In Missouri, John Winfield said nothing. A look at the last words of death row inmates.

Slideshow: Last Meals Before Execution

Death row inmates are allowed a special last meal request before execution. Here’s what some of them ordered.

Slideshow: Women executed in America

Though it’s unusual for a woman to be sentenced to death and even more unusual for execution to be carried out on a woman, it does happen. Fifteen women who have been sentenced to death and executed in the United States, from 1955 to 2010.

Slideshow: Women executed in America

Fifteen women who have been sentenced to death and executed in the United States, from 1955 to 2010. After yesterday’s verdict, the nation wants to know: Will Jodi Arias be joining their ranks?

Debra Milke: Death Row Debbie No Longer?

Debra Jean Milke spent 22 years on death row after being implicated in the murder of her 4-year-old son. Now she’s being freed on a $250k bond pending a retrial, thanks to a belated reconsideration of the record, ethics and honesty of the detective who served as the lead witness in her trial. But did she kill her kid, or not?

When a Condemned Criminal Chooses His Own Death

There aren’t many decisions that a death row inmate can make. In some cases, however, a condemned criminal is allowed to make the ultimate choice: how he will die.

Former Youngest Death Row Inmate Freed

At 16 years old, Paula Cooper became the youngest person on death row in America. She, along with three other teenage girls, was convicted of killing 78-year-old bible study teacher Ruth Pelke in 1985.

Double Jeopardy: The Case of Master Sergeant Timothy Hennis

When Kathryn Eastburn and her daughters were brutally murdered just before Mother’s Day 1985 police quickly closed in on suspect Master Sergeant Timothy Hennis. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Later he was acquitted, only to be convicted and sentenced to death again, this time by a military tribunal, in this controversial case.

Death Row Diary Details Condemned Inmate’s Final Days

William Van Poyck’s execution is days away and there’s little chance for a stay. Throughout his 25 years on death row, he’s been writing to his sister Lisa, who has dutifully documented his letters on a blog. Read the condemned prisoner’s impressions of life on death row and his thoughts as his final day on earth approaches.

Today in Crime History: Father and Daughter Murdered by Anti-Immigrant Vigilantes

On May 30, 2009, Raul Flores Jr. and his daughter Brisenia Flores were murdered in their home by members of the anti-immigrant Minute Man movement. Wife and mother Gina Gonzalez survived the attack. All three were U.S. citizens.

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