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Did You Know? Nike’s Slogan Was Inspired by a Notorious Killer’s Last Words

In January 1977, Gary Gilmore became the first person executed in America since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. His desire to die brought him significant attention and earned him a place in pop culture history.

Today in Crime History: Gary Gilmore is Executed

After an evening with some whiskey smuggled for him into the prison and a special phone call from Johnny Cash, famous inmate Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad on January 17, 1977.

Today in Crime History: Westley Allan Dodd is Hanged

On January 5, 1993, child rapist and killer Dodd became the first inmate legally executed by hanging in the U.S. since 1965. His last words were, "I was once asked by somebody, I don’t remember who, if there was any way sex offenders could be stopped. I said, ‘No.’ I was wrong."

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