The New York Review of Books, a review by Charles Simic of Last Words collected by Robert Elder in his new book Last Words of the Executed.
“Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something,” Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa worried in his dying moments.
“When I die, bury me deep, lay two speakers at my feet, put some headphones on my head and rock and roll me when I’m dead.” (Douglas Roberts, convicted of kidnapping, robbery and murder in Texas and executed on April 20, 2005.)
What time is it? I wish you’d hurry up, I want to get to hell in time for dinner.” (John Owens (AKA Bill Booth), executed for murder in Wyoming on March 5, 1886).