A killer who strangled two fellow prisoners in order to ensure his execution used his final moments while strapped in an electric chair to tell witnesses to ‘kiss my a**’ moments before he died at 9.08pm on Wednesday.
Robert Gleason Jr. uttered the vulgar phrase in Irish Gaelic, according to Larry Traylor, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections, while adding 'Put me on the highway going to Jackson and call my Irish buddies. … God bless,' before a leather strap was tightened over his face. The 42-year-old was first strapped to the wooded electric chair at his chest, arms and ankles, while seen occasionally smiling, winking and nodding at his spiritual adviser who sat in the witness area, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
He was the first executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose to die by electrocution since 2010.
He told The Associated Press he deserved to die for what he did. 'Why prolong it? The end result's gonna be the same,' Gleason said from death row in his thick Boston accent in one of numerous interviews he's given to The Associated Press over three years.
'The death part don't bother me. This has been a long time coming. It's called karma.'
Gleason claimed he's killed others – perhaps dozens more – but he has refused to provide details. He claims he's different from the other men on Virginia's death row for one important reason: he only kills criminals.
I can only wonder how his "spiritual advisor" counseled him.Posted by Jill Fallon at January 17, 2013 8:58 AM | Permalink