Serial killers hold a certain fascination in the general public, partially due to their mysterious nature. For the average Joe, it’s hard to fathom how a person could bring themselves to kill one person, let alone dozens. That’s why people are often so fascinated with the lives, and deaths, of famous serial killers, especially their final words before they are executed. People are interested in discovering whether a serial killer’s last words hold any sort of answer or insight into their lives.
The last words of famous serial killers have a wide range of emotion. Some killers, when faced with their execution, offer their sincere apologies for the heinous crimes they committed. A few serial killers’ final words were filled with anger and resentment, while some even seemed indifferent to their situation. Some of the most interesting final words are the quizzically strange rantings of a crazy person, making them even more mystifying than before.
What are the last words of some of the most famous serial killers? The last words on this list come from the mouths of some of the most heinous, dangerous people in human history.
“I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
The exact number of women Ted Bundy kidnapped, killed, and raped in the 1970s is unknown, but some say the number is somewhere in the 100s. He was executed on January 24, 1989.
John Wayne Gacy
“Kiss my ass.”
John Wayne Gacy raped and killed at least 33 boys between 1972 and 1978, all while dressed like a psychotic clown. He was executed on May 10th, 1994.
“Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries.'”
James French has the distinction of being the last person to be executed in Oklahoma in 1966, after he killed his cellmate. He was executed via electric chair.
“I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day, with Jesus, June 6th. Like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.”
Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos killed seven men, with the excuse that each of them tried to rape her. She was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
“Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard. I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around.”
Carl Panzram killed at least 22 people and raped over 1,000 men. He was hanged on September 5th, 1930.
“Tell me. 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.”
Peter Kurten, AKA “The Vampire of Dusseldorf,” killed somewhere between 9 and 60 adults and children. He drank the blood of at least one of his victims, as well as raped and beat many more. He was executed by guillotine on July 2, 1931.
“I love you.”
Sean Flanagan murdered two gay men in Nevada, claiming he was doing “good for… society.” He was executed on June 23, 1989.
“I’ll be in Hell before you start breakfast, boys. Let her rip.”
Tom Ketchum was sometimes known as Black Jack. He was said to have killed many people, but was ultimately hanged for his part in a train robbery. He was executed on April 26, 1901.
H. H. Holmes
“Take your time. Don’t bungle it.”
Dr. H.H. Holmes was one of the first American serial killers. He confessed to 27 murders, some of which he took from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. He was executed May 7, 1896.
“You sons of bitches. Give love to Mother.”
Francis “Two Gun” Crowley went on a three month killing spree that ended in 1932 when he was sent to the electric chair.
James Allen Red Dog
“I’m going home, babe.”
James Allen Red Dog had been connected to at least five murders before he was executed in 1993.
“I don’t care if I live or die. Go ahead and kill me.”
Jeffrey Dahmer horrified people across the country when he was arrested for the rape and murder of 17 men. His crimes also included cannibalism and necrophilia between 1978 and 1991. He was beaten to death by a fellow inmate in prison on November 28, 1994.
“Such is life.”
Ned Kelly is often considered a folk hero in Australia, but his multiple murders earned his execution in 1880 via hanging.
“I don’t hold any grudges. This is my doing. Sorry it happened.”
Steven Judy killed a woman and her three children in 1979. On March 9, 1981 he was executed via electric chair.
Thomas J. Grasso
“I did not get my Spaghetti O’s. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”
Thomas J. Grasso killed two old women in order to steal a small amount of money. He was executed by lethal injection on March 20, 1995.
“I don’t even know why I’m here.”
Fish was a kidnapper, murderer and cannibal. In the 1920s, he claimed that he had killed at least 100 children.
John George Haigh
In a letter to his girlfriend, Barbara: “It is difficult to say farewell under these circumstances, but you will understand that you will always be in my thoughts. You know I have been proud of our association: it has always been an honourable one. I shall remember your great kindness and devotion. Now I must leave you.”
In the 1940s, Haigh killed six women and then dissolved their bodies in acid, earning him the name “the Acid Bath Killer”.
According to the Catholic priest who gave Hindley last rites, “The last conversation she had before she died concerned her mother. She just expressed concern for her mother – but I will not say exactly what she said.”
Hindley, with her lover Ian Brady shocked 1960s England when they killed five children; an event that became known as the Moors murders.
Keyes’ suicide note ended with this chilling line: ‘Okay, talk is over, words are placid and weak. Back it with action or it all comes off cheap. Watch close while I work now, feel the electric shock of my touch, open your trembling flower, or your petals I’ll crush.’
In the late 1990s and early 200s, Keyes traveled around the country seeking out victims, killing between three and eight people.
“I have nothing to say.”
Dyer is believed to have killed 400 children during a 20 year period in Victorian England.
“I am innocent. I stand innocent before God and man. I forgive those who have wronged me and ask forgiveness of those I have injured. God have mercy!”
During a two year period in the mid 1920s, Nelson killed 22 women, most of whom were landladies he approached about rooms they wanted to rent.
“I would suggest that when a person has a thought of doing anything serious against the law, that before they did that they should go to a quiet place and think about it seriously.”
From 1979 to 1980, Bonin killed between 20 and 36 young men and boys in southern California. His habit of dumping the bodies near freeways earned him the nickname Freeway Killer.
Angel Maturino Resendiz
“I want to ask if it is in your heart to forgive me. You don’t have to. I know I allowed the Devil to rule my life. I just ask you to forgive me and ask the Lord to forgive me for allowing the devil to deceive me. I thank God for having patience in me. I don’t deserve to cause you pain. You do not deserve this. I deserve what I am getting.”
Reséndiz was a Mexican native who committed 15 murders in the U. S. He became known as the Railway Killer because he left his victim’s bodies near railroad tracks.
Donald Henry Gaskins
“I’ll let my lawyers talk for me. I’m ready to go.”
Known as the Meanest Man in America, Gaskin killed at least 100 people, most of them hitchhikers, during a nearly 30 year period stretching from the 1950s to 1980s.
“Turn up the radio and I’ll go quietly”
Manuel was an American born Scotish serial killer who is believe to have killed between 9 and 18 people during the 1950s.
“It’s all right.”
Cole killed 16 people between 1945 and 1980, possibly committing acts of cannibalism on some of his victims.
“Gentleman, I have one last piece of advise: Look away. This will not be pretty to see.”
Petiot was a French doctor who killed around 60 people between the 1920s and 1940s. He was only found out when the remains of 23 of his victims were found in his Parisian home during World War II.
Raymond Fernandez & Martha Beck
“I wanna shout it out; I love Martha! What do the public know about love?” – Raymond Fernandez
“My story is a love story. But only those tortured by love can know what I mean […] Imprisonment in the Death House has only strengthened my feeling for Raymond….” – Martha Beck.
In the 1940s, Fernandez and Beck would place personal ads in newspapers with the intent of extorting money from the women who replied to the personals. The couple killed three of their extortion victims and are believed to have killed at least 20.
“I am ready to be released. Release me.”
After his death sentence for a 1966 triple-murder was commuted in 1989, McDuff killed three days after his release from prison and then killed ten additional people before being arrested in 1992.
“I repent, but I do not fear death.”
This German killer, active in the years following World War I became known as the Vampire of Hannover because he would bite through his victims’ throats. After he was executed in 1925, hs head was preserved so scientists could study his brain.