Victims’ Last Words
Below are the famous last words of victims of crime throughout history.
“Home to the palace to die…”
-Alexander II of Russia (His guards heard him utter this phrase when they found his maimed body under a seat from his carriage after he was attacked with bombs by anarchists in an assassination attempt. He lost his left leg and was taken home where he died hours after his wound.)
“Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Je ne l’ai pas fait exprès.” (Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.)
-Marie Antoinette (As she approached the guillotine, convicted of treason and about to be beheaded, she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner.)
“I curse you Corwin and all of Salem!”
-Giles Corey, while being crushed during the Salem witch trials because he would not answer the court. (The first line was said while being crushed during the Salem Witch Trials for refusing to answer the court. After long hours of pain, Corey then uttered the second quote and died.)
[To his chief of staff, David G. Swaim] Oh Swaim, there is a pain here. Swaim, can’t you stop this? Oh, oh, Swaim!
James A. Garfield, American President.
“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!”
–Joan of Arc (French national and later Roman Catholic saint who led the French army in the Hundred Years War. She was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431 by the English.)
“No, you certainly can’t.”
-John F. Kennedy (said in reply to Nellie Connally, wife of Governor John Connelly, commenting “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.” He was assassinated moments later.)
“Is everyone else all right?”
-Robert F. Kennedy (whispered to his wife directly after he was shot and seconds before he fell into a coma. He died in the early morning hours of the next day.)
“Be sure to play “Blessed Lord” tonight — play it real pretty.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
“Please — please don’t kill me — I don’t want to die. I just want to have my baby.”
-Sharon Tate. This is according to court testimony during the trial of Susan Atkins (aka Sadie Mae Glutz) by her former cellmate, Virginia Graham. Atkins responded, “Look, bitch, you might as well face it right now, you’re going to die, and I don’t feel a thing behind it.” Atkins was a follower of Charles Manson, who committed these crimes in hopes of inciting a race war he entitled “Helter Skelter.”
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