Saturday, April 29, 2006

April 26, 2006

...The case lay dormant for almost 12 years without leads.....

Last meal: Mack had a final meal request of a fish fillet sandwich, french fries and a lemon-lime soft drink.

The skinny: Mack, 47, was executed for the rape and murder of a Reno woman.

Mack was the first Nevada convict to be executed based solely on DNA evidence.

More skinny: The victim was found dead in her basement room at a boarding house in Reno.

Her neighbor had been drinking at a nearby bar that night went to the victim's home to try to borrow some money. He knocked on her door, which was slightly open, but there was no response. He opened the door and saw the woman kneeling by her bed with her upper body facedown on the bed. He turned her over and realized that she was dead.

He immediately went home and told the landlords, and the police were called. Fingernail scrapings and evidentiary swabs from the vagina and left foot were collected. The swabs tested positive for semen. The autopsy showed that she was beaten and manually strangled to death. She had also suffered a forceful traumatic sexual penetration not long before her death. The case lay dormant for almost 12 years without leads.

In 1999 DNA testing of the evidence was requested and compared to a blood sample from Mack taken in 1994, when he was charged and convicted of strangling a prostitute, Kim Parks. (Mack was Park's pimp) While Mack was serving a life without parole sentence for that murder, DNA testing showed that the semen taken from the victim's body and the blood stains on her blouse matched Mack. The blood and tissue found under her fingertips was consistent with Mack's DNA. Mack waived jury trial and was found guilty by the court and sentenced to death by a three judge panel. The only evidence presented at trial connecting Mack to the murder was the DNA evidence.

Leading up to: Mack, who refused to give any interviews while awaiting execution, had said in court statements that he'd rather be executed than spend the rest of his life locked up on death row - even though he claimed he didn't strangle the woman.

Mack, who converted to Islam while in prison, also spent time reading the Quran in his final hours.

No one from Mack's family came outside after the execution. Mack's brother was at the prison. Mack had refused to see him

Last words and such: "Allah is great, Allah is great," Mack said before the lethal drugs took effect.

For the first time, the entire execution procedure, from the documents detailing the drugs used to the viewing of the intravenous lines being inserted into the inmate's arms, were open to the public. The corrections department released its execution protocol and allowed the blinds to be open after the Reno Gazette-Journal filed lawsuits in state and federal court requesting the changes.

Factoids: Mack was the....

15th murderer executed in U.S. in 2006
1019th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
1st murderer executed in Nevada in 2006
12th murderer executed in Nevada since 1976

The execution was the state's 12th - and the first of a black convict - since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. Mack was the 11th of those executed to voluntarily give up available appeals.

Sunday, April 23, 2006


I'd have a half-rack of spare ribs, BBQ sauce on the side, a Double-Whopper from Burger King, a bowl each of my mom's potato and noodle salad, a container of Sour Cream and Onion Pringles and three bottles of ice-cold Diet Dr. Pepper. For dessert, a pint of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, partially softened (nothing worse than rock-hard ice cream) with a slice of chocolate cake.

Mckeesport, Pennsylvania

I think your site is killer. (No pun intended) lol...These people actually get to pick their last meal....They are not dying of Disease,accidents,Health Problems etc. etc....It brings up the question, "What would I eat if I had a Choice"
Anyway thumbs up to your web site. For the haters I say it's just like TV....If you don't like it, don't watch.......Later, Kyle

my last meal: You better put this on the website

name: Eric Hubert aka hubes
West Chester Pa

30 dill pickles- no garlic
2 warm rolls with country crock spread
2 peices of plain cheese cake
2 double cheeseburgers
1 large BK fries
1 chicken ceasar salad from henderson high school
2 propel melon flavor drinks
1 candy necklace
1 bad choclate covered pretzels
10 chicken taquitos
1 carton pork fried rice
1 raw cucumber
potatoe jaunts from shady maple
devils food chocolaye cov ered donuts
skim milk
chocolate milk
chick-fil-a fries and chicken nuggets
1 circle jaunt from tacobell- as in the "it's good to go" commercial
one big bucking chicken from BK

thats it thanks

"Art K. from parts unknown...

Bring me a pot of strong Folgers coffee. "Hot as Hell, Black as Night."
Next a Duncan Heinz Chocolate Cake. Moist, no icing.
A 1/3 lb Hamburger fried on a griddle (lean, well done on a sourdough
bun) Just the meat and bread. Please.
A plate of Steak Fries. Soft on the inside crisp on the outside, no
A jar of sliced Jalapeno Peppers.
A bottle of Durkees Hot Sauce. 16oz.
A bottle of Heinz Catsup. 16 oz.
A jar of French's Mustard. 16 oz.
Salt and Pepper.
A 16 oz bottle of CocaCola bottled in Mexico. Room temp.
$5.00 to tip the waitress.
Good bye.

would be:
a pound each of RAW fish, salmon, tuna, mackerel, yellowtail, Ikura (salmon eggs), toro. Broiled lobster tail, scallops, calamari, crab all swimming in butter. Raw oysters, mussels, clams. And water.
then i am already in 'heaven'

marsha v.

Paul M. from parts unknown...

A bowl of manhattan clam chowder, 1/2 dozen oysters, breaded and fried with tartar sauce. Sirloin steak, medium rare, and two lobster tails, steamed and served with drawn butter. Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and 2 ears of peaches and cream corn on the cob topped with butter. One can of asparagus tips, heated and served on toast. A banana split and a nanaimo bar. 2 cans of coca cola. MMMMMMMMM! good bye cruel world!!

If I'm getting the gas, they're gonna have to pay for it! My menu consists of 25 steamed Maine lobster tails in clarified butter with garlic sauce. Maybe as a set-up I'd include 10 chili dogs with "New Castle Chili Sauce", onions and cheese....the best on the planet!

Andy from Mercer, PA

April 21, 2006 you ever noticed how many Jrs. are executed? first execution to use brain,....well...that's it....

Last Meal: Brown’s last meal was a well-done T-bone steak, rice, four rolls with butter and a piece German chocolate cake.

The skinny: Brown was executed for the murder of a woman during a robbery of a Zip Mart.

More skinny: The woman was taken from the store and found the same day as the robbery lying facedown along a logging road after being shot six times.

Brown, who maintained his innocence, was convicted of murder and armed robbery.

Legal Machinations: Brown’s execution was the first to include the use of a brainwave monitor to measure an inmate’s level of consciousness during an execution. The state used the monitor, at the request of federal Judge Malcolm Howard, to ensure Brown would not experience pain during his execution. Howard had threatened to halt the execution if the state didn't convince him that Brown could be sedated if he shows signs of awakening, but allowed the execution after the state purchased the monitor.

Experts had criticized the state's proposal because it requires medical professionals to participate in executions in violation of their professional ethics and their roles as caregivers.

Last words and such: Brown did not make a last statement.

After execution witnesses were seated, a white curtain used to block their view of Brown was opened about 1:50 a.m. After the curtain was drawn, Brown looked at his brother and sister through the window separating him from them.

Brown’s sister mouthed, “I love you,” and Brown nodded, indicating he understood her.

Just before 2 a.m., Brown turned to his sister and mouthed what appeared to be, “I love you.”

A curtain on the other side of Brown kept hidden from view a doctor and nurse who were required to be present for the execution.

Factoids: Brown was the....

14th murderer executed in U.S. in 2006
1018th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
3rd murderer executed in North Carolina in 2006
42st murderer executed in North Carolina since 1976

At Central Prison, about 40 people protested and eight were arrested on trespassing charges.

April 18, 2005

...Oklahoma's first of '06....

Last Meal: For his final meal, Thornburg requested a chicken dinner, potato wedges, apple pie and a Pepsi from Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The skinny: Thornburg was executed for killing three people in 1996. Thornburg and two accomplices shot the men after trying to collect a drug debt. One of Thornburg's accomplices faces execution, while the other is serving a life sentence.

More skinny: Thornburg had been shot about a month earlier, and believed one of the victims was responsible. The three killings occurred at the house of one of the victims, about 50 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The house was also set on fire.

The defendants held a fourth man, at gunpoint and forced him to shoot another man, who survived his wounds.

"Although he was shot in the chest, fortunately for us, the man managed to crawl out of the burning home and survived," said Grady County Assistant District Attorney Bret Burns, who prosecuted Thornburg. "If he hadn't survived, nobody would have believed this story."

Last words and such: While strapped to a gurney, Thornburg apologized.

"I just want to say I'm sorry for all the pain I've caused," Thornburg said. "I'm truly ashamed of my actions. I wish it could have been me. I'm sorry. I wish I could take it all back."

Some of his family wept as he strained to lift his head and look at them.

Factoids: Thornburg was the...

13th murderer executed in U.S. in 2006
1017th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
1st murderer executed in Oklahoma in 2006
80th murderer executed in Oklahoma since 1976

Oklahoma has executed 159 men and three women at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary since 1915. There are currently 90 men and one woman awaiting death sentences in Oklahoma.

We have never a seen an obit in a newspaper for an executed inmate....until now...


Richard Alford Thornburg, Jr., 40, Lindsay, Oklahoma, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2006 in McAlester, OK.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, April 20, 2006, in the Bradley Cemetery, with Rev. Jerry Auld officiating. Services are under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow, Oklahoma.

Richard was born Friday, July 2, 1965 in Oklahoma City, OK to Richard Alfred Thornburg, Sr. and the late Sharon Marie (Anderson) Thornburg. Richard attended school at Alex. He lived in Lindsay most of his life. He married Ronda Childers on July 25, 1984 in Bradley, Oklahoma. He enjoyed fishing, volleyball, motorcycle riding and cookouts. Richard was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include, two sons, Richard A. Thornburg III of Lindsay OK; Brandon D. Thornburg of Lindsay, OK; a granddaughter; Father, Richard Thornburg, Sr. & wife Jean (Farmer) of Marlow, OK; Brother Roy L. Thornburg & wife Rhonda of Bradley, OK; Sister, Barbara J. Johnson & husband Tracey of Alex, OK; Ronda Thornburg Sanders of Lindsay, OK; Several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Mother, Grandparents, Dorothy & Peanut Thornburg and Frankie & Marvin Thompson.

Pallbearers will be Terry Mainka, Berry Stapp, Rodney Nye, Joey Johnson, Harold Prince and Roddy Childers.

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