Fritz Haarmann was beheaded by guillotine on April 15, 1925. His last words before he was beheaded were: “I repent, but I do not fear death.”
Gordon Northcott was executed by hanging on October 2, 1930 when he was 23.
John George Haigh was led to the gallows and hanged by executioner Albert Pierrepoint on 10 August 1949.
Charles Starkweather was executed by electric chair at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska, at 12:04 a.m. on June 25, 1959.
Ted Bundy died in the Raiford electric chair at 7:16 a.m. EST on January 24, 1989. An estimated 2,000 revelers sang, danced, and set off fireworks in a pasture across the street from the prison as the execution was carried out, and then cheered loudly as the white hearse containing Bundy’s body departed the prison.
Westley Allan Dodd was executed by hanging at 12:05 a.m. on January 5, 1993 at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. By Washington State law, Dodd had to choose the method of his execution, and state law gave Dodd two options: lethal injection or hanging. Dodd chose hanging, later stating in interviews that he chose that method “because that’s the way Lee Iseli [his final victim] died.” He also requested that his hanging be televised, but that request was denied.
On 14 February 1994, Andrei Chikatilo was taken from his death row cell to a soundproofed room in Novocherkassk prison and executed with a single gunshot behind the right ear.
In the hours leading up to John Wayne Gacy’s execution, a crowd estimated to number over 1,000 gathered outside the correctional center to observe the execution, the majority of whom were vocally in favor of the execution, although a number of anti-death penalty protesters were also present. Of those in favor of the execution, some wore T-shirts hearkening to Gacy’s previous community services as a clown and bearing satirical slogans such as “No tears for the clown.” It is reported that his final spoken words were simply, “Kiss my ass.” His death was confirmed at 12:58 a.m. on May 10, 1994.
William Bonin was executed February 23, 1996, 16 years after his arrest, by lethal injection inside the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison. Bonin was the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the history of California. In a final interview given to a local radio station less than 24 hours before he was executed, Bonin claimed he had “made peace” with the fact he was about to die. When asked whether there was anything he had to say to the families of his victims, Bonin simply stated: “They feel my death will bring closure, but that’s not the case. They’re going to find out.”
Gary Heidnik was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999, at State Correctional Institution – Rockview in Centre County, Pennsylvania. His body was later cremated. As of 2014, he is the last person to be executed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection at 7:14 a.m. on June 11, 2001, at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, the first federal prisoner to be executed by the United States federal government since Victor Feguer was executed in Iowa on March 15, 1963. He requested two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream for his last meal.
Aileen Wuornos was brought into the death chamber on October 9, 2002. For Aileen Wuornos’ last meal, she requested a “single cup of black coffee,” not KFC as was once reported. Her last words before the execution were, “Yes, I would just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back, like Independence Day with Jesus. June 6, like the movie. Big mother ship and all, I’ll be back, I’ll be back.”
John Allan Muhammad was executed by lethal injection on November 10, 2009, at 9:06 p.m. EST at the Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, Virginia, and was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m. EST. Muhammad declined to make a final statement.
Joseph Paul Franklin was executed at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri on November 20, 2013. The execution began at 6:07 AM CST and he was pronounced dead at 6:17 AM CST. His execution was the first lethal injection in Missouri to use pentobarbital alone instead of the conventional three drug cocktail.
On January 3, 2014, a Del Rio judge set Tommy Lynn Sells’ execution date for April 3, 2014. Sells’ death sentence was carried out at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville. When asked if he would like to make a final statement, Sells replied “No.” As a lethal dose of pentobarbital was administered, he took a few deep breaths, closed his eyes and began to snore. Less than a minute later, he stopped moving. Thirteen minutes later, at 6:27 p.m. (CDT), he was pronounced dead.