In fact, he was executed shortly before 1:30 a.m. on September 12 (about two months shy of the 10th anniversary of the murders of his four children on November 30, 1997).

Here’s the pertinents … According to the reports, he was hyperventilating on his way in, but he walked in “with dignity” and he had not been sedated. (Is that an option? Seems to me they should have to face it, like they made their victims face it. But, whatever.) Crystal Holton, the mother of the children, did not attend the execution (nor did any of Holton’s family), but a victim’s advocate read a statement from her:

“Today, all the anger, hatred and a long time of nightmares can finally leave me,” the ex-wife’s statement read. “It will be replaced by all the sweet, innocent, wondrous love that only a child can give. And I am blessed that I have and always will have, that love times four.”In her statement, Crystal Holton also expressed sorrow for a “much loved” ex-mother-in-law.

“Marie has not only had to deal with the death of four grandchildren, but now is dealing with the death of her own son. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You will always be a mother figure for me. I still love and miss you very much.”

They asked Holton if he had any last words, and he said he did. “Um, yeah— two words: I do.” They put the hood over his head, and at 1:15 a.m. they gave him the first of two jolts. He was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m.

His ex-wife is a much better person than I am, I guess. I’m not certain I could have forgiven him even after death if he had taken all of my children from me.

State executes child killer Holton – USATODAY.com || Previously on The Original Musings: 9/10/0712/19/2005 || Kate blogs at The Original Musings.

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