On Tuesday, three men on death row were executed in Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. These cold-blooded killers each had three very different stories. None of them are likely to be remembered as famous killers.

The most public of the three was the execution of Patrick Knight. He and his friend Robert Bradfield were convicted of killing his neighbors Walter and Mary Ann Werner in August 1991 in Amarillo, Texas. The two of them held the couple in their basement for a day before they bound, gagged, and blindfolded them, driving them to a remote location before shooting each one in the head. However, it wasn’t his crime that has gained him his publicity as much as his attitude towards his execution. Knight requested jokes be sent to him, and that he’d pick the best one to say right before his execution. He received over 1,300 jokes. However, on the night of his execution, he instead thanked God and his friends. He also named several innocent men on death row. His final words were, “I said I was going to tell a joke. Death has set me free. That’s the biggest joke. I deserve this. And the other joke is that I am not Patrick Bryan Knight and y’all can’t stop this execution now. Go ahead, I’m finished.”

He was pronounced dead nine minutes later at 6:21 p.m. A spokeswoman for the prison said that Knight was fingerprinted before he came to be executed to make sure that he is the right person. Whatever humor he had towards his death was diminished once he got to the execution room.

Another man who died yesterday was Jimmy Dale Bland who was terminally ill with cancer and given six months to live. His lawyer had called the execution “pointless”. Prosecutors argued that Bland’s health was no reason not to go through with the execution. The 49-year-old was convicted of killing 62-year-old Doyle Windle Rains at Rains’ house and hiding his body in a nearby field on November 14, 1996. He was driving Rains’ car at the time of his arrest. He was executed by lethal injection at 6:19 p.m.

The state of Georgia carried out its first execution in two years. John Hightower was killed by lethal injection for the murders of his wife Dorothy and her two daughters Evelyn and Sandra Reaves on July 12, 1987. After a meal of four fried pork chops,

collard greens with boiled okra and boiling meat, fried corn, fried fatback, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, lemonade, one pint of strawberry ice cream and three glazed doughnuts, he was pronounced dead at 7:59 p.m.

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/06/26/execution.joke.ap/index.html, http://off2dr.com/modules/extcal/event.php?event=157, and http://www.macon.com/198/story/75198.html.

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