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Death Row Inmate Billy Jack Crutsinger Delivers Final Words Before Lethal Injection

Death Row Inmate Billy Jack Crutsinger Delivers Final Words Before Lethal Injection

A death row inmate convicted of killing an elderly woman and her daughter has been executed by lethal injection, and his last words were extremely odd to say the least.

Billy Jack Crutsinger has been on death row for 16 years after butchering Pearl Magouirk, 89, and Patricia Syren, 71, in their own home during a frenzied and brutal attack.

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The women's bodies went missing for two days after the stabbing, before DNA swabbings managed to link Crutsinger to the attack in Fort Worth, Texas in 2003.

Billy Jack Crutsinger. Credit: PA
Billy Jack Crutsinger. Credit: PA

Now 64-year old Crutsinger has become the fifth person to be executed by the state of Texas this year and the fourteenth person to be executed in the country.

In his final statement before death, Crutsinger uttered the following words:

"Hi ladies, I wanted to tell ya'll how much I love you.

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"Thank you for being here for me. You have brought pleasure into my life in the short time I lived and known y'all. Y'all are very special not just to me but to the unit.

"There are so many lives that y'all have touched over there that y'all don't even know about that guys talk about in the back. I am at peace now with and going to be with Jesus and my family.

"I am going to miss those pancakes and those old time black and white shows. Where I am going everything will be in colour.

"There is a lot of this I don't understand but the system is not completely right. It's not completely wrong but it is something that has to be done until something better comes along.

"But I am at peace with that and I am OK and I can live with that. The 15 or 16 years that I have been on death row I have never had a case - that doesn't mean that I am a good guy or nothing. I have the Lord in my heart and he has given me peace, I will be honest with you.

"I am going to go tell your mother - and David, I am glad you made it and you didn't pass out on the line. OK warden, I am ready."

Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. Credit: Nick DiFonzo (Creative Commons)
Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. Credit: Nick DiFonzo (Creative Commons)

Prosecutor Michele Hartman said that the victims' deaths are 'still deeply felt by their family and the Fort Worth community'.

Crutsinger and his attorney had appealed repeatedly for a stay of execution but a petition was denied by the Supreme Court on 4 September.

Featured Image Credit: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

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