Richard CobbConvicted murderer Richard Cobb never learned. The Texas man was killed via lethal injection Thursday night for abducting and killing a man, and abducting two women whom he shot and left for dead.
Now, typically, in a person's final hours of life, they come to grips with what they've done and try to make a last-ditch effort to absolve themselves of their wrongdoing. Not Cobb. Know what his final words were?
"Wow! That is great. That is awesome! Thank you, warden! Thank you f*cking warden!"
Right before Cobb's sarcastic outburst, it seemed, kind of, like he learned something. When asked what his last words were, he said: "Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end. Life is too short. I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that. Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That's it, warden." But in a pinch, Cobb turned "angry" and harbored feelings of hatred toward the warden, not heeding his message at all.
Nikki Daniels, who was raped and shot during Cobb's attack in 2002, but survived to testify against Cobb, witnessed the execution. She said, "I thought he was going to be remorseful, I thought he was going to be apologetic, was hoping that he was going to address me. I saw the same evil person I saw 11 years ago. He definitely showed his true colors."
I think we can all agree that what Cobb did was wrong -- and there was clearly something very wrong with him. But hearing his final words makes him seem all the more horrible. Usually, in a person's last moments, they accept their fate and make an effort to be a "good" person, hoping it will negate the awful things they've done in their life. It seems like only a truly evil, deeply angry human would say something like this at the very end. So, regardless of what your feelings on the death penalty are, I think it's safe to say that it's probably not a bad thing that the world is rid of him. I really don't think he'd ever change his ways.
What do you think of this?
Image via Texas Department of Criminal Justice
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