Goodbye Warden

The last words from executed death row inmates

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Forrest McKinney
Forrest McKinneyMaker@forrestmck · Designer/Photographer
Hey everyone! First of all, big thanks to Ryan Hoover for submitting this to Product Hunt, it's great to see that people find this site intriguing. I'm very new to the world of web design, and initially this was just a personal project I started, largely as an excuse to play around with JSON, but also because I found these quotes to be intriguing, heart breaking, uplifting, and thought provoking. The most common question I get is "why don't you include their last names and the crimes they committed?" For me, the morbid curiosity of crime and punishment isn't what this site is about. More interesting than that, in my opinion, is the state of the human mind moments before certain, unavoidable death. Anyway, with that uplifting thought, I hope you enjoy the site, and if you have any recommendations for future updates, feel free to let me know! I'm on Twitter at @forrestmck or, if you have any humor left after reading 523 quotes of dying inmates, I have a political satire account @GOPSci. Cheers
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
These final words are saddening/fascinating/thought-provoking. Some of them choked me up, like this one: According to the word cloud, the most commonly used words were love, know, family, thank, and sorry.
Mitch
Mitch@sleumasm · Creator of ineedaresu.me
It's weird reading these. It seems like there are three kinds of people here. Crazy people who have zero regrets for their crimes and are excited to die, those who are still saying they're innocent yet have accepted the fact they they are going to be killed, and those who know what they did was wrong, regret it, and are sad about dying.
Roberto Scaccia
Roberto Scaccia@robertoscaccia · entrepreneur | mentor | designer
@forrestmck reading through these short quotes I find myself lost thinking about the untold that lies in between lines, how dramatic and inhuman it should be for all these people to condense in a few words their last desires, the love for their families and the guilt or regret for what they have/have not done. For some reasons it reminds me The Spoon River Anthology. Have you thought about a paperback version?
Forrest McKinney
Forrest McKinneyMaker@forrestmck · Designer/Photographer
@robertoscaccia Beautifully, beautifully put, and I couldn't agree more. I can definitely see a connection with Spoon River, especially this poem: http://bit.ly/1yw4JOt And yes, I'd like to start working on a paperback adaptation. There's an artist named Carol Jackson who did an illustration series of final words (http://bit.ly/1GLfIq1). In an ideal world, I'd love to somehow partner with her or someone similar on the project.
Roberto Scaccia
Roberto Scaccia@robertoscaccia · entrepreneur | mentor | designer
@forrestmck I like the idea of collaborating with artists! they can help your imagination fill that "in between lines" - happy to facilitate the introduction to Italian artist Lorena Maiura, she did an amazing job illustrating some of the characters from the Anthology http://cargocollective.com/loren... - suggestion: maybe a kickstarter project? and donate a % of the proceeds to a .org that promotes art / creativity among the prison population.
Shlomo Fellig
Shlomo Fellig@shlomofellig · Founder, Outgrow.me
As a current law student studying criminal law, these really made me shiver.