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The Last Words Spoken by Barbara Graham Before Being Executed


Barbara Graham

Barbara Graham

Convicted murderer Barbara Graham's final words before being executed in the gas chamber in St. Quentin were --

"Good people are always so sure they're right."

Barbara Graham (dubed "Bloody Babs" by the press) was a prostitute, drug addict and a murderess who was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin in 1955 along with two accomplices. Graham beat an elderly woman to death when a robbery went bad.

When she was strapped into the gas chamber by Joe Feretti, the man in charge of her execution, he told her, "Now take a deep breath and it won't bother you" to which she responded, "How would you know?"

After Graham's death her life story was made into a movie called, "I Want to Live!" and starred Susan Hayward, who later won an Academy Award for playing Graham in the film.

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