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The Last Words Spoken by John Spenkelink Before Being Executed

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Convicted murderer John Spenkelink's final words before being executed in the electric chair in Florida on May 25, 1979, were --

"Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment."

John Spenkelink was a drifter convicted of killing a traveling companion, which he claimed was done in self defense. He was also the first man put to be put to death in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

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