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Westley Allen Dodd - Child Serial Killer and Child Molester

When You Meet a Stranger...


No Appeals

Dodd refused to appeal his death penalty and chose hanging as the method of execution, claiming he wanted to experience what Lee Iseli had experienced. He told the court, "I must be executed before I have an opportunity to escape or kill someone within the prison. If I do escape, I promise you I will kill and rape and enjoy every minute of it."

When You Meet a Stranger

His date of execution was set for January 5, 1993. He received a lot of attention, because no legal hanging had been done in the U.S. since 1965.

Dodd enjoyed telling his story to the media and he wrote a pamphlet on how to avoid child molesters entitled "When You Meet a Stranger."

During the months before his execution, Dodds seemingly turned to the Bible for comfort. During one of his interviews he said, "I believe what the Bible teaches: I'll go to Heaven. I have doubts, but I'd really like to believe that I would be able to go up to the three little boys and give them a hug and tell them how sorry I was and be able to love them with a real true love and have no desire to hurt them in any way."

Last Words

Westley Allan Dodd was executed at 12:05 a.m. on June 5, 1993. His final statement was, "I was once asked by somebody, I don't remember who, if there was any way sex offenders could be stopped. I said, `No.' I was wrong. I was wrong when I said there was no hope, no peace. There is hope. There is peace. I found both in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Look to the Lord, and you will find peace." There were no apologies for his crimes, no obvious look of remorse.

Outside the prison those who were in support of the execution could be heard chanting rhymes like "What the heck stretch his neck" while the non-supporters wept at the news that his execution had gone on as planned.

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