Before death-row prisoners are executed, they’re afforded some final words. And while most condemned men and women offer some kind of apology or say goodbye to their families, these 20 murderers had altogether more chilling things to communicate. Be forewarned: their words can never be unheard.
20. Peter Kürten
“Tell me – after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures.” Peter Kürten’s last words before he was guillotined in July 1931 provide disturbing insight into the warped mind of the German killer. He murdered at minimum nine people.