This week in 1983

November 25th, 2012 by admin

To his fellow inmates on death row:
“In spite of what is about to happen, do not quit. . . .I hold no malice to none. May God bless us all.”

—Robert Sullivan, convicted of murder, electric chair, Florida.
Executed November 30, 1983

Sullivan was sentenced to the electric chair for killing Donald Schmidt, an assistant manager of a Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge where he had once worked. An accomplice testified against him, though Sullivan claimed innocence. Before his death, Sullivan read from a two-page statement, the full text of which is now unavailable. In the end, he thanked Pope John Paul II for requesting that his life spared.

Comments are closed.