This week in 2008

June 24th, 2013 by admin

“I want you all to know, everyone with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Thank you for being here today to honor Felecia Prechtl, whom I didn’t even know. To celebrate my death. My death began on August 2, 1991 and continued when I began to see the beautiful and innocent life that I had taken. I am so terribly sorry. I wish I could die more than once to tell you how sorry I am…Thank you for being a part of my life. I love you. May God be with us all. May God have mercy on us all. I am ready. Please do not hate anybody because . . .”

— Karl Chamberlain, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Texas.
Executed June 11, 2008

An Associated Press writer reported that Chamberlain was “unable to finish as he slipped into unconsciousness.” The August 2 date he referred to was the date of his crime, when he raped and murdered neighbor Felecia Prechtl, whose body was later found by her five-year-old son. (News accounts differ on the spelling of the victim’s first name.)

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