This week in 1985

July 24th, 2013 by admin

“What I want people to know is that they call me a cold-blooded killer when I shot a man that shot me first. The only thing that convicted me was that I am a Mexican and that he was a police officer. People hollered for my life, and they are to have my life tonight. The people never hollered for the life of the policeman that killed a thirteen-year-old boy who was handcuffed in the back seat of a police car. The people never hollered for the life of a Houston police officer who beat up and drowned Jose Campo Torres and threw his body in the river. You call that equal justice…I don’t say this with any bitterness or anger. I just say this with truthfulness. I hope God forgives me for all my sins. I hope that God will be as merciful to society as he has been to me. I’m ready, Warden.”

— Henry M. Porter, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Texas.
Executed July 9, 1985

Porter, a former painter’s assistant, was convicted of shooting and killing Fort Worth police officer Henry P. Mailloux. The officer stopped Porter in the investigation of three armed robberies.

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