This week in 2003
“Their death should not have happened, but it did. I’m so sorry that all of this took place. Now I have devastated my family as well, but my heart has grown in the last few minutes because I was forgiven by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kenney, and Ms. Arnot. Thank you. You have given me more hope than I have had in a long time. If I could change things I would, not for my sake but for all those who have loved me over the years, and for those who have forgiven me. Thank you for all that you have given me.”
— Samuel Gallamore, convicted of murder, lethal injection, Texas.
Executed January 14, 2003
Gallamore was convicted of beating and stabbing Clayton Kenney (eighty-three), his partially paralyzed wife, Juliana (seventy-four), and her daughter, Adrienne Arnot (forty-four). Gallamore had once cared for Juliana in a nursing home. He confessed to police, saying that he and an accomplice had robbed the Kenney family in order to buy drugs. Refusing to say any last words, Gallamore had his written statement distributed after his execution.
This week in 1882
“Folks, hear me, as I’se to be hanged. I’se free from any guilt about Nash Carter. I had a child by another man, but was smart enough to keep my husband from knowing it.”
— Matilda Carter, convicted of murder, hanging, North Carolina.
Executed January 13, 1882
Carter was sentenced to death for the murder of her much older husband, Nash Carter, after he voiced concerns about her acquaintance with a group of young men. While he was sleeping, prosecutors said, Mrs. Carter and three accomplices slipped a noose around Mr. Carter’s neck and pulled. On the scaffold, fellow convicted murderer Joe Hay admitted to adultery with Mrs. Carter.
This week in 1864
No complete final statement exists, but Jason Luce talked about his evil associates and railed against those who had betrayed him, indicating his desire to brand them before the world. He proclaimed his lawyer to have been his betrayer, confessed to his sins, and said good-bye.
—Jason Luce, convicted of murder, firing squad, Utah.
Executed January 12, 1864
Luce was convicted of murdering a man whom he had invited to his house for dinner. According to Luce, the man beat him for admitting that he was a Mormon. Later, when Luce happened to encounter the man, he pulled a bowie knife and nearly severed the man’s head in retaliation for the beating. On the day of Luce’s execution he was described as being cool, calm, and collected. He asked his brother to take care of a woman carrying his child.