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Death Row Inmate's Last Words: 'Wow! That Is Great!'
CBS Houston ^ | April 26, 2013

Posted on 04/26/2013 7:21:39 PM PDT by Gamecock

A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago.

Richard Cobb, 29, didn’t deny using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was convicted of capital murder.

“Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end,” Cobb said when asked if he had any last words. “Life is too short. I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that.

“Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That’s it, warden.”

But that wasn’t it.

Just before the lethal drug took effect and at the conclusion of his statement, Cobb twisted his head back, raised it off a pillow placed on the gurney and then toward the warden standing behind him.

“Wow!” the inmate exclaimed in a loud voice. “That is great. That is awesome! Thank you, warden! Thank you (expletive) warden!”

His head fell back on the pillow, and his neck twisted at an odd angle, with his mouth and eyes open.

He remained that way for some 15 minutes before a physician entered the death chamber to examine him and pronounce him dead at 6:27 p.m. CDT. Sixteen minutes had passed since the drug had been injected.

The father, stepmother and stepbrother of the man shot and killed by Cobb were among the witnesses. Also in the viewing area was one of the women who was shot and attacked but survived to testify against Cobb.

“I think justice was served but it doesn’t change anything to speak of,” the slain man’s father, Don Vandever, said after watching Cobb die. “I do think the justice system needs to be more of a deterrent.

“All he did was go to sleep."

Nikki Daniels, 29, who was raped and shot during the 2002 attack but survived to testify against Cobb, said, “I thought he was going to be remorseful, I thought he was going to be apologetic, was hoping that he was going to address me.

“I saw the same evil person I saw 11 years ago. … He definitely showed his true colors.”

The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault but Daniels agreed to be identified.

Daniels said Cobb’s punishment in the end “was far too easy.”

About two hours before the lethal injection, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Cobb to be executed, rejecting a last-day appeal. It was Texas’ fourth execution this year.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: deathrow; execution; onelessobamavoter; wow

1 posted on 04/26/2013 7:21:39 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

Glad he enjoyed it.

It was good for me too.


2 posted on 04/26/2013 7:22:11 PM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

Yikes.... His last words sound demonic.


3 posted on 04/26/2013 7:24:45 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: Gamecock

“Nikki Daniels, 29, who was raped and shot during the 2002 attack but survived to testify against Cobb, ‘

I betcha’ Nikki feels great too ;)


4 posted on 04/26/2013 7:25:10 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: dragonblustar

Hopefully, the demon perished with him.


5 posted on 04/26/2013 7:25:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Gamecock

Richard Cobb, meet Tamerlan Tsarnaev.


6 posted on 04/26/2013 7:26:04 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Gamecock; a fool in paradise

Well, at least he didn’t say what we the living must suffer through every damn day: “amazing!”, “incredible!”, “unbelievable”, “ohmygod!”.


7 posted on 04/26/2013 7:28:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Gamecock

They’ve been looking all over for another drug to administer the death penalty. I wonder why they don’t just overdose these people with cocaine, morphine or heroin, or some combination. It worked for Chris Farley and John Belushi.


8 posted on 04/26/2013 7:28:51 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Gamecock

I’m glad he said this because he revealed exactly what the death penalty is today thanks to liberals: An absolute joke. They get you high and stop your heart., stop it when you are high as hell feeling great.


9 posted on 04/26/2013 7:34:23 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Gamecock
Bring back the electric chair.

Next time light em up.

10 posted on 04/26/2013 7:35:37 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

We need to bring back hanging. Public ones.


11 posted on 04/26/2013 7:36:14 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Too expensive. Sequestration. We need to save money.

Rapists? Slice it off before killing them-in other words, “disarm” them.

Then...shoot them in the temple with a cheap bullet.
After all, we taxpayers have to pay for Bath-House Barry’s entertainment on Wednesdays at the Soiled House.


12 posted on 04/26/2013 7:38:29 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: max americana

No, she was violated, then and now. Walk in her shoes. Lord have mercy on her.


13 posted on 04/26/2013 7:38:44 PM PDT by glock rocks (Slippin into darkness, when I hear my mama say ...)
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To: Zhang Fei

Make them eat a bunch of oleander.


14 posted on 04/26/2013 7:41:18 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Gamecock
if its my one complaint against the DP its that its far too quick....I'd prefer something a little more meaningful to the animal....

but, we put them in a solitary cell, and they can have computer use and library use so they can "research" their appeals....they get 3 square meals and a change of sheets...then they die pretty damn quick and get to make nasty evil statements while they go down.....

15 posted on 04/26/2013 7:42:07 PM PDT by cherry
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To: skeeter

Old Sparky or the air dance.

None of this simple “go to sleep” routine. That is for dogs at the vet.


16 posted on 04/26/2013 7:48:52 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: cherry

Hanging is better. It works, it’s violent but usually quick. The perp has to anticipate that he’s going to have his neck snapped in a quick rush. Sometimes it may not be as quick and you strangle. TS.


17 posted on 04/26/2013 7:50:09 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Mortrey
Too expensive. Sequestration. We need to save money. Rapists? Slice it off before killing them-in other words, “disarm” them. Then...shoot them in the temple with a cheap bullet. After all, we taxpayers have to pay for Bath-House Barry’s entertainment on Wednesdays at the Soiled House.

The issue is that there is too much mental stress for the executioners. The ideal form of execution would be an On/Off switch in which death was instantaneous and painless, meaning a switch is pressed, and split second later, the perp is out like a light switch, with no convulsions or anything melodramatic.

18 posted on 04/26/2013 7:53:36 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Gamecock

...“Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end,”.... Cobb said when asked if he had any last words.... “Life is too short. I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that......“Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger”.

That’s New Age Junk he’s talking there....so he expects to come back reincarnated...might be Hinduism talk which New Age is based on.

I think the guy found something quite different then expected on the other side.


19 posted on 04/26/2013 7:59:04 PM PDT by caww
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

It’s not a ‘go to sleep’ routine. Sure his body is dead but he is far from dead as his spirit lives for eternity - forever and ever. He already chose his eternal home. And he has no one to listen to him - all he hears are the screams of others. There is no rest, no sleep, no water in hell.


20 posted on 04/26/2013 8:02:47 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

.....”They get you high and stop your heart., stop it when you are high as hell feeling great”.....

As soon as his heart stopped...guarantee you that high didn’t last past those minute seconds...he’s headed for a downer bigtime!


21 posted on 04/26/2013 8:03:09 PM PDT by caww
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To: dragonblustar

‘All he did was go to sleep’ ... and his soul was swept away to everlasting torment by one far more evil than he could even try to be. All he did was drop into Hell! His soul will never sleep, and his torment is everlasting.


22 posted on 04/26/2013 8:08:26 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Zhang Fei

I can deal with the physic pain.

They need to allow an open volunteer
list for these things. There would be no
shortage of victim’s family volunteers.


23 posted on 04/26/2013 8:12:40 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Well, what you wrote may be accurate, but this pos is, nonetheless, dead. He was in no way tranquil at the time of his demise as reflected in his obscenities directed at the warden, who really had nothing to do with it. On the other hand, he proved he is just an evil guy. Another upstanding denizen of Hell.
As I have opined here before, I am opposed to the DP, not because these people don’t deserve it; I believe they do. I am opposed to it because it is not administered fairly. I would like to see a rich guy/ pretty woman, get executed (assuming he/she had due process and deserved it (read Arias, here, pretty not rich, but female, not male)).
I did a DP case on habeas corpus, for six years. The case only ended because the condemned got executed. I can’t say he didn’t deserve it, but I can say, at least to my satisfaction, that it’s not fairly imposed, and is, therefore, a violation of equal protection.
I could be wrong about that.
I am not absolutely certain because no system is perfect and one individual or entity, including the criminal justice system, should not let perfection be the enemy of the good. So, I am a bit ambivalent, but I still think the DP is unfairly applied.


24 posted on 04/26/2013 8:13:51 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: Gamecock
“I think justice was served but it doesn’t change anything to speak of,” the slain man’s father, Don Vandever, said after watching Cobb die. “I do think the justice system needs to be more of a deterrent.

“All he did was go to sleep."

Daniels said Cobb’s punishment in the end “was far too easy.”

Agree 100%.
Bring back the chair.

25 posted on 04/26/2013 8:18:54 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Gamecock

Sounds like someone that deserved it, and should have been put down a long time ago.


26 posted on 04/26/2013 8:19:16 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Gamecock
The State of Texas Dept of Corrections maintains a website where you can,among other things,see the last statements of those about to be executed.Not all of them make a statement and some state,at that last moment,that they're innocent and/or that the DP is barbaric but a surprising percentage of them acknowledge their guilt and express remorse for what they did.Just google “Texas death row” and you'll find the link to the website.It's really pretty interesting.
27 posted on 04/26/2013 8:22:53 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: skeeter
Gas chamber was a good deterant, too.
28 posted on 04/26/2013 8:23:26 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: BIV

Some people just deserve to die. We can’t let our personal emotions interfere with that fact. Public execution should be so scary it makes a mean pos piss in his pants watching. Deterrence - it work.


29 posted on 04/26/2013 8:25:25 PM PDT by Deathtomarxists (collapse death heartburn heartache dingdongs diaherea)
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To: Gamecock
Here's a picture of the dog turd who's now dead:


30 posted on 04/26/2013 8:25:39 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: smokingfrog
Sounds like someone that deserved it, and should have been put down a long time ago.

The disgusting reality is that 9 years is fairly quick these days.

31 posted on 04/26/2013 8:27:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Gamecock

I was going to suggest a firing squad, but in my case if it were a line up of really cool classic rifles I’d almost consider it an honor.


32 posted on 04/26/2013 8:34:13 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan

I think people who mu*der other people should be executed the very same way that they did the deed...or at least the same amount of pain they gave their victim.


33 posted on 04/26/2013 8:36:35 PM PDT by caww
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To: Lurker

Ditto -only televised. Pay per view would probably bring in plenty to help pay for the trials, the public defenders and the incarceration.


34 posted on 04/26/2013 8:43:27 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: skeeter

A Oak chair,or bench(for multiples) hooked up to a Lighting Rod and set up at first available thunder storm. The waiting after being seated would give them time to think. Just prior to a strike, when it’s close, one will hear a noise similar to frying bacon. True!
Texas and Florida have some great electrical storms.


35 posted on 04/26/2013 8:49:26 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: Gamecock

One may be forgiven for supposing that after this demonic character arrived at his ultimate destination, it was NOT AT ALL “so great.”


36 posted on 04/26/2013 9:10:55 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Zhang Fei

Why don’t they just use Pine-Sol? A large dollop of that might not be pleasant but it would work. And for pennies.


37 posted on 04/26/2013 9:57:27 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Deathtomarxists

Oh, my view is not personal at all. It is strictly legal, and based upon my understanding of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
I am not saying I am correct or that you are necessarily incorrect. I am merely posting my disinterested, not personal, opinion. As long as poor guys get executed while wealthy guys get lesser punishment for the same offense, I am uncomfortable. I mean they are both going to Hell. I just think they should arrive on the same bus.
If I took all the law stuff I’ve done personally I would be a lot crazier than I am now.
BTW, I never had any kind of personal relationship or even rapport with my former death row client. But, in addition to being poor, he was a sociopath in my unmedical opinion. However, he was not insane, which is a legal not medical term. IOW, he knew right from wrong.
I agree with you about deterrence. If the State chooses to implement the DP, it should be on TV, or in the town square -just impose it fairly.


38 posted on 04/26/2013 10:01:40 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: Gamecock

Bunch of bullshit bravado. Performance of the terrified.


39 posted on 04/26/2013 10:02:40 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“I’m glad he said this because he revealed exactly what the death penalty is today thanks to liberals: An absolute joke.”

The libs love criminals too, as long as they are raping and killing other people.


40 posted on 04/26/2013 11:50:44 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Zhang Fei

“They’ve been looking all over for another drug to administer the death penalty. I wonder why they don’t just overdose these people with cocaine, morphine or heroin, or some combination. It worked for Chris Farley and John Belushi.”

Why not fill a gas chamber with dry nitrogen? There are no effects whatsoever. Several people were working in a windowless room in a building where I worked. A dry nitrogen leak displaced all of the oxygen. They all died and nobody even stood up from their station. (This was over 30 years ago.)


41 posted on 04/27/2013 3:40:38 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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