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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
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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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