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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Dead Man Laughing Gets Major Attention in Houston Chronicle

UPDATE: KTRH has a poll on their website: "Should the state of Texas ban death row inmates from soliciting jokes to be told in their final statements." Get me 9-11, there is an inmate about to tell a joke.

As we reported last week in Dead Man Laughing, one of the five inmates scheduled for execution this month in Texas is trying to bring attention to his pending execution by holding a joke contest in which he would read his favorite joke during his last statement. His MySpace page is here and the address to send jokes is:

Patrick Knight #999072
Polunsky Unit
3872 FM 350 S.
Livingston, Texas 77351

Now, the Houston Chronicle has granted his wish by giving him major news attention in this article:

Condemned prisoner Patrick Knight wants to leave them laughing.

Knight acknowledges there's nothing funny about his likely execution later this month for the fatal shooting of his neighbors, Walter and Mary Werner, almost 16 years ago outside Amarillo. But to help him come up with his final statement, Knight is accepting jokes mailed to him on Texas' death row or e-mailed to a friend who has a Web site for him. The friend then mails him the jokes.

Knight said the joke he finds the funniest will be his final statement the evening of June 26.

"I'm not trying to disrespect the Werners or anything like that," he told The Associated Press from death row. "I'm not trying to say I don't care what's going on. I'm about to die. I'm not going to sit here and whine and cry and moan and everything like that when I'm facing the punishment I've been given.

"I'm not asking for money. I'm not asking for pen pals or anything like that. All I'm asking for is jokes."

He said he's already received about 250 wisecracks.

"Lawyer jokes are real popular," he said. "Some of them are a little on the edge. I'm not going to use any profanity if I can find the one I want, or any vulgar content. It wouldn't be bad if it was a little bit on the edge. That would be cool."

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5 comments:

Roxy007 said...

I'm certainly glad this monster thinks this is a laughing matter, I for one see nothing funny here!

Texas Moratorium Network said...

Something else that is not funny was the failure of the Texas Legislature to pass a bill creating an Innocence Commission. We do not have the moral authority to execute the certainly guilty if we do not protect the innocent from being executed. Texas has executed at least three people who were most likely innocent.

The right hand said...

I'm certain whatever joke he selects won't be very funny in HELL!!!

The right hand said...

burn baby burn have a good laugh while your in HELL

fearlessfrog said...

You guys still executing people in 2007. Only in the US and some junkyard muslim coutries can we find some retard behavior like that. You really like freedom!