Jeffrey Landrigan's Last Words before Execution: Boomer Sooner

In this undated file photo provided by the Arizona Deptartment of Corrections, Jeffrey Landrigan is shown.

In this undated file photo provided by the Arizona Deptartment of Corrections, Jeffrey Landrigan is shown.

History shows that most condemned criminals typically invoke God, declare their love for family or insist on their innocence before being executed. But a few take a decidedly different path when it comes to choosing their last words.

In 1966, James French offered a humorous editorial suggestion. "How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries," he said before being executed in the electric chair in Oklahoma.

Thomas J. Grasso griped about his last meal. "I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this," he declared before his lethal injection in 1996.

And Jimmy Glass dreamed of a serene lake rather than an electric chair. "I'd rather be fishing," he said before his 1987 execution.

On Tuesday night, Jeffrey Landrigan added a sports twist to the litany of last words uttered by convicted killers facing execution. A prison official said Landrigan's final words were, "Boomer Sooner."

For those who are not college football fans, that's the beloved rallying cry for the University of Oklahoma. Landrigan, though executed in Arizona, hailed from Bartlesville, Oklahoma and was a big fan of the Sooners. Until the end.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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