Gary Gilmore: 5 Songs For A Famous Executionee

Even in the bizarre world of famous murderers, Gary Gilmore is an interesting case. He grew up in an abusive household, and committed two murders in Utah in 1976 at the age of 22. Despite complying with Gilmore's demands in the course of his robberies, he killed Max Jensen and Bennie Bushnell in cold blood. He was caught when police tracked a trail of blood he left after accidentally shooting himself in the hand.

The reason people still talk about Gilmore is because he was the first person to be executed in America after the overturn of the death penalty, and not only that he was really kind of excited about it. He informed religious groups who wished to help him get a stay of execution to butt out, twice attempted suicide on death row, and even chose his own method via firing squad.

"They always want to get in on the act," said Gilmore regarding the Board of Pardons. "I don't think they have ever really done anything effective in their lives." That's pretty harsh from a two-bit killer. Then again, it's hard to argue with a man whose last words, "Let's do it!" were the direct inspiration for the Nike motto.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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