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Before releasing a pretty odd hidden message just before his execution, a death row murderer apologised to committing “mistakes.”
Even if we won’t acknowledge it, we’ve all definitely at least considered what our parting words would be. They could be a heartfelt passage from a book or movie, a poetry, or even just a simple “thank you.”
However, not many of us have the same intentions as this convicted killer, who repeated the name of a vegetable.
Robert Charles Towery became the 1285th murderer to be put to death in the US since 1976 when he received a lethal injection in Arizona in March 2012.
After robbing Mark Jones’ home in 1991 and strangling him to death, Towery received a death sentence.
He went to the 68-year-old’s house with accomplice Randy Barker, who had previously lent him money and employed him as a mechanic.
Towery flashed a gun while Barker handcuffed him and removed belongings from the residence.
The murderer then poisoned him with battery acid before tying him up with plastic ties and strangled him to death.
The couple were apprehended after a security guard reported seeing them abandon the car in a parking lot the day after Jones’ body was discovered.
In exchange for testifying against Towery, Barker received a plea agreement and was let out of jail in 2001.
Towery, who was 47 years old at the time of his execution, looked to start crying as he apologised for his actions and seemed to be overcome with regret.
He said: “I would like to apologise to Mark’s family and friends for what I did to them. I would like to apologise to my family.
“So many times in my life I went left when I should have gone right and I went right when I should have gone left. It was mistake after mistake.”
His dying comments were strange and confusing, puzzling both the audience and the general public when they were spoken.
His last words before the lethal injection were simply: “I love my family. Potato, potato, potato.”
It turns out that the mention of the carb was a message intended for his nephew, who saw him executed.
According to reports, the code words related to the sound created by a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and were a message that only he could decipher.
According to Towery’s attorney, Dale Baich, the murderer was informing his nephew that “everything was OK” by doing it.
In fact, the carb was a part of his “death row meal” as well.
Before the execution, Towery dined on a final meal of: Porterhouse steak, sautéed mushrooms, baked potato with butter and sour cream, steamed asparagus, clam chowder, Pepsi, milk and apple pie with vanilla ice cream.