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Friday, September 21, 2012

Death row inmate: ‘God bless ... the Texas Rangers’

Albert Fish: “Eat it, Marlins!”

Add this to the list of famous last words.

“God bless … the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers,” Robert Wayne Harris said, minutes before being put to death in Texas Thursday night after being convicted of execution-style killings at a car wash 12 years ago.

“Don’t worry about me. I’ll be alright,” the 40-year-old convicted murderer said before paying tribute to the American League pennant winners from a year ago.

Prosecutors said Harris, during a robbery at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving, Texas, on March 20, 2000, shot six employees, five fatally at close range, after forcing them to the floor. Harris was convicted in two of the deaths.

Repoz Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:23 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:35 PM (#4242691)
“God bless … the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers,” Robert Wayne Harris said, minutes before being put to death in Texas Thursday night after being convicted of execution-style killings at a car wash 12 years ago.


http://www.newsoftheweird.com/wayne.html
   2. AndrewJ Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4242697)
Sure he didn't mean the 19th century Lone Star State law enforcement of the same name?
   3. Srul Itza Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4242700)
19th century Lone Star State law enforcement


Aren't they still active as a part of the State Police?
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4242704)
Bit of a copycat. This guy yelled "Go Cowboys" before his execution last year. And, as should probably be expected, they were both copying a Raiders fan's shoutout before his 2007 execution, also referenced in the link.
   5. Gobias Industries Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4242705)
Aren't they still active as a part of the State Police?


You're all wrong. He was referring to the underrated 2001 Ashton Kutcher and James Van Der Beek film, Texas Rangers.
   6. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4242707)
Heh. I just happened to get around to watching The Thin Blue Line today. The Rangers, alas, didn't come up.
   7. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM (#4242716)
Srul, they most certainly are. & I learned early in my time here that one of the easiest ways to have a classroom blow up on you is to let a student do a quite factual report on the racism of the Ranger past.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM (#4242753)
Gary Betteman is desperately trying to arrange a Dallas Stars shout out.
   9. GregD Posted: September 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM (#4242762)
Robert Wayne Harris does not belong in the Hall of Fame.
   10. jobu Posted: September 22, 2012 at 05:16 AM (#4242787)
Texas Monthly ran a terrific cover story on the (law enforcement) Texas Rangers a few years back. I submit that the guy they put on the cover has the ass-kickingest name in the history of Texas law enforcement: Clete Buckaloo. Looks the part, too. Here's a link to the story and cover pic.
   11. BDC Posted: September 22, 2012 at 09:34 AM (#4242822)
"One riot, one Ranger" is still a popular saying among testosterone-soaked Anglo-Texans, although there's also a famous corrido that turns that motto around:

Decía Gregorio Cortez con su pistola en la mano,

—No corran rinches cobardes con un solo mexicano


"And then Gregorio Cortez said, with his pistol in this hand:
—Don't run, cowardly Rangers, from just one Mexican."

They don't play that corrido at the Ballpark much.
   12. Zach Posted: September 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM (#4242965)
after being convicted of execution-style killings at a car wash 12 years ago.

The multiple layers of appellate review were a particularly heinous touch.
   13. Booey Posted: September 23, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4243877)
Robert Wayne Harris


Why are killers always listed by all 3 of their names? Just wondering.

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