Robert Gleason Jr. didn’t go quietly as he told witnesses to “Kiss his A$$” moments before he was executed by the electric chair at 9:08 p.m. on Wednesday, In prison without parole for a murder committed in 2007, Gleason also took the lives of two fellow inmates while incarcerated.
According to the Daily Mail, the 42-year-old spoke Irish Gaelic and smiled around the room before 1,800 volts at 7.5 amps were administered to his body. Being the first to be executed in the U.S. this year, he is also the first to opt for execution by electrocution since 2010.
In stark contrast to many other prisoners on trial for murder, Gleason never maintained his innocence; rather he insisted that he would kill again if the opportunity presented itself. Even when his attorneys attempted to postpone the execution, Gleason insisted that it should be conducted without delay.
It’s hard to imagine why anyone in their right mind would argue to speed up their own death penalty. Gleason’s lawyers argued that he suffered from mental illness and as proof they referenced his several suicide attempts. However, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the lawyer’s plea for a mental competency evaluation, very likely in connection to Gleason’s insistence on continued killing if he were to be left alive.
“Why prolong it? The end result’s gonna be the same,” Gleason stated in his Bostonian accent in one of the many interviews conducted with him, by The Associated Press over the course of the last three years. “The death part don’t bother me. This has been a long time coming. It’s called karma,” he reflects.
As of right now, it’s not clear how many victims there really were since Gleason boasts of many murders that the authorities are not aware of, yet he has not provided any definitive information about their identities or whereabouts.
Resembling the deadly but charismatic serial killer Dexter Morgan on Showtime’s, Dexter, Gleason insisted that he only killed other criminals engaged in similar lifestyles as him, maintaining that he never murdered actual innocents.