Killer Executed On Death Row Performed Defiant Final Act Before He Died

Robert Gleason Jr, a killer executed on death row, performed a defiant final act before he died.
Credit: Virginia Department of Corrections & Alamy

The defiant final act of Robert Gleason Junior, a killer executed on death row, has the internet feeling creeped out.

The final moments of a person’s life are always imbued with poignancy and meaning.

But for most of us, we don’t have a countdown in mind until the moment our life ends.

However, people on death row know that their days are numbered – and have to properly plan out their last moments.

This preparation includes a final meal before execution, choosing their last words, or even breaking the rules for a final time.

And now one killer’s defiant final act has left the internet feeling disturbed and disgusted…

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Robert Gleason Junior was given a life sentence without parole for the 2007 murder of Michael Kent Jamerson.

Gleason murdered Jameson in an attempt to conceal his own involvement in a violent drug gang.

But while waiting for the day of his execution on death row, he refused to stop killing.

Gleason wanted the death penalty and vowed to do whatever he could in order to achieve that sentence.

In fact, he promised to keep on murdering while in prison until the day he was finally executed.

First, Gleason killed his 63-year-old cellmate at Wallens Ridge State Prison with bed sheets.

When that wasn’t enough, Gleason killed his next victim, 26-year-old Aaron Cooper.

Robert Gleason Junior
Robert Gleason Junior wanted the death penalty and would do whatever it took to receive the sentence. Credit: Virginia Department of Corrections

Gleason managed to murder Cooper through a wire fence that kept them apart in their solitary pens.

After these two additional murders, Gleason’s wish for the death penalty was finally granted.

He then waived all rights to appeal the sentence.

Gleason asked specifically for the electric chair over the lethal injection. And although he got what he wanted, he still had some time to wait.

It wasn’t until January 16, 2013, that Gleason was set to be executed at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia.

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Gleason continued being antagonistic to the prison authorities right up until his final moments.

He was strapped to his chair and uttered his defiant final words.

Gleason reportedly spoke in Irish Gaelic and said: “Put me on the highway to Jackson and call my Irish buddies. Pog mo thoin. God bless.”

‘Pog mo thoin’ is a translation of the Irish wording for ‘kiss my a**’, as per Irish Central.

The electric chair was then turned on, sending ‘approximately 1,800 volts at 7.5 amps for 30 seconds before it was decreased to 250 volts at 1.5 amps for the next 60 seconds’, as per the Daily Star.

This reportedly ‘went on for five minutes to make sure the triple murderer was dead’.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.