“Yes sir. I would like to ask you to forgive me. I made a mistake and I am sorry for what I did. All I can do is ask you to forgive me. I love you and I will see all of you in Heaven. I love you very much. Praise Jesus. I love you.” He then recited the Lord’s Prayer.
— Troy Kunkle, convicted of murder, robbery, and abduction, lethal injection, Texas.
On their way from San Antonio to Corpus Christi in 1984, Kunkle and three companions offered Stephen Horton a ride. They robbed him of his wallet, which contained thirteen dollars, and Kunkle shot him in the head, after which he sang lines from “No Remorse,” a song by heavy metal band Metallica: “Another day, another death, another sorrow, another breath.” Kunkle, age thirty-eight at the time of execution, spent half his life on death row.