16 May 1997 – Harry Charles Moore

In a sudden attack of morality, a man who had married two of his nieces was executed in Oregon for killing another two members of his family.

Viva Las Vegas

Harry Charles Moore had separated from his niece Cindy Moore – however, he was incensed to find out that his half-sister/mother-in-law and husband were planning to cart Cindy and their daughter Jennifer off to Las Vegas. Moore was worried that his estranged wife and child would be flung in the path of depravity, drugs and illicit sex.

So he took a handgun and shot Cindy’s dad, Thomas Lauri, four times in the face in broad daylight. Then he headed off to her mum’s house where he shot Barbara Cunningham in the stomach, before planting three bullets in her brain.

Moore was found guilty of murder and took his penalty with calm acceptance, even vowing to sue anyone who appealed on his behalf to get his death penalty overturned. A mere four years after his sentence, Moore was lethally injected in Oregon on this day in 1997. As the toxins slowly seeped into his bloodstream he is said to have said ‘I want the last word I say to be Jennifer; j e n n i f e r’.

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