Today’s Face-Down Yet Truly Morbid Fact!
“If there is such a thing as an Anti-Christ, it ain’t one man, but the whole white race.”
This was the final declaration of Marvin Francois, who was executed on May 29, 1985 in Florida by electrocution at age 39 for the brutal murder of six of eight residents of one home during a drug-related robbery. All six were laid face-down with their hands tied behind their backs prior to being shot.
Marvin’s Last Meal:
Shrimp, barbecued ribs, friend chicken breast, lobster tail, French fries, sliced tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries and coffee (he finished all but his coffee).
Marvin Francois: Angry, and hungry.
Culled from: Last Suppers: Famous Final Meals from Death Row
I found a lot more information about this case in the New York Times archive:
Marvin Francois, sentenced to death for killing six people when his mask fell off and exposed his face in a robbery, was executed today in the electric chair.
In his last words, the former heroin addict said that if an Antichrist existed it was ”the whole white race.”
Mr. Francois, a muscular black man, entered the death chamber at Florida State Prison and was strapped in at 7 A.M. The one-minute power surge was completed at 7:08 A.M. Ten minutes lapsed before Mr. Francois was pronounced dead, about four minutes longer than in past executions.
It was the third execution in Florida this year, the 13th since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1976 and the 44th in the country since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.
Police Say It Was a Drug House
Mr. Francois, 39 years old, was convicted in the July 27, 1977, killing of six people in the robbery of what police termed a ”drug house” in the Miami suburb of Carol City.
Late Tuesday the United States Supreme Court denied a plea to postpone the execution. The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied Mr. Francois’s motions for a stay earlier Tuesday.
”I am as a grain of sand on the beach of the black race,” Mr. Francois said in a final statement he read to witnesses. ”The black race has lost its pride and dignity and is slowly dying from within and without. My death ends my tears, and the fortune of watching my race slowly die.”
After reading the statement, Mr. Francois added, ”If there is such a thing as an Antichrist, it ain’t one man but the whole white race.”
The prisoner was served a breakfast of lobster, shrimp, ribs, chicken and french fries.
His Mother Visits Him
Mr. Francois’s last visitors, who left at 1 A.M., were his mother, Muriel Hollingsworth of Miami; his friend Juanita Pace and his teen-age twins, Alexis and Aleasian Rolle, said Vernon Bradford of the Department of Corrections.
Court records indicate that after Mr. Francois’s mask fell off he said all eight people who had seen him would have to be killed. He shot six of the victims in the head with a shotgun, according to testimony. Two others were wounded but survived and testified against Mr. Francois, whose accomplices were also sentenced to die.
In a 1982 clemency interview, Mr. Francois said he never knew his father well and saw little of his mother. He testified that he tried heroin at the age of 16 and he maintained a $300- to $400-a-day habit in 1976.