A Texas prisoner dubbed the “ice pick killer” will now “burn in hell for eternity,” a family member of one of his victims says, after he was put to death Wednesday night by lethal injection — with officials ignoring his unusual request to be executed by firing squad or nitrogen gas, FOX News reports.
The 66-year-old maniac was responsible for four killings and at least nine rapes throughout his pathetic lifetime.
Danny Paul Bible was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday after authorities ignored his plea to be killed by firing squad or nitrogen gas. (FOX26)
“Danny Paul Bible is as vile and evil a person that has ever drawn breath,” Larry Lance, whose sister, Pam Hudgins, was among Bible’s victims, told the Associated Press. “We are glad to have witnessed him draw his last breath. I know he will burn in hell for eternity.”
Asked by the warden Wednesday if he had a final statement, Bible replied: “No, sir.”
Bible’s head was shaking slightly as he was administered the lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital.
As the drug started to take effect, Bible began taking quick breaths, muttering at one point he felt a “burning” sensation and complaining the execution “hurt.” His breaths eventually became snores and, about a minute after the procedure began, all movement stopped.
Bible had stared intently at the relatives of two of his victims who watched through a window a few feet from him, but never said anything to them. The execution was the seventh this year in Texas, the country’s most active death penalty state.
Bible was a drifter with a record of violence in several states when he was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1999 for a rape in Louisiana. He told detectives in Louisiana about four Texas killings — including the death of a 4-month-old boy — and at least nine rapes, including five in San Jacinto County northeast of Houston.
The four slaying victims included 20-year-old Inez Deaton, a friend of Bible’s cousin who was found on the banks of a Houston bayou in 1979. Investigators determined she had been raped and fatally stabbed with an ice pick. The killing went unsolved for decades before Bible linked himself to the case, and a jury decided in 2003 that the man who became known in Houston as “the ice pick killer” should die for the slaying.
The three other killings all occurred in North Texas on the same day in May 1983. The victims were Bible’s sister-in-law, Tracy Powers; her 4-month-old son, Justin; and Powers’ roommate, Hudgins.
Hopefully this brings some closure to the families.
Meanwhile, it’s safe to assume he will rot in hell for eternity.