James W. Rodgers was sentenced to death for the murder of Charles Merrifield in 1957. He chose to die by firing squad instead of hanging.
When asked by prison officials and a chaplain if he had anything to say, Rodgers joked, “I done told you my last request . . . a bullet-proof vest.” After being led to the execution site, someone suggested he might want a coat because of the cold in which he responded, “Don’t worry, I’ll be where it’s warm soon.”