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Sean Patrick FLANAGAN

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

   
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Dismemberment - "Service a society by killing homosexuals"
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1987
Date of birth: 1961
Victims profile: James Lewandowski, 45 / Albert Duggins, 59 (gay men)
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Clark County, Nevada, USA
Status: Executed by lethal injection in Nevada on June 23, 1989
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nevada Executes Man in Homosexual Killings

AP - The New York Times

June 24, 1989, Saturday

Sean Patrick Flanagan, who said he thought he was doing society a service by killing homosexuals, was executed by injection early Friday.

Mr. Flanagan, 28 years old, was executed for two 1987 murders in Las Vegas after Gov. Bob Miller rejected a last-minute petition from the American Civil Liberties Union for a stay.

Mr. Flanagan confessed to the murders of two men after he was arrested in Orange, Calif., for jaywalking. He said he strangled and dismembered a 45-year-old chef, James Lewandowski, who had befriended him after he lost all his money drinking and gambling. Four days later, he said, he strangled a pianist, Albert Duggins, 59, after Mr. Duggins offered him a ride.

In a seven-page statement, he disclosed that he hated his own homosexuality. He said it was difficult for him to determine what made him kill men he thought were homosexual, but ''the thought that I would be doing some good for our society crossed my mind.''

As five guards strapped him to a stretcher in the death chamber at the Nevada State Prison, he smiled and told the prosecutor, Dan Seaton, ''I love you.''

''He has said it before,'' said Mr. Seaton, Deputy District Attorney of Clark County. ''He means it in terms of Christian love and forgiveness.

It was the second execution in five days in Nevada and the nation's 114th since the Supreme Court ruling of 1976 that allowed states to resume the use of capital punishment.

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CARSON CITY, Nev., June 23 (AP) - Sean Patrick Flanagan, who said he thought he was doing society a service by killing homosexuals, was executed by injection early Friday.

Mr. Flanagan, 28 years old, was executed for two 1987 murders in Las Vegas after Gov. Bob Miller rejected a last-minute petition from the American Civil Liberties Union for a stay.

Mr. Flanagan confessed to the murders of two men after he was arrested in Orange, Calif., for jaywalking. He said he strangled and dismembered a 45-year-old chef, James Lewandowski, who had befriended him after he lost all his money drinking and gambling. Four days later, he said, he strangled a pianist, Albert Duggins, 59, after Mr. Duggins offered him a ride.

Hatred for Himself

In a seven-page statement, he disclosed that he hated his own homosexuality. He said it was difficult for him to determine what made him kill men he thought were homosexual, but ''the thought that I would be doing some good for our society crossed my mind.''

As five guards strapped him to a stretcher in the death chamber at the Nevada State Prison, he smiled and told the prosecutor, Dan Seaton, ''I love you.''

''He has said it before,'' said Mr. Seaton, Deputy District Attorney of Clark County. ''He means it in terms of Christian love and forgiveness.

''I think he believes he is a Christian, but from God's perception, no,'' Mr. Seaton added. ''I'm sure he'd kill again.'' #114th Execution in U.S. Since '76 The prisoner spent his last hours reading the Bible. He was declared dead eight minutes after the lethal injection was made at 2:01 A.M.

It was the second execution in five days in Nevada, and also Nevada's fourth and the nation's 114th since the Supreme Court ruling of 1976 that allowed states to resume the use of capital punishment.

Governor Miller said he would not intervene and added that Mr. Flanagan had appeals available if he wanted to stop the execution.

Mr. Flanagan said in an interview Wednesday that he would not appeal because he had to pay his debt to society. But he maintained, ''After giving my life to Jesus, I couldn't hurt anybody again.''

He apologized to the families of his victims. He said, ''I hope they'll understand my execution is proper and just.''

 
 

Sean Patrick Flanagan was sentenced to die for the Las Vegas murders of two homosexuals. Flanagan's first victim, a middle-aged chef who had befriended Flanagan after losing his money on gambling, was strangled and dismembered.

Four days later Flanagan strangled a 59-year old pianist after he offered Flanagan a ride. Frustrated with his own sexuality, Flanagan claimed that he could not determine the sole cause for his motivation to kill, but speculated that it might involve his perception that murdering homosexuals would be "doing some good." It took the cyanide eight minutes to stop Flanagan's heart from beating.

 
 

SEX: M RACE: W TYPE: T MOTIVE: PC-non-specific

MO: Gay hustler; killed other gay men to "help society".

 

 

 
 
 
 
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