Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Gary Gilmore
Birth: Dec. 4, 1940
Upton County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1977
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Convicted Murderer. First person to be executed in the United States when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 after a ten year hiatus. Gary Gilmore dropped out of school at age fourteen and was a career criminal. He was on parole in the summer of 1976 when he murdered a motel clerk and a gas station attendant in two separate crimes which were committed a day apart. He was turned in to the police by his own cousin, who didn't want him to commit a third murder the following day. Gilmore wanted a speedy trial and was sentenced to death after his conviction for capital murder. He was one of the few people who fought the justice system to ensure that he would be executed quickly. His wish was carried out six months after the crimes on January 17, 1977, when he was executed by a firing squad in Utah. Norman Mailer wrote "The Executioner's Song," which detailed the life of Gary Gilmore. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for 1980. Mailer's book was later produced into a made for TV movie. Gary Gilmore's last words were, "Let's do it." (bio by: Anthony B) 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Anthony B
Record added: Jan 11, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7073887
Gary Gilmore
Added by: Ron Moody
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

The Virtual Flowers feature has been turned off for this memorial because it was being continually misused.
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.4 after 139 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service