The last words of Billie Wayne Coble: Susanna Reid faces the assassin


Susanna Reid came face to face with a triple murderer who murdered his wife's separated family a few days before being executed.

The Good morning Great Britain the guest was stunned by Billie Wayne Coble's lack of remorse while staring at death in the face, The sun relationships.

Coble spent nearly 30 years on death row after the shootings of his wife Robert and Zelda Vicha's parents and their son Bobby in Texas in August 1989.

When Susanna asked him what he thought of the gruesome killings, Coble, 70, smiled.

"For some people it is important," he said. "For me it really doesn't matter anymore."

Susanna pushed him further, asking if she would offer an apology to the Vicha family.

"OK, if you want me to give you some kind of, like, some excuses or something, I mean, I've already said that I regret what happened," was his chilling answer.

"Now I regret what happened. But I also regret many things in life."

Coble, who never regretted the killings, had once been described by a prosecutor as "a heart full of scorpions".

On February 28th, he became the oldest detainee executed in Texas since the state took capital punishment in 1982.

In his last days, Susanna, 48, asked Coble if he was afraid of dying.

"Death is death," said Coble.

"One person once said:" This is a horrible way to die. I said: "What is a good way?" You could tell me that a good way is to to die?

"Who will not leave this world? Aren't we all?

"It depends on how long a person has already lived. The longer you lived, the easier it is to accept death."

Susanna interviewed Coble as part of ITV doc spinechilling Death Row: Countdown To Execution.


When Coble was given the lethal injection in the Huntsville state penitentiary, his last words confused the witnesses.

The veteran and electrician of the Vietnam war said: "Yes sir, it will be five dollars. I love you, I love you and I love you.

"Mike, I love you. Where is it, Nella? I love you, it'll be five dollars. Be careful."

He gasped several times and then started snoring.

This cryptic "five dollar" message is believed to refer to his time in Vietnam.

Apparently, the children would try to get money from passing the GIs in Vietnam, bothering them with the words "Five dollars, five dollars!"

In the dramatic scenes, Coble's son, Gordon, his nephew Dalton and his daughter-in-law became emotional and violent.


Coble was convicted of capital murder in 1990 after killing his separated wife's family.

Prosecutors said that Coble, upset about his ongoing divorce, kidnapped his wife, Karen Vicha.

He was arrested and later released on loan.

Nine days after the abduction, Coble went to Karen Vicha's home, where he handcuffed and bound his three daughters and J.R. Vicha.

Then he went to the houses of Robert and Zelda Vicha, 64 and 60 respectively, and Bobby Vicha, 39, who lived nearby and killed them mortally.

After Karen Vicha returned home, Coble kidnapped her and left, attacking her and threatening to rape her and kill her.

He was arrested after he fell for police pursuit.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced with permission.



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