Death row dad called himself ‘super duper hydraulic Jesus freak’ before dying

Killer dad Benjamin Cole referred to himself as a "super duper hydraulic Jesus freak" before being executed.

The murderer, 57, was put to death at Oklahoma's state penitentiary in McAlester on October 20 after he killed his infant daughter back in 2002.

According to The Oklahoman, super-religious Cole hoped his spirit would return to his "Father in Heaven" upon his death.

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Prior to his death, Cole gorged on a very unique "religious" last meal consisting of a vegetarian lasagna, salad, a tortilla, and a fruit drink packet.

When giving his last words, the religious man delivered a two-minute religious speech urging listeners to "choose Jesus while you still can," and "keep your eyes peeled… Be ready at all times."

He also asked that Jesus "receive my spirit" before receiving the lethal injection.

Cole died at 10.22 am without a spiritual advisor or attorneys present.

His lawyers had previously argued that Cole, who had a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, didn't know he was being put to death and wasn't fit for execution, describing him as "incapacitated by his mental illness to the point of being essentially non-functional."

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His lawyers filed a last-minute suit in the US District Court, hoping the court would order a competency hearing and find him unfit to be killed by the state.

However the suit was thrown out and the killer was instead evaluated by a state doctor who found Cole to be fully cooperative.

Attorneys for the state and the victim's family also agreed that Cole's heinous crime meant he deserved to be put to death.

On December 20 2002, baby Brianna Cole, aged 9 months, was killed by her father.

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Cole forcibly bent the infant backward, breaking her spine and ripping her aorta – the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

Prosecutors claimed Cole murdered the girl after he became angry that her cries were interrupting his video game playing.

In a confession to police, Cole admitted to killing his toddler, saying he would "regret his actions for the rest of his life."

In the execution chamber, Cole expressed remorse to "everyone that I have done wrong" but didn't directly address the death of his daughter.

In addition to his schizophrenia, Cole also had a lesion growing on his brain that became worse during his nearly 20-year stint behind bars and impacted the parts of the brain that deal with problem-solving, social interaction and movement.

The sort of lesion he had has also been linked to cases of Parkinson's disease.

Cole's execution took 16 minutes to complete.


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