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Monday, 11 June, 2001, 14:39 GMT 15:39 UK
McVeigh's final statement
Timothy McVeigh did not utter any last words or wishes before he was administered the lethal injection that killed him.
Before his execution he did, however, deliver the prison warden a poem, Invictus, written in 1875 by the British poet William Ernest Henley.
Henley, a poet, author, editor and critic, was born in Gloucester on 23 August 1849 and died in Woking, near London, on 11 July 1903.
As a child, he suffered from a tubercular disease that later necessitated the amputation of his foot.
During his nearly two-year stay in a hospital in Edinburgh (1873-1875), he wrote poetry about his experience in the infirmary, his thirst for life, and the struggle against his disease.
It was his most popular poem from that period, Invictus, that McVeigh chose to use as his final statement:
Invictus is the Latin word for unconquerable.