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Condemned Man Says in Interview He’s Ready to Die

June 22, 1989

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) _ A confessed double murderer said he found religion while in prison and became convinced he had no option but to be executed Friday for killing two men he thought were homosexual.

″Every man who has committed a crime of murder knows deep down inside he should die for taking another man’s life,″ Sean Patrick Flanagan, 28, said Wednesday in an interview. ″These men have no right to life.″

Flanagan, 28, said he would not pursue appeals that could prevent him from death by lethal injection, scheduled Friday.

″There is nothing that could keep me from that. I’m paying my debt to society,″ he said. ″If I had to live, I’d live. I do not have that choice.″

Flanagan would be the fourth person put to death in Nevada and the 114th nationally since the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to resume use of the death penalty. He also would be the second person executed this week in Nevada.

Flanagan apologized to the families of his victims for ″the horrible burdens I’ve put in their lives. I hope they’ll understand my execution is proper and just.″

He said he got involved in homosexual activity while in the Marines.

″I’m just as wicked and nasty as Ted Bundy. I believe if I had not been arrested, I would have ended up being another Ted Bundy against homosexuals,″ he said.

Bundy was executed earlier this year in Florida after admitting to the serial killings of women throughout the country.

But Flanagan said he is no longer violence-prone. ″After giving my life to Jesus, I couldn’t hurt anybody again,″ he said.

Flanagan said his family has accepted his decision, and some relatives visited him to pray, sing and read the Bible.

Flanagan provided a rambling seven-page statement in which he said he hated his homosexuality. He said it was difficult for him to determine what made him kill homosexual men, but ″the thought that I would be doing some good for our society crossed my mind.″

Flanagan said he got married in his early 20s although the marriage fell apart because of ″my heavy drinking and running around.″

Flanagan said he began wandering around the country in 1983, and in 1987 fled to Las Vegas after stealing $2,150 from a bowling alley where he had worked. He said he lost all his money drinking and gambling.

The first of his victims befriended him, bought him some clothes and got him a room, Flanagan said. James Lewandowski, a 45-year-old chef, was strangled and dismembered. The body parts were put in plastic bags and tossed into a trash bin near the motel. The remains were never recovered.

Four days later, he said he strangled pianist Albert Duggins, 59, after Duggins offered him a ride and Flanagan concluded the man was homosexual.

Flanagan was arrested in Orange, Calif., for jaywalking shortly after Duggins’ death and voluntarily returned to Las Vegas where he led detectives to the man’s body in a vacant lot.