Harry Charles Moore

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Harry Charles Moore
Born May 5, 1941
Died May 16, 1997(1997-05-16) (aged 56)
Oregon State Penitentiary
Salem, Oregon
Cause of death Lethal injection
Criminal penalty Death
Criminal status Executed
Children 3

Harry Charles Moore (May 5, 1941 – May 16, 1997) was executed for the 1992 murders of Thomas Lauri and Barbara Cunningham. He was the second person executed by the State of Oregon since 1978. He had three children; Jennifer Moore, Lawny Moore, and Aaron Craske.

The crime[edit]

Harry Charles Moore had been married to two of his nieces. Moore shot Thomas Lauri four times in the face with a 9mm handgun in front of a Salem post office. Moore then drove to Cunningham's house and shot her in the stomach. He then fired three more rounds into her head. Cunningham was Moore's half-sister and Lauri was her former husband. Moore said he had killed his relatives because he thought they would move to Las Vegas with his estranged wife and infant daughter, and expose them to a life of prostitution and drugs.

Sentencing and execution[edit]

Harry Charles Moore was sentenced to death on July 20, 1993. Moore later threatened to sue anyone who tried to stop his execution. He also appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court to drop the automatic appeal of his sentence.

As Moore lay dying, he whispered: "I want the last word I say to be Jennifer, J-e-n-n-i-f-e-r." Jennifer is the name of Moore's daughter by his niece Cindy Moore. He had a son prior to Jennifer, and another son after Jennifer.

Moore was executed by lethal injection on May 16, 1997.

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