Robert Towery, Killer About To Be Executed, Wrote Us A Very Nice Letter

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Death row inmate Robert Towery.

If all goes according to plan, death row inmate Robert Towery will die tomorrow, moments after Arizona authorities inject him with a lethal poison.

Towery has been residing on the row at the state prison in Florence for two decades, since being sentenced in the horrific September 1991 Paradise Valley murder of philanthropist Mark Jones.

The robbery/murder (which involved an accomplice who turned state's evidence against Towery in exchange for a reduced sentence) had many distinct similarities to last month's high-profile murders of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro.

Both cases involved elderly victims who were accosted, beaten, kidnapped, robbed (their cars and other items and money) and eventually killed in their own Paradise Valley homes. The Shapiros, however, were shot to death, and Towery strangled the 69-year-old man to death with a flex-cuff after injecting him ("three or four times" in the arms, according to the cohort) with battery acid.

The battery acid allegation is what the general public from that era remembers most about Towery's crime.

"They had known each other really good in order for the trust to be like that," Towery's accomplice, Randy Allen Barker, told police. "The guy [Jones] was really cool the whole time we was in there."

The duo were caught after someone called Silent Witness. Akin to the current Shapiro case, police found items belonging to Mr. Jones in Towery's possession.

Towery went by the moniker of "Chewie" in those days, and he was a hardcore druggie--methamphetamine was a favorite--with a bad-ass penchant for the strong-arm robbing of people when it suited him.

He knew Mark Jones from when he worked at a car-repair shop, and that was how he talked his way into the older man's home fully intending to rob and probably to kill.

It doesn't get a whole lot worse than that.

Late last year, we contemplated an in-depth story on the recently late-blooming relationship between Robert Towery and his son, a University of Arizona student. Towery had gone off to prison shortly after the young man's birth, and the pair didn't communicate at all for years.

But they did forge a terribly strong bond in the last few years, which included prison visits and letters, and we contacted both men after we learned of the situation, thinking of what used to be known as a "human interest" story--Phoenix New Times-style, that is.

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25 comments
Marcy
Marcy

If meth addicts were given all the free meth they wanted there would be some pleasant upsides:

1) They wouldn't need to rob and murder people to get money for their habit
2) They would be more likely to drop dead from an overdose
3) The meth cartels would be put out of business

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mr. Towery, you chose to do unto others as 'they' (we) are about to do unto you. It sounds like you might consider yourself a victim. Many folks won't agree. I hope your son is nothing like you.

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

Thank God for fatal drugs................Good night moron...

Tgadway
Tgadway

Rather ironic...I read the article, then it is tied off concluding with an ad for a gun shop. Coincidence, yes. Welcome to America.

deano
deano

so long killer...10 yrs too late in my book.  I only wish he could be killed slowly.

butterflydddd
butterflydddd

 What does this even mean.........................? ? ? ?

FLUKEBAGGER
FLUKEBAGGER

And some of the negatives.

More murders while addicts are in meth induced psychoses.

More rapes, meth does that to people.

More domestic violence.

More Burglaries, robberies as meth addicts cannot keep a job.

Whenever something is free more people will want it.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 I dont agree with that statement either. I think that many people in America do not support the death penalty. It's barbaric and puts us inline with Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

What you mean, "we," white man? Not everyone supports the death penalty. Some of us even believe it drags the whole of society down to the level of thugs and murderers.

Jhannon
Jhannon

As Gandhi once said, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."  

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 the drugs they are using are actually not designed to be lethal, they give them intentional overdoses.

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

Porterhouse steak, Sauteed mushrooms, Baked potato with butter and sour cream, Steamed asparagus, Clam chowder, Pepsi, Milk, Apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

X-vicky-
X-vicky-

does anyone no what his final meal was

frank_0888
frank_0888

sounds like your no better than he was...

Mary Jane
Mary Jane

Firstly, why on earth would you want that for another human being and secondly, why would you want his family to suffer in the way that the victim's family suffered?  

MM
MM

You're a bad person.

X-vicky-
X-vicky-

i dont like the death penalty but i no you need it in your country we to need it bringing back in england also our prisons are like holiday camps

Justmededra
Justmededra

A porterhouse steak, apple pie & vanilla ice cream

jhannon
jhannon

The rage to punish, often sadistic in its true nature, does not allow for rational thought or any attempt to consider the feelings of an offender's family and friends.  Those who fantasize about slow, painful deaths are fascist fodder, excellent candidates for the role of torturer, or kapo, because they easily dehumanize the "other."  Also, viewing the offender as evil and stating no kinship with him enables the "righteously" vengeful to see himself as the total opposite, and therefore completely innocent and good.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

why so your country can act blood thirsty like our failure of a country looks? The only countries other than America that have the death penalty are all in the Middle East.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 they are also the ones that have never known anyone that was murdered, of IF they did, they let the murderers win by doing something as barbaric as the murderers did.

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