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Transcripts reveal last words of a killer

By GRAHAM BRINK

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 23, 1998


Hank Earl Carr seemed to spend the hours leading up to his death working up the courage to kill himself.

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Carr begged forgiveness for accidentally shooting his girlfriend's 4-year-old son, according to a transcript of the negotiations with deputies released late Friday.

The transcript, thick with profanity used by Carr and his girlfriend, showed he cried and even joked a few times.

The 30-year-old kept insisting that the negotiators put his girlfriend back on the phone. At one point, he placed the receiver down after saying that he wanted a few minutes to think about good times.

At just past 7:30 p.m. as his girlfriend begged him to give up, Carr put a 9mm handgun to his right temple and pulled the trigger.

Here are three excerpts from the transcript.

Carr spoke with his girlfriend, Bernice Bowen, shortly after she arrived at the Shell station in Hernando County and told her what happened:

Carr: "Baby, I shot two cops in the face and shot one with the (rifle) in the face and then I shot a bunch of other f------ cops and people. There was a big shootout. Every time I went under an interstate they were shooting at me ... They hit me, I'm shot. They shot my wheels out from under me. They're out there with snipers right now aimed at me."

Later, Carr spoke to lead negotiator, Hernando Deputy Marisabel Kelly. He said he was afraid he'd killed more than the three police officers during the rampage and blames the police:

Carr: "I'm sorry. I know you're a cop but those two detectives were being pri---. I just wanted to get away. ... It just went all outta hand ... On the freeway I don't even know who I was. I was so flipped out with adrenaline and people shooting at me and cops chasing me ... I'm a bad person and don't deserve to live."

As the standoff neared an end, Bowen returned to the phone and pleaded with Carr, who she called by his nickname, Boo, to put the gun down as the SWAT team began its assault:

Bowen: "Your daughter's gonna see that her daddy was a punk p---- boy who blowed his f------ head off. Okay. That's what she's gonna see. ... Don't be stupid and don't let her see that."

Carr: "They just busted something."

Bowen: "They did not. I love you. Don't do nothing stupid, please."

Carr: "I'm dying here. I gotta go. I love you. I love you with all my heart, baby."

Bowen: "Boo. Boo don't. Boo don't. No."

The phone goes dead.


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