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Man who beat 2 women with hammer and set them ablaze executed

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Robert L. Henry, 55, convicted of murdering two women in 1987 by first beating them with a hammer and then setting them on fire, was executed by lethal injection on the evening of March 20 and pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. at Florida State Prison.

Henry worked with his two female victims, Phyllis Harris, 53, and Janet Thermidor, 35, at a fabric store in Deerfield Beach, according to Fox News. In addition to the murders, Henry also robbed his place of employment for a grand total of $1,200.

After beating his victims with a hammer and setting them both on fire, Henry left the two women for dead inside the fabric store. But Thermidor survived just long enough to identify Henry to the police who found her “beaten and burned.”

Thermidor died from her injuries shortly after providing a recorded statement to police.

Initially, Henry claimed someone else was responsible for his atrocities, but eventually confessed.

According to police statements and trial records, Henry told Harris after the store closed on Nov. 2, 1987, that some unknown robbers had ordered him to “tie her up and blindfold her.”

Henry took Harris to a restroom, tied her to a urinal, then went to the store's office where he hit Thermidor repeatedly on the head with hammer, doused her with a flammable liquid and set her on fire.

Afterwards, Henry returned to the restroom where Harris was tied up and blindfolded, and beat her with a hammer before setting her on fire as well.

"You talk about atrocious, heinous, cruel, vile or wicked. He literally burned them up," Broward County prosecutor Michael Satz told the jury that convicted Henry in 1988. This is a case that nightmares are made of."

Henry’s last meal this evening consisted of red beans and rice, pecan pie, ice cream and orange juice, according to a prison spokesperson.

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