STARKE, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The state of Florida Wednesday executed Robert Waterhouse, convicted of beating, raping and killing a St. Petersburg woman 32 years ago, officials said.
The Tampa Bay Times reported the 65-year-old killer was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m.EST. at the state prison at Starke.
Waterhouse was 33 when he brutally attacked and killed Debbie Kammerer, 29. Authorities said Kammerer left a bar with Waterhouse on the night of Jan. 2, 1980, and her body was found in the surf in St. Petersburg's Lassing Park the next day.
She had been severely beaten, sexually mutilated with a bottle and had a bloody tampon jammed down her throat. But she didn't die until she drowned, police said.
Evidence indicated she had fought back against her assailant.
Waterhouse didn't confess to investigators but admitted he was an angry drunk with "a real strong sex drive," the Times reported.
It wasn't the first time he had killed, the newspaper said. He had been convicted of raping and strangling a 77-year-old woman in his native Greenport, N.Y., in 1966. He served eight years behind bars before being paroled.
The Times said Waterhouse spent 2 hours Wednesday morning with his wife, Fran Waterhouse of Gainesville, a nurse from California who struck up a pen pal relationship with him while he was on death row and married him in 1988 in a surrogate Mexican marriage.
His last meal was two pork chop cutlets, two eggs sunny side up, two slices of toast, a slice of cherry pie, a pint of butter pecan ice cream, a pint of orange juice and a pint of milk, the newspaper said.
He declined to meet with a religious adviser.