The Last Message
The last words and sounds most of us will ever hear from Woody, at least from his physical embodiment, are preserved on a voicemail message, from a call Woody placed with the help of one of the parishioners. In it Woody says, "It's a political assassination" at least six times, mostly near the beginning of the message, and says, "It's about global warming" at several points in the message. He starts moaning fourteen seconds into the message, and continues throughout the message. He also says "I love you" and "help" and "help me". Although there was some speculation as to whether gunshots could be heard in the message, masked by clipping due to the limited amplitude range of the voicemail system, it is almost certain the the recording began immediately after the shooting. The first sounds that can be heard are loud shouts of "get out" and "handcuffs".
Some press reports, such as the December 9 Boston Globe Article, allege that the call was made before the shooting, perhaps influenced by statements from authorities. Windham County State's Attorney Dan Davis said: "I am unaware of any phone calls he made after he was shot". and later said investigators believe Woodward made no phone calls after he was shot. However, this is clearly not the case, and even the Attorney General found in his report that the recording began immediately after the shooting.
The likely location of the message in the sequence of events on that morning is described in the timeline of the extinguishing of Woody's life.