Thursday, April 28, 2011

"I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead -- not sick, not wounded -- dead." - Woody Allen

One thing I've found weird and fascinating is the last meals of criminals. When Ronnie Lee Gardner, the first to be executed by firing squad in Utah since 1996, had his last meal before a 48-hour fast in June 2010 (his choice, for "spiritual reasons"), he ate lobster, steak, apple pie, vanilla ice cream and 7-Up. Here are some other last meals, some interesting and others ordinary.

(Margie) Velma Barfield (November 1984): declined a special meal, but she did consume Cheez Doodles and a cup of coffee before execution (First woman executed by lethal injection and also first since reinstatement of death penalty in U.S.)
Ted Bundy (January 1989): declined a special meal, so he was given the traditional steak (medium-rare), eggs (over-easy), hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly
Lawrence Buxton (February 1991): Steak (filet mignon), pineapple upside-down cake, tea, punch, and coffee
Ricky Ray Rector
(January 1992): Steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and a pecan pie — which he did not eat, because he said he was saving it for later.
Robert Alton Harris
(April 1992): A 21-piece bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, two large Domino's pizzas (no anchovies), ice cream, a bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel cigarettes (Alton is more famous for his last words, a play off a line from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. Before execution, he said, "You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the grim reaper." The original line from the film is "You might be a King or a little street sweeper but sooner or later, you'll dance with the Reaper.")
John Wayne Gacy
(May 1994): a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, french fries, a pound of strawberries
Richard Beavers
(1994): six pieces of french toast with butter and syrup, six barbecued spare ribs, six "well-burnt" pieces of bacon, four scrambled eggs, five "well-cooked" sausage patties, french fries with ketchup, three slices of cheese, two pieces of yellow cake with chocolate fudge icing, four cartons of milk
William George Bonin
(February 1996): Two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of chocolate ice cream, and fifteen cans of Coca-Cola
Karla Faye Tucker
(February 1998): Banana, peach, and garden salad with ranch dressing
Dobie Gillis Williams
(January 1999): Twelve candy bars and some ice cream
Allen Lee Davis
(July 1999): one lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half-pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, half a loaf of garlic bread, and 32 ounces of A&W root beer
Kenneth Dunn
(August 1999): beef fajitas, stir-fry beef, three eggs, six cinnamon rolls, one pecan pie, one cherry pie, diet cream soda  
Alan Willett (September 1999): beef jerky, barbecue-flavored potato chips, onion dip, garlic dip, buttered popcorn, Pepsi
William Prince Davis
(September 1999): fried chicken, bowl of chili w/cheese, 5 rolls, 2 packages of BBQ chips, a six pack of Coke
Odell Barnes
(March 2000): Justice, Equality, World Peace
Timothy McVeigh
(June 2001): two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream (PETA had written a letter to the warden insisting that his meal be meat-free, but it didn't matter because the ice cream was his request.)
Ron Shamburger
(September 2002): Nachos with chilli and cheese, one bowl of slice jalapenos, one bowl of picante sauce, two large onions (sliced and grilled), tacos (with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese), and toasted corn tortilla shells
Aileen Wuornos
(October 2002): hamburger and snack food from prison canteen, coffee
Brian Toles
(July 2003): four fried chicken breasts, mashed potatoes and gravy, two foot-long chili cheese dogs, chili cheese fries, three Bama pecan pies, cream soda
Leonard Rojas
(December 2002): One whole fried chicken (extra crispy), salad with Thousand Island dressing, french toast, two Diet Cokes, one apple pie, and french fries
Harold Lloyd McElmurry
(July 2003): Canadian bacon pizza, pint of chicken livers, cottage cheese, one raw white onion
Tommy Jerry Fortenberry
(August 2003): vending machine snacks
Dennis Wayne Bagwell (February 2005): Medium rare steak with A1 Steak Sauce, fried chicken breasts and thighs, BBQ ribs, French fries, onion rings, bacon, scrambled eggs with onions, fried potatoes with onions, sliced tomatoes, salad with ranch dressing, two hamburgers, peach pie, milk, coffee, and iced tea with real sugar
Michael Bruce Ross
(May 2005): declined a special meal and instead ate the prison's regular meal for the day - turkey à la king with rice, mixed vegetables, white bread, fruit, and a beverage
Wesley Eugene Baker (December 2005): Breaded fish, pasta marinara, green beans, orange fruit punch, bread, and milk (according to notes, this was the regular meal served at the prison that day)
Daniel "Danny" Harold Rolling
(October 2006): lobster, shrimp, strawberry cheesecake
Donnell Okeith Jackson
(November 2006): two double-meat bacon burgers, bbq ribs, freedom fries, onion rings, root beer soda, banana split ice cream and peach cobbler
Phillip Workman
(May 2007): He declined a special meal for himself, but he asked for a large vegetarian pizza to be given to a homeless person in Nashville, Tennessee. This request was denied by the prison, but carried out by others across the country
Henry Martinez Porter (N/A): Flour tortillas, T-bone steak, refried beans, tossed salad, jalapeño peppers, ice cream, and chocolate cake
James Edward Smith (N/A): requested a lump of dirt, which was denied. He settled for a small cup of yogurt
Karl Eugene Chamberlain (N/A): A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, lunch meat, deviled eggs, six fried cheese-stuffed jalapeños, a chef salad with ranch dressing, onion rings, french fries, a cheeseburger, two fried chicken breasts, barbecue pork rolls, an omelet, milk, and orange juice
Murl Daniels
(N/A): orange juice, grape juice, fried chicken, fried oysters, chili, potatoes, Limburger cheese, bread and butter, vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, chocolate cake and coffee

AND PROBABLY THE STRANGEST LAST MEAL REQUEST EVER...

Archie Williams (July 2002): Requested that he be served his cellmate, John Pierson. Pierson was also on death row awaiting execution when he and Williams made a pact that whoever was scheduled for execution first would request to eat the other. Of course, this request was denied. It's unknown what he was served as a substitute.

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