Guest Author - Vance R. Rowe
How many of us have thought about what our last meal request would be, should we commit some heinous crime that lands us on Death Row? I have thought about it and if I could have anything I wanted, my choices would probably be, two large pepperoni pizzas with onions and jalapenos, a dozen hot Buffalo wings, a two liter bottle of Pepsi, and a half gallon of chocolate milk. I know, it is nothing exotic but I prefer the comfort foods for something like that.
The following are requests from actual death row inmates for their last meals, some are really off the wall and some are pretty basic. However, one prisoner requested dirt as his last meal and when it was refused, he settled for a cup of yogurt.
Timothy McVeigh, the man executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing, requested just two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
The Gainesville Ripper, Danny Rolling requested lobster tail, butterfly shrimp, sweet tea , a baked potato and a strawberry cheesecake.
Odelle Barnes, a Texas man convicted of killing a woman during a home invasion requested Justice, Equality and World Peace for his last meal before he was executed in 2000. Authorities are still working on that.
Delbert Teague Junior wanted no food for his last request until he was scolded by his mother and then ate a cheeseburger as his last meal.
Teresa Lewis was sent to death row after she was convicted of murdering her husband and stepson and requested fried chicken, apple pie, peas and butter and a Dr. Pepper for her last meal.
In doing research for this article I found a lot of people requested fried chicken as their meal. I guess they preferred the comfort foods as well.
Allan Lee Davis was convicted and sentenced to death by electric chair for the murder of a pregnant woman and her two children. His last meal request consisted of a lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, a half loaf of garlic bread and a two liter bottle of root beer.
Victor Feguer, the last man executed in Iowa, was hanged for kidnapping and murder and requested a single olive with the pit in it. He thought that by eating this, an olive tree would grow from his corpse.
The infamous Ted Bundy refused to order a last meal so he was given what was on the prison menu. He was given steak, two over easy eggs, hash browned potatoes, juice and milk as his last meal. He didn't eat any of it.
John Wayne Gacy requested a bucket of original recipe fried chicken from KFC, twelve fried shrimp, french fries and strawberries.
Ronnie Lee Gardner requested a last meal of lobster tail, steak, 7-UP soda, apple pie and vanilla ice cream and wanted to eat it while watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Finally, we will finish up with a man who single-handedly ended the last meal requests in the state of Texas. Lawrence Russell Brewer made the ridiculous request of ordering a 35,000 calorie meal consisting of two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy and onions, a cheese and beef omelette, a triple bacon cheeseburger, three fajitas, tomatoes, a meat lover's pizza, bell peppers, jalapenos, a pound of barbecued, meat, half a loaf of bread, a bowl of okra, three root beers, a slab of peanut butter fudge and a pint of ice cream.
The request was granted and he didn't take a bite of anything so this ended the last meal requests in the state of Texas.
Have you ever wondered why prisoners received a last meal request? Well, it started centuries ago in pre-modern Europe. It was believed that granting a condemned prisoner a last meal would bring peace to the host and that the ghost of the prisoner would not come back and haunt those who were responsible for their death.
What would your last meal be? Come by the crime forum and share it with us.