The last meal is customary part of a convicted criminals last day. Some states, like Texas, have done away with the tradition, but the vast majority still allow death row inmates to choose their last meal.
So what does a convicted killer who’s terrorized a community and cost the taxpayers millions of dollars choose to eat for their last day on earth?
Convicted of the murders of seven men in Florida. Executed by lethal injection on October 9, 1992. She declined her last meal and asked for a cup of coffee instead.
John Wayne Gacy
The “Killer Clown” raped and killed at least 33 teenaged boys. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.
Gacy requested a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.
Charming psychopath extraordinaire Bundy confessed to murdering 30 women. He was electrocuted on January 24, 1989.
His last meal was declined, and although he was offered a tradition plate of steak, eggs, hash browns and coffee, he didn’t eat.
Convicted of six murders, she was the first woman in the U.S. to be executed by lethal injection. The “Death Row Granny” requested bag of Cheez Doodles and a can of Coke.
Dennis Wayne Bagwell
He murdered his half-sister and her 4-year-old daughter, as well as two more women. Bagwell was executed in Texas on February 17, 2005, by lethal injection.
He requested: a steak, medium rare with A1 Sauce, three fried chicken breast, three fried chicken thighs, BBQ ribs, a large order of french fries, a large order of onion rings, a pound of fried bacon, a dozen scrambled eggs with onions, fried tatters with onions, sliced tomatoes, a salad with ranch dressing, two hamburgers with everything, peach pie or cobbler, ketchup, salt and pepper, milk and coffee, ice tea with real sugar.
Bruno Richard Hauptmann
A German immigrent, Hauptmann was convicted of kidnapping and killing 20 month old Charles Lindbergh Jr. He was executed on April 3, 1936, in “Old Sparky,” the infamous electric chair at New Jersey State Prison.
His last meal consisted of celery, olives, chicken, french fries, buttered peas, cherries, and a slice of cake.
Convicted of killing Dr. Edward Bartels and executed by hanging on March 15, 1963. He was the last person put to death in Iowa.
His last meal request? A single olive with the pit still inside.
The Freeway Killer was convicted of the rape and murder of at least 14 boys and men across the country, but the number of victims is believed to be much higher.
He was executed on February 23, 1996. His requested two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of chocolate ice cream, and fifteen cans of Coke.
Murdered two men in Utah and gained notoriety for demanding his own death sentence be fulfilled. He was the first person executed after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated it. He was executed by firing squad.
His last meal: hamburger, eggs, potatoes and smuggled bourbon.
A terrorist who detonated a bom in front of the US Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. 168 people were killed and over 800 injured. He was executed by lethal injection on July 11, 2001.
His last meal consisted of 2 pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
What would you choose as your last meal? I think I’d have to go full on Italian. Maybe a sausage casserole or sausage penne with some spicy vodka sauce. And a bottle of Moscotto. Go out in style.
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