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What Notorious Criminals Ate Before They Were Executed

by Napps Pascal

Last month, Texas decided to do away with its long tradition of allowing death row inmates to request a final last meal.That’s too bad.While it’s common for condemned prisoners not to be served what they ask for — due to budget or other culinary restrictions — there are still many outlandish requests.From buckets of fried chicken to pints of chocolate chip ice cream, here’s what a few of the nation’s infamous criminals asked to chow down on before they were sent to the death chamber.

Timothy McVeigh: two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream

Timothy McVeigh was put to death by lethal injection in Indiana on June 11, 2001, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

The mass murderer requested two pints of Ben & Jerry’s mint chocolate chip ice cream for his final meal, which he ate in a windowless 9-by-14-foot holding cell the night before he was executed.

Victor Feguer: a single, unpitted olive

Convicted for the murder of Dr. Edward Bartles, Victor Feguer was executed by hanging on March 15, 1963, in Iowa.

Feguer chose a single olive with a pit for his last meal, reportedly saying he hoped the tree that symbolizes peace would sprout from his grave. The olive pit was found in his suit pocket when he was buried.

Aileen Carol Wuornos: a cup of coffee

Aileen Carol Wuornos: a cup of coffee


Serial killer and prostitute Aileen Carol Wuornos was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002, for the murder of seven men in Florida.

Wuornos declined a special last meal and was instead served a cup of coffee.

John Wayne Gracy: deep fried shrimp, a bucket of KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries

Before his execution by lethal injection on May 10, 1994, in Illinois, John Wayne Gacy, also known as the “Killer Clown,” wanted a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.

Ted Bundy: steak and eggs

Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair on January 24, 1989, after confessing to the murder of 30 women.

The infamous serial killer declined a last meal, so he was offered a traditional plate of steak, eggs, hash browns, and coffee instead — none of which he ate.

Velma Barfield: Cheez Doodles and a can of Coca-Cola

Velma Barfield, later dubbed the “Death Row Granny,” was the first woman to be executed by lethal injection in 1984 since the reinstatement of capital punishment seven years prior.

Barfied asked for a bag of Cheez Doodles and a can of Coca-Cola in place of a formal last meal.

James Edwards Smith: yogurt after being denied a lump of dirt

James Edwards Smith, who was executed in Texas in June 1990, takes the prize for one of the strangest last meal requests: a lump of dirt.

Since dirt was not on the institution’s list of approved foods, prison officials denied the request and Smith was given yogurt instead.

Teresa Lewis: fried chicken, sweet peas, Dr. Pepper, and German chocolate cake

On September 23, 2010, Teresa Lewis became the first woman to be executed by lethal injection in Virgina in almost a century, after pleading guilty to conspiring in the murders of her stepson and husband.

Lewis ordered a fairly traditional last supper that included fried chicken, sweat peas with butter, Dr. Pepper and German chocolate cake for dessert.

Philip Workman: denied a final meal but asked that vegetable pizza be donated to the homeless

Philip Workman was put to death in May 2009 in Nashville for the murder of a police officer.

In place of his final meal, Workman asked that a vegetarian pizza be donated to homeless people in the area. While prison officials refused to grant the criminal’s wish, surrounding homeless shelters were inundated with pizzas in honor of Workman’s request on the day of his execution.

Lawrence Russell Brower: two chicken-fried steaks, a bacon cheeseburger, an omelet, barbecued meat, fried okra, fajitas, pizza, ice cream, and peanut butter fudge

Thanks to Lawrence Russell Brower’s over-the-top last meal request before he was executed this past September, Texas inmates lost the privilege to choose their own final supper.

What did the elaborate meal request consist of?

  • two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions
  • a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger
  • a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños
  • a bowl of fried okra with ketchup
  • one pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread
  • three fajitas
  • a meat-lover’s pizza
  • one pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream
  • a slab of peanut-butter fudge with crushed peanuts
  • three root beers.

Brewer reportedly didn’t eat anything from this list, claiming he wasn’t hungry.

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