Death Row is basically a section of the prison in which the criminals wait to be executed. They all are sentenced to death for the crimes they have committed. In the United States of America, all the criminals who have committed a capital crime depend upon the final decision of the judge and the jury. The judge gives the option to the jury to decide between life imprisonment and death sentence. Now, the jury decides unanimously whether to give a death sentence or not.
If the jury finalizes the death sentence. Then, the prisoner has to wait within the death row until all the legal procedures have taken place. Such procedures could continue for several years. So, when a date for the execution is finalized, the prisoner has to perform a ritual. Yes, the ritual is to select the last meal that the prisoner can devour with all freedom. The prisoner himself/herself selects the last meal.
Additionally, the prisoners, at times come up with bizarre and the strangest last meal requests that can literally shock you. So, today I am going to discuss 15 of those strangest meals that were requested by the prisoners, just about to be executed.
So, without any further ado, let’s start!
Victor Harry Feguer
Victor Harry Feguer was sentenced to death for the crimes that he committed. The decision was to hang him to death. Also, Victor Harry Feguer submitted an appeal in order to get some relaxation from the death sentence. However, it was denied. John F. Kennedy was the president at that point in time and only he could have lifted the death sentence. But, the offenses were so grave that the decision remained firm.
So, as the tradition goes, Victor Harry Feguer requested a last meal. The meal was nothing but an olive with a pin in it. Photographer Henry Hargreaves took a photo of this very last meal.
Timothy McVeigh was an American terrorist and was behind the Oklahoma City bombing. The bombing took the lives of several innocent people. Thus, Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death. It was the deadliest attack on the entire humanity which still remains to be an extremely talked-about incident, killing 168 people, injuring around 680 people.
He was 33 when the injection was inserted into him in order to take his life. The injection was lethal to kill him for the murder of 168 people. His last meal was two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Angel Nieves Diaz
Angel Nieves Diaz was also given a lethal injection which was the cause of his death as a punishment. He was 55 years of age when he was sentenced to death in Florida. Basically, he was arrested as he attempted armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder. Though he never admitted to his crimes. Thus, he declined his last meal. So, the prison staff served him the same, old meal that is usually served in a prison. However, he didn’t even bother to have that meal also!
Steven Michael Woods Jr.
Steven Michael Woods Jr. was sentenced to death as he was charged for the capital murder of a drug dealer and his wife. He was quite an active member of the prison. He used to raise voice for the bad treatment of the prisoners present in the death row cell. In 2004, he fought aggressively in order to provide due rights to the inmates. Plus, in 2006, he again participated in a hunger strike so that the inmates of the death row are not treated badly. He appealed for a stay on his sentence to death but it was denied. So, 11 days later, he was killed through a lethal injection.
He requested for a diverse last meal, given as follows:
2lb (1kg) of bacon, a large four-meat pizza, four fried chicken breasts, two drinks each of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, root beer and sweet tea, two pints (1 liter.) of ice cream, five chicken fried steaks, two hamburgers with bacon, fries and a dozen garlic breadsticks with marinara on the side.
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy was an extremely dangerous serial killer who was killed through lethal injection in Illinois. He was charged for rape and murders of 33 innocent people. For his last meal, he requested an assortment of items such as 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.
Ricky Ray Rector
He was put to death through lethal injection in Arkansas. He was charged for 2 murders. For his last meal, he requested a steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and Pecan Pie.
Robert Alton Harris
He was sentenced to death and was killed through a gas chamber. He murdered two teenage boys in San Diego. His last meal was also quite delectable as he requested for: A 21-piece bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, two large Domino’s Pizzas, ice cream, a bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel cigarettes.
Ronnie Threadgill was also killed through a lethal injection at the age of 40. He was sentenced to death due to a murder. He requested a variety of dishes to be included in his last meal such as baked chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy, vegetables, sweet peas, bread, tea, water, and punch.
But, Texas has abolished an option to pick the last meal. So, he was served with the usual meal that is served to other prisoners.
Ronnie Lee Gardner
Ronnie Lee Gardner was sentenced to death for a murder that he committed in 1985. He was executed by the firing squad in 2010 in the state of Utah. He enjoyed his last meal like a boss while watching Lord of the Rings. His last meal included: steak, a lobster tail, an apple pie, and vanilla ice cream.
Ted Bundy is the most dangerous serial killer in history. So, he was sentenced to death and was killed through an electric chair in Florida. He was accused of many crimes such as rape, necrophilia, and around 35 murders. His last meal included: steak cooked medium-rare, eggs over easy, hash browns, toast with butter and jelly, milk, and juice.
Velma Barfield was also killed through a lethal injection. She was arrested for one murder. However, alter it was found out that she murdered six people, including her first and second husband and also her mother. She gave poison as a murder weapon in order to kill. Her last meal request was simple yet quite delectable for her which included: Coca-Cola and Cheez Doodles.
Gregory Paul Lawler
Gregory Paul Lawler attempted to open fire on the Atlanta Police with an AR-15 rifle because of which an officer was killed. She also badly wounded Patricia Cocciolonejust because she dropped his girlfriend home. Patricia suffered a brutal injury with a broken pelvis, damaged intestines, and permanent brain injury.
So, he was sentenced to death. Before his final journey, he asked for several eatery items such as French onion soup, asparagus, rib-eye steak, some baked potato with sour cream, dinner rolls with butter, pistachio ice cream, strawberries, and milk and apple juice.
Karla Faye Tucker
Tucker was accused of killing two people through a pickaxe during a robbery. During the crime, it was said that Tucker was intoxicated. She constantly rejected the death sentence. However, after spending 14 years on death row, she was finally executed with a lethal injection. Her last meal included: a banana, a peach, and a salad with ranch or Italian dressing.
Thomas J Grasso
Grasso was convicted for the brutal murder of an 85-year old woman. He used Christmas lights in order to kill her. His final meal was quite a delight including an assortment of dishes like two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a Burger King double cheeseburger, six barbecued spare ribs, two large milkshakes, tin of SpaghettiOs served at room temperature with meatballs, half a pumpkin pie, and strawberries and cream.
James Edward Smith
James Edward Smith killed an insurance executive, Larry D Rohus by shooting him. It all happened during a robbery, taking place in the insurance office. Rohus even handed him all the money that was available. But, still, James Edward Smith did not hesitate to kill him. So, he was sentenced to death for his cruelty. He asked for a lump of dirt as he wanted to perform a voodoo ritual. However, the prison staff was not allowed to provide him with a lump of dirt. Thus, he asked for yogurt instead.
So, here we have come to an end of our list that showed you 15 of the most insane, bizarre, and strangest last meals of the prisoners present in the death row. Well, all prisoners try their best to have the best meal of their lives because it is obviously going to be their last one.