The last meal is a pretty odd tradition. For those of you that are unaware, it goes a little something like this… There is a guy in prison that is about to be executed. Presumably he is a pretty bad guy, or you know, the whole execution thing would not be happening. Anyway, so right before the guy gets put in the electric chair, hung, given a lethal injection, or given any other means of ending his life, he gets offered a last meal before he is killed.
So as you might imagine there are a lot of different responses to this. Some prisoners of course say “No thanks,” because really, who cares- you are going to be dead soon and all that. Others try and think of the most lavish meal possible, as if it were some sort of treat that they were receiving. Others try to order something that is kind of odd, as one last way to get back at “The Man.” Some prisons require that the inmate order food that can be cooked in the prison, others allow them to order out from local dining establishments.
Regardless of what these people were trying to accomplish, many of them ordered something totally nasty for their last meal. What a waste, right? But you have to remember, most of these guys were murderers, so making good life choices was not really their thing. I mean, you’ll see they probably could have done just a little bit better. In any case, here are the 15 nastiest meals requested by death row inmates.
15. Andrew Lackey – Turkey Bologna
Sometimes it just boggles the mind what some of these people want. If I were to be given a list, probably the last thing I would imagine someone asking for if they were to have a last meal would be turkey bologna. It just really is not a high end item, you know? But tell that to Andrew Lackey, a murderer who was convicted of killing an 80-year-old man because he thought he had a safe in his home filled with gold bars and cash. This is the truly sad and also ridiculous thing about most of these cases. A man kills another man attempting to get rich, and then dies in prison by being executed while choosing a last meal of bologna. Kids- stay in school, don’t steal, don’t murder, and also have better taste then to consider bologna as something you would have for a last meal.
14. Charles Starkweather – Cold Cuts
Charles Starkweather is one of the more famous killers of our time. His story has inspired more than a few movies, including Badlands and Natural Born Killers. He was still a teenager when he took off with his 14-year-old girlfriend and murdered 11 people on a killing spree that took place in Nebraska and Wyoming over two months. His girlfriend always claimed she was being held hostage, but that is in doubt as she had plenty of chances to escape. Bruce Springsteen‘s song Nebraska is also inspired by Starkweather and his bloody exploits. Starkweather was offered steak as a last meal, but he declined, and asked for a plate of cold cuts instead. Cold cuts over steak? The guy obviously was a rebel until the end.
13. Gary Carl Simmons Jr. – All Sorts Of Nasty Stuff
Simmons was in prison for a particularly brutal pair of murders and a rape. If you ask me, he also should have been imprisoned for being a glutton. According to Wikipedia, his last meal was “one Pizza Hut medium Super Supreme Deep Dish pizza, with double portions of mushrooms, onions, jalapeño peppers, and pepperoni.” Then he had a second pizza with three cheeses, olives, bell pepper, tomato, garlic, and Italian sausage. It doesn’t end there as he followed that up by eating 10 eight-ounce packs of Parmesan cheese, 10 eight-ounce packs of ranch dressing, one family size bag of Doritos (nacho cheese flavor), eight ounces of jalapeño nacho cheese, four ounces of sliced jalapeños, two large strawberry shakes, two 20-ounce cherry Cokes, one super-size order of McDonald’s fries with extra ketchup and mayonnaise, and two pints of strawberry ice cream. Seriously? Come on, man. Just die already.
12. Gary Gilmore – Whiskey And Eggs
Gary Gilmore was not the most famous killer because of his crime, but became very well known because of the book The Executioner’s Song which won the Pulitzer Prize and was later turned into a movie. Gilmore was more of a depraved criminal than a thrill killer. He would kill people while he was committing other crimes. As opposed to most prisoners that wanted to live, even while in prison, Gilmore demanded to be executed. His last meal was a hamburger, hard-boiled eggs, a baked potato, a few cups of coffee, and three shots of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Honestly, that all sounds okay except for the hard boiled eggs, but the eggs are enough to put him on this list. He was executed by a firing squad, which is ridiculously old school.
11. Velma Barfield – Cheese Doodles And Coke
Velma was a serial killer and a rather unlikely one. Although she was only convicted on one murder, she later confessed to six. Her thing was mostly poisoning and arson and things of that nature. All of a sudden it seemed like pretty much everyone she hung out with turned up dead. When she was imprisoned she was the only woman that was on death row in North Carolina. Her last meal was a bag of cheese doodles and a 12-ounce coke. This leads one to think that possibly a bad diet was the reason for her killing all those people. You know, when your mom used to tell you how bad sugar was for you, and how it could mess with your thoughts and emotions? Well, it seemed like Velma was kind of “Hangry” pretty much all of the time.
10. Victor Feguer – An Olive With The Pit In It
This guy. Really? Worst last meal ever! Feguer was a drifter who kidnapped and killed a doctor. In theory he had killed the doctor because he was looking for whatever drugs that he could get from him. I don’t know Victor, if you wanted the drugs that badly there probably were some other crimes that you could have committed that were just a little bit less horrific, but just like everyone else on this list, he obviously was not the best at making good decisions. Feguer was obviously kind of a minimalist; he did not go for any ridiculously extravagant meal. In fact, for his last meal he requested an olive with the pit still in it. He was executed by hanging. He was killed wearing a suit, and the pit from the olive was found in one of his pockets.
9. William Bonin – Pizza, Ice Cream, And Coke
What is it with all of these big bad killers that eat like they are 12 year olds? Bonin was a straight up serial killer; he was convicted of 21 murders and thought to be responsible for around 15 more in Southern California. He was known as “The Freeway Killer” and preyed on young men and boys. His last meal was two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of chocolate ice cream, and three six-packs of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Seriously, dude? You are about to be put to death and you get all excited about drinking 18 Cokes and Pepsis? If you are wondering if he showed remorse before he died, well, Bonin said that his “only real regret was that he had not pursued his teenage passion of bowling long enough to have turned professional.”
8. Thomas Grasso – Didn’t Get His SpaghettiOs
Thomas Grasso was on death row for a couple of murders. One of which was an 87-year- old woman who he strangled with her Christmas tree lights before robbing her of $4. His last meal was two-dozen steamed mussels, two-dozen steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, a half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie with whipped cream and diced strawberries, and a 16-ounce can of spaghetti with meatballs, served at room temperature. He later put out a public statement complaining that he had requested SpaghettiOs, not spaghetti. His statement read: “I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.” Way to keep it classy, Thomas.
7. Stephen Wayne Anderson – Cottage Cheese And Radishes
Anderson was truly a bad dude. He was incarcerated for a series of burglaries, then while incarcerated, killed another inmate. He eventually escaped from prison, where he did a contract killing in Nevada, and was eventually arrested for killing an elderly woman during yet another burglary. After he killed her he sat on her couch and was eating a bowl of noodles and watching TV when the police showed up. While obviously Anderson was a totally horrible person, just as obvious is that he had equally horrible taste in food. According to Wikipedia, his last meal was “two grilled cheese sandwiches, one pint of cottage cheese, a hominy/corn mixture, one slice of peach pie, one pint of chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes.” Weird.
6. Robert Alton Harris – Was Tricked Into Eating A Tombstone Pizza
Robert Alton Harris was imprisoned for murdering two teenage boys. He killed them to use their car during a bank robbery. One of the police officers that arrested him was one of the fathers of the kids that he killed, but the officer did not know that until later. So what did this awesome citizen order for his last meal? 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. The pizza was not from Dominos though. They tricked him and gave him a Tombstone frozen pizza instead. Obviously this was a horrible thing to do to him. Poor Robert. But you know, who ever said that life was fair?
5. Marion Pruett – Four Whoppers
Marion Pruett was a spree killer who actually murdered a bunch of people when he was in the witness protection program. You can’t make this stuff up. He got a stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut, four Burger King Whoppers, a large order of French fries, three two-liter bottles of Pepsi, a bucket of ice, a bottle of ketchup, salt, fried eggplant, fried squash, fried okra, and a pecan pie, according to Wikipedia. That seems like a lot of food for one guy, even if it is a last meal. Marion, always generous to the end, said that he was going to share his meal with another inmate, set to be executed the same day. He also said he really wanted roast duck, but did not think the prison would make that for him, so the poor guy had to settle for a bunch of whoppers.
4. Lawrence Russell Brewer – Ordered Enough For Ten Men, Then Turned It Down
Lawrence Brewer was another on this list who was just a total waste of humanity. He was a white supremacist who was one of the people that murdered James Byrd by dragging him behind a truck. For his last meal he ordered: two chicken-fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger with fixings on the side, a cheese omelet (with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños), a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup, one pound of barbecue with half a loaf of white bread, three fajitas with fixings, a Meat Lovers pizza, three root beers, one pint of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. He didn’t eat any of it though, which caused the state of Texas to stop giving last meals to inmates. Come on man, you ruined it for all of your murdering buddies still on death row!
3. Gary Heidnik – Pizza And Coffee
Gary Heidnik was a really creepy guy. If you don’t recall, he was the guy who kidnapped numerous women and held them captive in his basement for years. He killed some of them, and some were still there when he was arrested. His defense for this was that they were already there when he moved in. Good try Gary, but I don’t think that one fooled anyone. His last meal was not so nasty as it was unimaginative. He got two slices of cheese pizza and two cups of coffee. Really? Come on Gary, if you are going to ask for something make it good. Pizza and coffee? Heidnik was executed in Pennsylvania in 1999- no one has been executed in that state since. Which makes sense since no one in that state could possibly be as bad as Heidnik.
2. Bobby Wayne Woods – Two Pitchers Of Milk
Woods is yet another guy who is a totally awful person. Although, I guess when you think about it, most murderers are. He was convicted of murdering and raping his ex- girlfriend’s daughter. His last meal was: two chicken fried steaks, two fried chicken breasts, three pork chops, two burgers, four slices of bread, a half-pound of fried potatoes, a half-pound of onion rings, chocolate cake, and two pitchers of milk. So we not only know that Bobby is an awful person, but we know he is pretty disgusting in other ways, too. In the year that he was executed, which was 2009, he was the 24th person executed in Texas. Those guys do not mess around there, not even a little bit.
1. Timothy McVeigh – Two Pints Of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Timothy McVeigh was a domestic terrorist. By bombing a federal building he was hoping to inspire revolution against the American Government. His attack killed 160 people and injured over 600. After he was sentenced to death he was executed a fairly short time afterwards. Before his execution, he asked for two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream. So did they keep one in a freezer until he was done with the first one, or did he just eat both of them as fast as he possibly could? Why didn’t he ask for a quart instead of two pints? Is it really normal for a man who tried to bring down the government to ask for ice cream before he is executed by the very same government? This is the kind of thing that keeps me up at night.