Currently in the United States, a ‘last meal’ refers to a special requested meal by an inmate on death row one or two days before execution. Some states have restrictions on their ‘last meal’ like Florida only having a $40 limit and must be purchased locally. Alcohol and tobacco are usually barred from being part of a ‘last meal.’ Some items on a prisoner’s meal request may be replaced if found unavailable or unusual.
Texas recently abolished the special meal request in September 2011 due to one inmate, Lawrence Russell Brewer, requesting a grandiose meal and then refusing to eat it. He ordered 2 chicken-fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions, 1 triple-patty bacon cheeseburger, 1 cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapeños, 1 bowl of fried okra with ketchup, 1 pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread, 3 fajitas, 1 meat lover’s pizza (topped with pepperoni, beef, bacon, sausage, and ham), 1 pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream, 1 slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts, and 3 root beers. This inmate ended the 87 year reign of Texas’s ‘last meal’ tradition within their prison system.
Below are some ‘last meal’ requests by infamous inmates along with some documented unique requests.
Conviction: 6 counts of 1st degree murder of 7 men. Claimed the men she killed was in self-defense while working as a prostitute due to rape or attempted rape
Execution Date: Florida. October 9, 2002 (aged 46) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: She declined a special meal, but had a hamburger and other snack food from the prison’s canteen. Later, she drank a cup of coffee.
Allen Lee Davis
Conviction: 3 counts of murder. 1 including the beating and murder of a pregnant woman along with the shooting of her two daughters (ages 9 and 5)
Execution: Florida. July 8, 1999 (aged 54) by electrocution
LAST MEAL: One lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half-pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, half a loaf of garlic bread, and 32 ounces of A&W root beer.
Bruno Richard Hauptmann
Conviction: Infamous Baby Lindbergh kidnapping and murder
Execution: New Jersey. April 3, 1936 (aged 36) by electrocution
LAST MEAL: Celery, olives, chicken, French fries, buttered peas, cherries, and a slice of cake.
Clarence Ray Allen
Conviction: 2 counts of murder, 3 counts of burglary
Execution: Utah. January 17, 2006 (aged 76) by hanging
LAST MEAL: Buffalo steak, Kentucky Fried Chicken, sugar-free pecan pie and sugar-free black walnut ice cream.
Dobie Gillis Williams
Conviction: Murder of a woman named Sonja Knippers. Some dispute his conviction.
Execution: Louisiana. January 8, 1999 by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: Twelve chocolate bars and some ice cream.
John Wayne Gacy
Conviction: 33 counts of murder of young males in which he hid their bodies in the crawlspace under his house
Execution: Illinois. May 10, 1994 (aged 52) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: A dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.
Joseph Mitchell Parsons
Conviction: The murder of Richard Lynn Ernest. Parsons hitched a ride with Ernest in California and stabbed him to death at a remote rest area in Utah. After assuming Ernest’s identity, Parsons continued to insist that he was Ernest when he was later arrested
Execution: Utah. October 15, 1999 (aged 35) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: Three Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of fries, a chocolate shake, chocolate chip ice cream, and a package of grape Hubba Bubba bubblegum, to be shared with his brother and a cousin.
Karla Faye Tucker
Execution: Texas. February 3, 1998 (aged 38) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: A banana, peach, and garden salad with ranch dressing.
Conviction: 1st degree murder. Broke into a 42-year-old woman’s (Helen Bass) home while she was at work. Then robbed, beaten, stabbed, possibly raped, and killed her by a gunshot to the head.
Execution: Texas. March 1, 2000 (aged 31) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: “Justice, Equality, World Peace.”
Conviction: Murder of a policeman that came about from a botched fast-food robbery.
Execution: Tennessee. May 9, 2007 (aged 53) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: He declined a special meal for himself, but he asked for a large vegetarian pizza to be given to a homeless person in Nashville, Tennessee. This request was denied by the prison, but carried out by others across the country.
Conviction: Confessed to the murder and rape of a 70-year-old woman named Lischia Edwards
Execution: Kentucky. August 14, 1936 by hanging (last US public execution)
LAST MEAL: Fried chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers, cornbread, lemon pie, and ice cream.
Ricky Ray Rector
Conviction: Murder. After killing a man at a night club he decided to turn himself in at a police station. Then shot the officer who he was talking with at the station in the back and shot himself in the head as an apparent suicide attempt. He shot his frontal lobe but lived.
Execution: Arkansas. January 24, 1992 (aged 42) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: Steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and a pecan pie. He did not eat the pie because he said he was saving it for later.
Ronnie Lee Gardner
Conviction: Robbery. Burglary/Escape. Murder. Capital murder.
Execution: Utah. June 18, 2010 (aged 49) by firing squad
LAST MEAL: Lobster tail, steak, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, 7-Up, and watching The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Conviction: Murder of her husband
Execution: New York. January 12, 1928 by electrocution (who was famously photographed in the electric chair)
LAST MEAL: Chicken Parmesan with Alfredo pasta, ice cream, 2 milkshakes, and a 12-pack of grape soda.
Conviction: 30 homicides known, possibly more. Aggravated kidnapping. Known also for raping and necrophilia.
Execution: Florida. January 24, 1989 (aged 42) by electrocution
LAST MEAL: He declined a special meal, so he was given the traditional steak (medium-rare), eggs (over-easy), hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly.
Thomas J. Grasso
Conviction: Robbery. 1st degree murder. Strangled an 87-year-old woman with Christmas tree lights and stole then sold her television for $125 along with loose change around her house. Months later, he murdered an 81-year-old male and stole his security check.
Execution: Oklahoma. March 20, 1995 (aged 34) by lethal injection.
LAST MEAL: Two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie with whipped cream with diced strawberries and a 16-ounce can of spaghetti with meatballs, served at room temperature. However, he issued a public statement complaining that he had requested Spaghetti-O’s, not spaghetti.
Conviction: Infamous for the Oklahoma City Bombing (detonation of a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.) in retaliation for the governments siege of WACO two years prior. 11 federal offenses. Use of a weapon of mass destruction. Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Destruction with the use of explosives. 8 counts of 1st degree murder. Killed 168 and injured over 800 people in total.
Execution: Indiana. June 11, 2001(aged 33) by lethal injection
LAST MEAL: Two pints of mint chocolate-chip ice cream.
Conviction: 6 counts of murder
Execution: North Carolina. November 2, 1984 (aged 52) by lethal injection (first women to be executed by lethal injection)
LAST MEAL: She declined a special meal, having a bag of Cheez Doodles and a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola instead.
Conviction: Murder of a doctor
Execution: Iowa. March 15, 1963 by hanging
LAST MEAL: He requested a single olive with the stone still inside.
-My last meal would be: ham and pineapple pizza, sushi with octopus, Penne alla Vodka, honey mustard, loaded nachos, chicken wings with ranch dressing, cheesy bacon fries and tater tots, Caramel Delights Girl Scout Cookies in the purple box (formally Samoas), deep-fried Snickers bar with powdered sugar, cream-filled donuts with chocolate icing, a cinnamon bun with lots of icing, a caramel Sundae with nuts and whip cream, and a slice of red velvet cake. And unlike Lawrence Russell Brewer, I’d actually eat it.
Today, January 23rd, the Chinese New Year is being celebrated and and Hello Kitty is there. Here is the Hello Kitty promo for the 2012 Chinese New Year, the year of the Dragon.
Also, Sephora’s Hello Kitty makeup collection includes a limited edition ‘Year Of The Dragon’ golden compact. ($18)
SURF BABY! MAC COLLECTION (May 2011)
from my favorite MAC collections…
☼ Bust Out! (Lustre-violet)
☼ Hibiscus (Cremesheen-orange coral)
☼ Mocha (Satin-peachy brown)
☼ Naturally Eccentric (Lustre-white nude)
☼ Girl On Board (pale white gold)
☼ Good Lovin’ (soft peach)
☼ Krazy Kahuna (mid-tone brown)
☼ Strange Potion (soft coral pink)
SUNTINTS SPF 20 LIQUID LIP BALM
☼ Full Of Grace (sheer rose)
☼ Pink Tinge (bright pink)
☼ Lilt of Lily (pale pink)
CRUSHED METALLIC PIGMENT STACKS
☼ Surf The Ocean
(frosted: Frosty Platinum, Light Yellow Green, Gold Bronze, Dirty Graphite With Silver Pearl)
☼ Summer Stash
(frosted: Light Pink Champagne, Light White Pearl, Light Violet With Silver Pearl)
☼ Swell Baby (Satin-gray)
☼ Saffron (Satin-rusty red)
☼ Short Shorts (Frosted-sandy tone)
☼ Sun Blonde (Frosted-sunny yellow)
☼ Surf USA (Frosted-teal)
☼ Ocean Dip (bright teal)
☼ Hanging Loose (faded pink)
POWERPOINT EYE PENCIL
☼ Blue Noon (teal)
☼ Gilded White (yellow white)
SPLASHPROOF LASH MASCARA
☼ Blacksplash (black)
☼ Naked (beige with golden copper)
☼ Melon (soft golden peach)
MAC SKINSHEEN BRONZER STICK
☼ Tan-tint (soft bronze)
☼ Billionaire Bronze (golden tan)
☼ Gilty Bronze (copper bronze with gold shimmer)
☼ Solar Riche (deep orange brown)
☼ Refined Golden (gold with pearl finish)
STUDIO CAREBLEND PRESSED POWDER
☼ Gold-Go-Lightly (golden tan brown)
☼ Lush-Light Bronze (rosy pink brown)
SURF, BABY! CHEEK POWDER
☼ My Paradise (peach pressed powder gold hibiscus flower)
☼ 129H Powder/Blush Brush
☼ Surf Baby! 1
☼ Surf Baby! 2
HELLO KITTY LAPTOP
HELLO KITTY KEYBOARD
HELLO KITTY MOUSE
HELLO KITTY USB
HELLO KITTY FLAT SCREEN
HELLO KITTY TV & REMOTE
HELLO KITTY TELEPHONE
HELLO KITTY ALARM CLOCK
HELLO KITTY DIGITAL CAMERA
HELLO KITTY FAN
HELLO KITTY LAMP
HELLO KITTY FLAT IRON & BLOW DRYER
Some Hello Kitty items that can be eaten (blog).
~HELLO KITTY DRINKS~
HELLO KITTY WINE & CHAMPAGNE
HELLO KITTY BECK’S BEER
HELLO KITTY CALPICO NON-CARBONATED SOFT DRINK (from Asia)
~HELLO KITTY DESSERTS~
HELLO KITTY INSPIRED CAKE
HELLO KITTY INSPIRED CUPCAKES
HELLO KITTY POPSICLE
HELLO KITTY FROSTED COOKIES
HELLO KITTY SANDWICH COOKIES
HELLO KITTY MACARONS
~HELLO KITTY SNACKS~
HELLO KITTY GUMBALLS
HELLO KITTY POP-TARTS
HELLO KITTY FRUIT SNACKS
HELLO KITTY CHEETOS
HELLO KITTY MINI-PIZZAS
~A COUPLE OF HELLO KITTY BENTOS~