5 Strangest & Most Bizarre Last Meal Requests From Death Row Inmates
Prisoners on death row in America have traditionally been allowed a last meal request, but when faced with the end of your life, probably the last thing on your mind is what you want to eat before you die. But here we look at five inmates facing imminent execution, who obviously thought carefully about their last meal resulting in the following bizarre requests.
5 Victor Feguer
Victor Harry Feguer was convicted of murdering Dr. Edward Bartels, he lured the doctor into believing a woman was in need of medical attention, but when the doctor arrived, Feguer kidnapped him, shot him and dumped his body in a cornfield.
Feguer was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging, after an unsuccessful appeal Feguer was held on death row in Iowa State Penitentiary for 10 days before being hung on March 15th, 1963.
On the morning of his execution, Feguer was issued with a new suit and guards took his last meal request. He asked for a single olive with the pit left in.
After his death, another suit was issued for his burial, when removing Victor's execution suit from his body the pit of the single olive was found in the pocket. Feguer was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Mason, his legacy being his bizarre last meal request and being the last man ever to be executed in Iowa.
4 Ronnie Lee Gardner
Ronnie Lee Gardner was an American criminal who was convicted of murdering Melvyn John Otterstrom during a robbery in Salt Lake City in 1984, he also fatally shot attorney Michael Burdell when he tried to escape while being moved to the courthouse for his first murder.
Garner was sentenced to death, he chose to face the firing squad rather than die from lethal injection stating "I like the firing squad It's much easier.....and there are no mistakes."
After many appeals and nearly 25 turbulent years spent in various prisons Gardner was finally executed on June 18th, 2010, at Utah State Prison. Gardner was strapped to a chair with a hood over his head and was shot by five anonymous volunteer police officers.
48 hours before his execution Garner requested his last meal of steak, lobster tail, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, and 7up. After this meal he refused to eat anything else... fasting it was believed for spiritual reasons.
During his last hungry 48 hours, Garner watched The Lord of The Rings Trilogy and read Divine Justice. At the time of his execution friends and family gathered outside the prison holding a candlelight vigil, and playing "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Garner was cremated after his death, and his ashes were taken back to Idaho by family members.
3 Thomas J. Grasso
On December 24th, 1990 Thomas Grasso strangled 87-year-old Hilda Johnson using her Christmas lights; she lost her life for the $12 she had in her purse and her T.V.
Six months later after moving to New York with his wife, Grasso murdered 81-year-old Leslie Holtz, stealing his social security cheque.
Grasso was originally convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in New York who don't have a death penalty, but after being extradited to Oklahoma, who do impose the death penalty, and at his request he was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
Grasso successfully halted appeals to overturn the death sentence and spent just two years and five months on death row, before being executed on March 20, 1995.
Grasso's last meal request was massive....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, diced strawberries, and a 16-ounce can of SpaghettiOs with meatballs served at room temperature. Grasso issued several statements to the press before his death, one of them being "I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this."
2 Gary Carl Simmons Jr
Gary Carl Simmons was a grocery store butcher who used his knife skills to cut up a man, and feed his body parts to alligators in Bayou in 1996.
His victim was 21-year-old Jeffrey Wolfe, who had tracked down Simmons pursuing a drug debt, an argument broke out, and Wolfe was fatally shot, allegedly not by Simmons, but there is no doubt Simmons was responsible for disposing of the body.
Simmons was convicted and sentenced to death by lethal injection, Before he was executed in June 2012, he requested a massive last meal of.....One Pizza Hut medium Super Supreme Deep Dish pizza double portion, with mushrooms, onions, jalapeño peppers, and pepperoni plus one pizza regular portion, with three cheeses, olives, bell peppers, tomato, garlic and Italian sausage; 10 x 8oz packs of Parmesan cheese, 10 x 8oz packs of ranch dressing, one family size pack of Doritos nacho cheese flavour, 8oz jalapeño nacho cheese, 4oz sliced jalapeños 2 large strawberry shakes, two 20oz Cherry Cokes, one supersized McDonald's fries with extra ketchup and mayonnaise, and two pints of strawberry ice cream.
It was reported that Simmons attempted all the portions but only managed to consume half of the 30,000 calorie feast!
1 Lawrence Russell Brewer
Lawrence Russell Brewer a so-called "white supremacist" was responsible along with two others of the horrific death of James Byrd Jr.
Byrd was chained up by his ankles and dragged for three miles behind a pickup truck; it is believed Byrd was conscious for most of the ordeal and was only killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his arm and decapitating him. The killers carried on dragging his torso for a further mile before dumping him in front of a cemetery.
Brewer was sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection in the state of Texas on September 21st, 2011.
Before his execution Brewer ordered a last meal of two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a large bowl of fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover's pizza, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with lots of peanuts. Brewer was presented with the meal but did not eat a single mouthful, and the whole meal was discarded.
Brewer was solely responsible for Texas prison officials ending the 87-year tradition of offering a last meal of choice to condemned inmates.