No matter how terribly you lived your life, every prisoner on death row gets to pick one last meal.
It can be as extravagant or as simple as you want, but the choice is completely yours. Of course we’re dealing with quite a few crazed individuals so why would we possibly think their meals would be traditional?
Here are 12 of the most bizarre last meals ever by death row inmates.
Crime: Seven murders from 1971-1978
Meal: Cheez Doodles and a Coke
She proved what a true monster she was by getting Cheez Doodles instead of at least going with Cheetos. I just hope she left the cheese dust on her fingers as she left her cell. That’s the way I want to go out; covered in chip dust.
Robert Alton Harris
Crime: Murder, kidnapping, burglary, and robbery
Meal: 21 pieces of KFC chicken, 2 Tombstone Pizzas, jellybeans, ice cream, 6 Pepsi sodas, and a pack of cigarettes
If you’re going to take up smoking I supposed the best time to do it would be moments before your death. He originally asked for Dominos Pizza but changed it up to Tombstone Pizzas. I hope it was for the irony, to be honest.
Crime: Murder. He was the last execution in the US for 40 years.
Meal: A single olive
There is no better way to prove that you’re completely insane than asking for a single olive as your last meal. Wouldn’t it be great if he went to eat it and accidentally dropped it?
Thomas J. Grasso
Crime: Robbery and first-degree murder after strangling an 87-year-old woman with Christmas tree lights.
Meal: Room temperature SpaghettiOs
He ordered a few other items, but the room temperature SpaghettiOs definitely stands out the most. Rumor has it that Grasso complained the SpaghettiOs were too hot when they brought him the meal. I guess they assumed he has time to wait for it to cool down?
Crime: Seven murders spanning from November 1989 to November 1990
Meal: A cup of coffee
Don’t even think about executing me before I’ve had my cup of coffee. Am I right? Just to clear things up, Wuornos’ last words were all about how she would be back June 6th on the mother ship just like the movie Independence Day. That’s probably not the shout out ID4 was looking for, but you take fans where you can get them.
John William Elliott
Crime: Rape and capital murder
Meal: A cup of tea and six cookies
I know these killers are so precise and calculated, but why limit yourself to just six cookies? This is your last meal. Get 30 and that way you know you’ll have more than enough. The only thing worse than being executed is being executed on an empty stomach.
James Edward Smith
Crime: Murder during a robbery inside the International Trade Center in Houston.
Smith asked for dirt in order to do a voodoo ritual before his execution. Since it wasn’t on the list of approved foods he had to settle for what I assume was the closest thing they had to dirt; yogurt. Imagine how that conversation went down.
Prison: What do you want for your last meal?
Smith: Dirt so I can perform a voodoo ritual.
Prison: Um, no we aren’t doing that. How about yogurt?
Smith: Yeah that works too.
Ronnie Lee Gardner
Crime: Robbery, burglary, escape, murder, and capital murder
Meal: Lobster, steak, and pie while watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy
You may laugh, but this is actually a brilliant idea. He thought of the longest movie possible and asked for it so he could stretch this meal out as long as possible. I don’t blame him. I would ask for the director’s cut and then for the commentary tracks and all those stupid featurettes that no one else in the world would ever want to see.
Crime: The Oklahoma City Bombing
Meal: 2 pints of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
Do you think they gave him a cooler to keep the second pint in while eating the first one? No way he could eat them fast enough without some sort of cooling device. I’d like to imagine that, right when the guards handed him all the ice cream he shrugged his shoulders and said, “It’s my cheat day!”
Gerald Lee Mitchell
Crime: Murder after pretending to be selling marijuana and then shooting both of his victims with a shotgun.
Meal: A bag of Jolly Ranchers
If they really wanted to make his last day on earth completely miserable, the guards could have gone through and put nothing but watermelon Jolly Ranchers in the bag. He opens it up, rummages around a little, and yells, “Just when I thought this day couldn’t get ANY WORSE!”
Bobby Wayne Woods
Crime: Kidnapping and murder of an 11-year old victim
Meal: 2 chicken fried steaks, 2 fried chicken breasts, 3 pork chops, 2 burgers, 4 slices of bread, a half pound of friend potatoes, half pound of onion rings, chocolate cake, and two pitchers of milk
See this is how you do it. Who cares if you only eat 1/3 of your food. You’re getting ready to die. You’re not concerned with world hunger or future generations. Who cares about love handles or choleric in-take. Shovel that slop in your mouth and let the execution room janitor worry about the mess.
Larry Bill Elliott
Crime: Murder of a woman he met online as well as her former boyfriend.
Meal: He asked for his last meal to remain secret and never be revealed
Unless he ate the Declaration of Independence and Nicholas Cage is now going to have to shrink down and retrieve it before it’s dissolved by his stomach acids, we don’t care what you ate, Larry.