What Infamous Killers Requested For Their Last Meals
The question “What would you eat for your last meal?” serves as a great icebreaker. But have you ever stopped to think about the real implications of that inquiry? For some people, it’s less of a hypothetical question and more of a real order with a deadline.
Moreover, the death sentence is still legal in 31 states across the United States. While, to some people, the punishment seems particularly harsh, it is still customary to give death row inmates one last meal of their choosing.
However, in 2011, the state of Texas put an end to special last meal requests after an inmate made a particularly extravagant request. Lawrence Russell Brewer, a white supremacist who perpetuated a fatal hate crime against James Byrd Jr., asked for a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, three fajitas, two chicken fried steaks, a pound of barbeque, an entire meat lovers pizza, peanut butter fudge, and ice cream. Apparently, though, he didn’t eat a single bite.
Other states administered strict rules about the food requests, however. Florida enforces a budget of $40 per inmate, and the last meal must be purchased locally. Oklahoma gives prisoners just $15 towards their final meal. And a number of other states don’t even give prisoners the option of a request. Instead, those prisons offer each person a standard meal before the sentence.
Here are some of the wildest last meal requests from some of the most terrifying serial killers.
John Wayne Gacy
He requested two fried shrimp, a bucket of original KFC chicken, french fries, and a pound of strawberries.
John Wayne Gacy’s crimes were horrific. In 1994, the courts found him guilty of the murder of 33 boys and young men in Illinois. Gacy was also terrifyingly dubbed the “Killer Clown” because he often dressed up in clown makeup and costumes. Even more disturbing, the authorities discovered 29 bodies buried under the accused man’s home. The serial killer requested a hearty meal of fried chicken, fries, strawberries, and exactly two fried shrimp – a strange order for an equally inconceivable person.
She declined her last meal and instead asked for a single cup of coffee.
Aileen Wuornos’s coffee request could be related to the claims that the guards were mistreating her. Allegedly, they tampered with her food. Infamously known as America’s first female serial killer, Wuornos was a sex worker who shot seven men at point-blank range. In a documentary, her defense lawyer and final appeals attorney, Raag Singhal, told the filmmakers, “It was a difficult day because, no matter what, she wanted to die.”
Two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream served as his only request.
Timothy McVeigh was the man behind the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, which is still considered “one of the deadliest acts of terrorism in American history.” His attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma killed 168 people and injured about 700 others. He was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, in Indiana and only asked for mint chocolate chip ice cream before.
Bundy declined a special meal.
So the prison officials served him the traditional final meal of steak, eggs, hash browns, toast, milk, and juice. He didn’t eat any of it, though. Ted Bundy’s crimes were brought back into the spotlight thanks to Netflix’s Ted Bundy Tapes series.
Interestingly, the serial killer was considered unusually handsome in spite of all of his heinous crimes. So Netflix chastised fans of the show when they seemed to lust after the convicted murderer. While he was particularly charming, Bundy did eventually confess to over 30 brutal attacks.
Stephen Wayne Anderson
Anderson demanded two grilled cheese sandwiches, a pint of cottage cheese, a corn mixture, peach pie, chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes.
Oddly enough, Stephen Wayne Anderson gained waves of sympathy for the deeply emotive poetry he penned on death throw. It earned him the affectionate title of “America’s Damned.” The man was hardly gently, though. In fact, Anderson took the life of Elizabeth Lyman, an 81-year-old retired piano teacher, after robbing her. The authorities discovered the criminal in Lyman’s home, watching television and having noodles and a glass of milk.
John Martin Scripps
Scripps requested a whole pizza and a mug of hot chocolate.
John Martin Scripps was the first Westerner to receive the death sentence in Singapore. In fact, the media dubbed the Englishman the “Tourist From Hell.” He befriended people in Singapore and Thailand then took their lives and drained their bank accounts. He was executed in 1996.
Marion Albert Pruett
He wanted Pizza Hut stuffed-crust pizza, four Burger King Whoppers, French fries, fried eggplant, fried squash, fried okra, a whole pecan pie, and three two-liter Pepsi bottles.
In 1979, Marion Albert Pruett was placed in a witness protection program after testifying about a murder in an Atlanta prison. But it was during that time he committed five murders. Pruett blamed his actions on a substance abuse problem yet denied the life-ending attack on his common-law wife, Pamela Sue Barker. Originally. the man considered ordering roast duck for his final meal, but for some unknown reason, he changed his mind.
He simply asked for a cigar to go with a cup of Brazilian coffee.
In 1925, authorities beheaded Fritz Haarmann (who was known as the “Butcher of Hanover,” the “Vampire of Hanover,” and the “Wolf-Man” in Hanover, Germany. Allegedly, he distributed his victims’ possessions between friends and acquaintances as gifts and sold parts of his victims’ bodies as meat.
Guards offered him steak, but Starkweather refused in favor of cold cuts.
Charles Starkweather was just 20 when he was put in the electric chair. And he was only a teenager when he went on a two-month killing spree across Wyoming and Nebraska accompanied by his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. At 19, Starkweather killed 11 people, including his girlfriend’s parents. Their murderous spree inspired the film Natural Born Killers and Bruce Springsteen’s song “Nebraska.”
He asked for a single olive with the pit in it.
Apparently, he had no desire for a decadent meal. Victor Feguer was a drifter. And, in 1960, he was able to lure a doctor to his rented room in an Iowa boarding house under false pretenses. Feguer pretended a woman needed immediate medical attention. When the doctor arrived, though, he found himself staring down the barrel of Feguer’s gun. Authorities soon caught the criminal and put him to death in 1963.
He included steak, pasta, fruit, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, chocolate cake, and milk on his list.
In 2002, Earl Forrest got involved in an intense argument with his then-girlfriend. According to him, she wanted to cancel a deal in which she’d give Forrest a lawnmower in exchange for methamphetamines. Things escalated, though. So Forrest shot the woman and another visitor in their home. Eventually, Forrest engaged in a shootout with police and also killed a sheriff’s deputy. The man faced execution in 2016.
Oscar Ray Bolin Jr.
Bolin asked for and received a rib-eye steak, a baked potato with butter and sour cream, a salad, cucumbers and tomatoes, garlic bread, lemon meringue pie, and a bottle of Coca-Cola.
Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. worked as a long-haul truck driver in the ’80s and viciously took the lives of three women in the Tampa Bay, FL, area. But questions remained about his other possible crimes. Bizarrely, Bolin married a member of his defense team during the trial but, eventually, received a lethal injection in 2016.
Ronnie Lee Gardner
Gardner watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy as he ate lobster tail, steak, apple pie, and vanilla ice cream.
In 2010, Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad in Utah. Although that method was outlawed in the state in 2004, the law did not apply to those convicted before then. Gardner specifically chose the firing squad, but only two people had similar executions since 1977. Reportedly, the criminal favored intense acts of brutality. He shot a man in the face and took his life during a 1985 robbery.
Allen Lee “Tiny” Davis
He asked for an incredible feast of lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half-pound of shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, a half-loaf of garlic bread, and a 32-ounce A&W Root Beer.
Allen Lee Davis, was a triple-murderer known as Tiny. His execution drew nationwide interest because his electric chair punishment was particularly graphic and brutal. Officials convicted Tiny for the murder of Nancy Weller, who was pregnant, and her two daughters. His execution occurred in 1999.
She requested fried chicken, peas with butter, apple pie, and a Dr. Pepper.
In 2002, Teresa Lewis was fatally sentenced for planning the murder of her husband and stepson with two hired killers. The victims were shot in their sleep. A hefty life insurance policy seemed to be Lewis’s motivation. And she apparently promised a cut to the gunmen. This case was particularly controversial because some people questioned Lewis’s mental abilities. However, others considered her a mastermind.
Do you know what you’d request for your last meal?
Or would you perhaps forego eating anything at all?