The last meals of death row inmates have long fascinated the internet – but the story of why Texas inmates no longer receive one is well worth a read …
Choosing your death row meal is one thing – but to be told you can’t have one?
Well, that’s the reality in Texas thanks to one Lawrence Russell Brewer.
But first …
Let’s take a look at some of the weirdest and whackiest meals people have actually asked for on death row…
Jeffrey Allen Barney.
A bowl of frosted flakes.
Aileen Carol Wuornos.
Cup of coffee.
John Wayne Gracy.
Deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.
One single olive.
2 pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Johnny Frank Garrett.
Chocolate and strawberry ice cream.
Gerald Lee Mitchell.
Steak and chips.
Cheez Doodles and a can of Coca-Cola.
James Edwards Smith.
Yoghurt (after first asking for a pile of dirt).
Fried chicken, sweet peas, Dr. Pepper, and German chocolate cake.
Vegetable pizza to be given to a homeless person.
Lawrence Russell Brower.
2 chicken-fried steaks, a bacon cheeseburger, an omelet, barbecued meat, fried okra, fajitas, pizza, ice cream, and peanut butter fudge.
He didn’t eat any of it.
Ricky Ray Rector.
Steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and pecan pie. He left the pecan pie behind, telling a guard that he was “saving it for later.”
2 grilled cheese sandwiches, a pint of cottage cheese, a hominy/corn mixture, peach pie, chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes.
Angel Nieves Diaz.
Ronnie Lee Gardner.
A lobster tail, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, and to eat it all while watching the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Sacco & Vanzetti.
Soup, tea, meat, and toast.
Karla Faye Tucker.
1 banana, one peach, and a salad with ranch or Italian dressing.
But imagine if you were told you couldn’t have your final meal?
Well, that’s the reality for Texan inmates thanks to Lawrence Russell Brewer.
Brewer was a white supremacist and a murderer who killed James Byrd Jr. by dragging him along behind a pick-up truck.
Unsurprisingly, he was sentenced to death, and made a pretty extensive final meal request.
“A triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, three fajitas, one pound of barbecue and a half loaf of white bread, pizza meat lover’s special, one pint of ‘homemade vanilla’ Blue Bell ice cream, one slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts and three root beers.”
But when it arrived, he refused to eat any of it.
The frustration at this act of defiance led Texas senator John Whitmire to end the 87-year-old tradition of final meals for death row inmates.
Now they just get what the rest of the inmates happen to be eating that day.