Thursday, January 22, 2004

Last Request

What would you request as a last meal if you were going to be executed? A morbid and creepy thought, but some people have to think about this. I would request a bacon cheeseburger, extra crispy french fries, apple crisp, creme brulee, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, and banana flambee. In in California, favored last meals include
David Edwin Mason, Executed Aug. 4, 1993

Mason refused any last meal, requesting only ice water while in the death watch cell.

William George Bonin, Executed Feb. 23, 1996

For his last meal, Bonin requested two large pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three pints of coffee ice cream and three six-packs of regular Coca Cola.

Keith Daniel Williams, Executed May 3, 1996

Williams' last meal included fried pork chops, a baked potato with real butter, asparagus, salad with bleu cheese dressing, apple pie, and whole milk.
I did not know that prisons released this information, but they don't publish it online in Texas anymore. This upset some people though.
Morbid though it may seem, people are so interested in convicts' last meals that, until last month, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice listed its inmates' requests on its website — every item requested for every final dinner since Texas resumed capital punishment in 1982.

When the department redesigned its website in mid-December, officials decided to delete the last-meal listings.

"We had gotten some complaints from people who thought it was in poor taste," says Michelle Lyons, a department spokesman. "Of course, now people are complaining that the last meals are missing from our site."