Famous Final Meals from Death Row
by Ty Treadwell and Michelle Vernon
How's this for a last meal:
A dozen steamed mussels, a Burger King double cheeseburger with
mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato, a can of Franco-American
spaghetti with meatballs, a mango, half of a pumpkin pie with
whipped cream, and a strawberry milkshake -- all that went down
the hatch of killer Thomas Grasso on the eve of Oklahoma's giving
him the needle.
The United States remains one of the few "civilized"
nations to utilize capital punishment as a crime-fighting tool.
Execution rituals have always varied slightly from state to state,
not only in the method of death but also in the care and treatment
of the accused during his final hours. One ritual that remains
constant throughout all 38 states which have the death penalty
is the act of feeding the condemned man a special last meal before
The ritual seems to be important not only to
the inmate and to prison officials, but to the general public
as well. Almost every newspaper article documenting an execution
lists the condemned man's last meal alongside his last words and
the other details of the execution, making one wonder why this
tidbit of information is so greedily sought after. Do last meal
menus somehow shed light on the inner psyche of the condemned
man himself? Like a mystic reading tea leaves, do we hope to discover
the reasoning behind a mad killer's crimes by examining the gravy
smears on his plate? Could a proven connection between cheesecake
lovers and axe-murderers aid law enforcement officials in solving
crimes? Regardless of the reasons, it can truly be said that criminals
aren't the only ones with an appetite for "last suppers."
So dig in and enjoy!
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 150 pages
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!