Last meal

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A condemned prisoner's last meal is a customary ritual that precedes execution. In many countries, the prisoner may, within reason, select what the last meal will be.

Contemporary restrictions in the United States[edit]

In the United States, most states give the meal a day or two before execution and use the euphemism "special meal". Alcohol or tobacco are usually denied. Unorthodox or unavailable requests are replaced with substitutes. Some states place tight restrictions. In Florida, the food for the last meal must be purchased locally and the cost is limited to $40.[1] In Oklahoma, cost is limited to $15. In Louisiana, the prison warden traditionally joins the condemned prisoner for the last meal. On one occasion, the warden paid for an inmate's lobster dinner.[2]

Sometimes, a prisoner shares the last meal with another inmate (as Francis Crowley did with John Resko) or has the meal distributed among other inmates (as requested by Raymond Fernandez).[3]

In September 2011, the state of Texas abolished all special last meal requests after condemned prisoner Lawrence Russell Brewer requested a huge last meal and did not eat any of it, saying he was not hungry.[4][5][2][6] The tradition of customized last meals is thought to have been established around 1924 in Texas.[7]

Documented last meal requests[edit]

This represents the items reported requested but does not, in all cases, represent what the prisoner actually received.


Name Crime Country Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Charles Peace Serial killer UK 1879 Hanging A breakfast consisting of eggs and a large amount of salty bacon.[8]
Fritz Haarmann Serial killer Germany 1925 Decapitation by guillotine An expensive cigar and a cup of Brazilian coffee.[9]
Mathias Kneißl Murderer, Robber Germany 1902 Decapitation by guillotine Six glasses of beer.[10]
Peter Kürten Serial killer/Rapist Germany 1931 Decapitation by guillotine Wiener schnitzel, fried potatoes and a bottle of white wine. He requested a second helping and received it.[11]
Roger Casement Treason UK 1916 Hanging Sacramental bread. Casement converted to Catholicism before his execution and stated he intended to go "to my death with the body of my God as my last meal."[12]


Name Crime Country Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Adolf Eichmann Holocaust perpetrator (German national) Israel 1962 Hanging Declined a special meal, instead requesting a bottle of Carmel red wine with the usual prison food of cheese, bread, olives, and tea. He drank about half of the bottle.[13]
Andrew Chan and
Myuran Sukumaran
The Australian ringleaders of the Bali Nine Indonesia 2015 Firing squad KFC. Although Indonesia does not normally grant last meal requests, Sukumaran and Chan were granted their KFC feast via officials.[14]
Leo Echegaray Rape of his 10-year-old stepdaughter Philippines 1999 Lethal injection Sardines and dried fish. When the reprieve was announced, he shared the food with relatives who had gathered at the prison.[15] His execution eventually took place on 5 February 1999.
Mona Fandey Murderer Malaysia 2001 Hanging at Kajang Prison Declined a last meal; she was instead given a dinner from KFC.[16][17]
Saddam Hussein Crimes against humanity Iraq 2006 Hanging The Times states that "he refused their offers of cigarettes and a last meal of chicken and shawarma rice."[18] Other sources state Hussein ate his last meal of chicken and rice, and had a cup of hot water with honey.[19]
Ajmal Kasab Terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks India 2012 Hanging at Pune's Yerawada jail He ate a tomato along with "jail food", and had two cups of masala tea. He also drank four bottles of mineral water.[20][21]
John Martin Scripps Serial killer Singapore 1996 Hanging A pizza and a cup of hot chocolate.[22]
Cheng Chieh Mass-murderer involved in the 2014 Taipei Metro attack Taiwan 2016 Gunshot Bento, consisting of stewed pork, rice and vegetables.[23]
Yakub Memon Terrorist involved in the 1993 Bombay bombings India 2015 Hanging at Nagpur jail Declined a special meal; he was given a breakfast of upma which he did not eat.[24]


Name Crime Province Year Execution method Requested Meal
Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin Murderer Ontario 1962 Hanging Steak, potatoes, vegetables and pie.

United States[edit]

Name Crime State Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Adam Kelly Ward Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Beef soft tacos, Spanish rice, salsa, mixed greens, corn, refried beans, and flour tortillas with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*
Aileen Wuornos Serial killer Florida 2002 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but had a hamburger and other snack food from the prison's canteen. Later, she drank a cup of coffee.[25]
Allen Lee Davis Murderer Florida 1999 Electrocution One lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half-pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, half a loaf of garlic bread, and 32 ounces of Barq's root beer.[26]
Alton Coleman Spree Killer Ohio 2002 Lethal injection Well done filet mignon smothered with mushrooms, fried chicken breasts, a salad with French dressing, sweet potato pie with whipped cream, French fries, collard greens, onion rings, cornbread, broccoli with melted cheese, biscuits and gravy, and a cherry Coke.
Andrew Lackey Murderer Alabama 2013 Lethal injection Turkey bologna, French fries, and grilled cheese.
Ángel Nieves Díaz Murderer Florida 2006 Lethal injection Declined a special meal. He was served the regular prison meal for that day consisting of shredded turkey with taco seasoning, shredded cheese, rice, pinto beans, tortilla shells, apple crisp and iced tea, but declined that as well.[27]
Arthur Frederick Goode III Murderer Florida 1984 Electrocution A steak, corn, broccoli and cookies.[28]
Barbara Graham Murderer California 1955 Gas chamber A milkshake and a chocolate sundae.[29]
Barton Kay Kirkham Robber and murderer Utah 1958 Hanging Pizzas and ice cream.[30]
Betty Butler Murderer Ohio 1954 Electrocution Scrambled eggs with cheese, a slice of toast, two glasses of milk and a dish of apricots.[31]
Billie Wayne Coble Murderer Texas 2019 Lethal Injection Scrambled eggs, oven-fried potatoes, biscuits, country gravy, mixed fruit, grape jelly, ketchup, baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet peas, pinto beans and sliced bread, with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*
Billy Bailey Murderer Delaware 1996 Hanging, last person executed by hanging in the United States as of 2020 A steak (well-done), a baked potato with sour cream and butter, buttered rolls, peas and vanilla ice cream.[32]
Billy Ray Irick Murderer Tennessee 2018 Lethal injection A 'deluxe combo' meal consisting of a double patty bacon cheeseburger with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato and pickles, a large order of onion rings, a large Coke with a wedge of lime, and an extra-large strawberry-banana milkshake.
Brian Steckel Murderer Delaware 2005 Lethal injection Cheesesteak, coleslaw, and a Pepsi.
Bobby Wayne Woods Murder, kidnapper and rapist Texas 2009 Lethal injection Two chicken fried steaks, two fried chicken breasts, three fried pork chops, two hamburgers with lettuce, tomato, onion and salad dressing, four slices of bread, half a pound of fried potatoes with onion, half a pound of onion rings with ketchup, half a pan of chocolate cake with icing and two pitchers of milk.
Bobby Joe Long Serial killer Florida 2019 Lethal injection Roast beef, bacon, french fries and soda.[33]
Brandon Astor Jones Murderer Georgia 2016 Lethal injection Refused the option of choosing his last meal, so was given the standard issue menu of chicken and rice, rutabaga, seasoned turnip greens, dry white beans, cornbread, bread pudding and fruit punch.
Bruno Richard Hauptmann Lindbergh kidnapping and murder New Jersey 1936 Electrocution Celery, olives, chicken, french fries, buttered peas, cherries, and a slice of cake.[13]
Cal Coburn Brown Murderer Washington State 2010 Lethal injection Combination meat pizza, apple pie, coffee, and milk.
Carey Dean Moore Murderer Nebraska 2018 Lethal injection Pizza with bacon, beef, cheese and mushrooms, Pepsi, and strawberry cheesecake.
Charles Brooks Jr. Murderer Texas 1982 Lethal injection, Brooks was the first prisoner in the United States executed by this method A T-bone steak, French fries, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, biscuits, peach cobbler and iced tea.[34] Originally Brooks wanted fried shrimp and oysters, but the prison chef told him shellfish was not an option.[35]
Christina Marie Riggs Murderer Arkansas 2000 Lethal injection Supreme pizza, salad, fried okra, cherry limeade and strawberry shortcake.[36]
Christopher Brooks Murderer, Rapist Alabama 2016 Lethal injection Two peanut butter cups and a Dr. Pepper.
Christopher Price Murderer Alabama 2019 Lethal Injection Four pints of Turtle Pie ice cream.[37]
Charles Russell Rhines Murderer South Dakota 2019 Lethal injection Fried chicken, сantaloupe or musk melon, lefse, yogurt (strawberry and cherry), butter, black licorice, cookies and cream ice cream, root beer, coffee with cream and sugar.[38]
Charles Starkweather Murderer Nebraska 1959 Electrocution Declined the usual steak dinner, asking for cold cuts instead.
Clarence Ray Allen Proxy murderer California 2006 Lethal injection Buffalo steak, Frybread, KFC, sugar-free pecan pie, sugar-free black walnut ice cream, and whole milk. He let the ice-cream thaw out for an hour and turned it into a milkshake by hand. [39]
Cornelius Goss Murderer Texas 2000 Lethal injection An apple, an orange, a banana, a coconut and peaches.
Coy Wayne Wesbrook Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, country gravy, green beans, sliced bread, and mandarin orange cake with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* However, he refused that meal, wishing Texas could offer last meal requests again.
Daniel Anthony Lucas Murderer Georgia 2016 Lethal injection Meat pizza, steak and cheese calzone, stuffed Portobello mushroom, chef's salad with ranch and honey mustard dressings, and orange juice.
Danny Rolling The Gainesville Ripper, serial murderer Florida 2006 Lethal injection Lobster tail, butterfly shrimp, baked potato, strawberry cheesecake, and sweet tea.[40]
David Castillo Murderer Texas 1998 Lethal injection 24 soft shell tacos, six enchiladas, six tostados, two whole onions, five jalapeños, two cheeseburgers, one chocolate shake, one quart of milk and one package of Marlboro cigarettes.[41]
David Leon Woods Murderer Indiana 2007 Lethal injection Birthday cake and pizza. He shared the meal with his family.
David Thomas Dawson Murderer Montana 2006 Lethal injection Two double cheeseburgers, two large servings of French fries, a half gallon of vanilla fudge ripple ice cream, and two Dr. Peppers.
David Alan Gore Serial killer Florida 2012 Lethal injection Fried chicken, french fries & butter pecan ice cream.[42]
David Mason Murderer California 1993 Gas chamber Declined a special meal, but chose to have some ice water while waiting in his cell.
Dennis Wayne Bagwell Mass Murderer Texas 2005 Lethal injection Medium rare steak with A1 Steak Sauce, fried chicken breasts and thighs, BBQ ribs, French fries, onion rings, bacon, scrambled eggs with onions, fried potatoes with onions, sliced tomatoes, salad with ranch dressing, two hamburgers, peach pie, milk, coffee, and iced tea with real sugar.[43]
Dennis McGuire Murderer Ohio 2014 Lethal injection Roast beef, fried chicken, fried potatoes with onions, a bagel with cream cheese and onions, potato salad, a Coca-Cola and butter pecan ice cream.[44]
Desmond Keith Carter Murderer North Carolina 2002 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but had two cheeseburgers, a steak sub, and two Cokes from the prison canteen, for which he paid $4.20 from his prison account.[25]
Dobie Gillis Williams Murderer Louisiana 1999 Lethal injection Twelve chocolate bars and some ice cream.
Domingo Cantu Murderer Texas 1999 Lethal injection Twelve pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, 14 jalapeños, orange juice, chocolate cake, buttermilk biscuits and strawberry ice cream.
Donald Edward Beaty Murderer Arizona 2011 Lethal injection A beef chimichanga with salsa and guacamole, a double cheeseburger with all the fixings, fries, 14 ounces of rocky road ice cream, and a diet Pepsi.
Donnie Cleveland Lance Murderer Georgia 2020 Lethal injection Two chili steak burgers, French fries, onion rings, mustard, ketchup and a soda.[45]
Douglas Wright Murderer Oregon 1996 Lethal injection One honey bun.
Dovie Dean Murderer Ohio 1954 Electrocution Roast chicken, potatoes, asparagus, green salad with French dressing, coconut cream pie, angel food cake and coffee.[46]
Earl Forrest Murderer Missouri 2016 Lethal injection Steak, pasta, fruit plate, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, chocolate cake and milk.
Edmund Zagorski Murderer Tennessee 2018 Electrocution Pickled ham hock and pig tails.
Edward Hartman Murderer North Carolina 2003 Lethal injection A Greek salad, linguini with white clam sauce, cheesecake with cherry topping, garlic bread, and a Coke.[47]
Edward Schad Murderer Arizona 2013 Lethal injection A 12-inch meatball sub, a large order of french fries with ketchup, two ears of corn on the cob, two ounces of cranberry sauce, a slice of apple pie, and a vanilla milkshake.
Elijah Page Murderer South Dakota 2007 Lethal injection Steak, jalapeño peppers with cream sauce, onion rings, a salad with cherry tomatoes, ham chunks, shredded cheese, bacon bits, and blue cheese and ranch dressing, coffee, lemon iced tea, and ice cream.
Elizabeth Ann Duncan Proxy murderer California 1962 Gas chamber; Duncan was the last woman executed in the United States before Furman v. Georgia. A steak and a salad.[48]
Emeline Meaker Murderer Vermont 1883 Hanging Two boiled eggs, two slices of toast, a potato, a donut and a cup of coffee.[49]
Eric Scott Branch Murderer Florida 2018 Lethal injection T-bone steak, pork chop, fries, and two pints of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
Eric Nance Murderer Arkansas 2005 Lethal injection Two bacon cheeseburgers, french fries, two pints of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and two Coca-Colas.
Eric Nenno Murderer and Rapist Texas 2008 Lethal injection A grilled cheeseburger, four fish patties, six hard boiled eggs and coffee.[50]
Eric Wrinkles Mass Murderer Indiana 2009 Lethal injection Prime rib, a "loaded" baked potato, pork chops with steak fries, rolls and two salads with ranch dressing.[51]
Frank Spisak Serial Killer Ohio 2011 Lethal Injection Spaghetti with light tomato sauce but no meat, tossed salad with Italian dressing, chocolate cake, coffee with cream and sugar and a root beer.
Francis Crowley Murderer New York 1932 Electrocution Steak and onions, French fries, apple pie, ice cream and melted ice cream.[11]
Frederick Treesh Murderer Ohio 2013 Lethal injection Steak with mushrooms, eggs, hash browns, cottage cheese, onion rings, deep-fried mushrooms, a hot fudge sundae and sodas.
Gary Lee Davis Murderer Colorado 1997 Lethal injection Chocolate and vanilla ice cream cups, shared with the prison superintendent and a manager.[52]
Gary Gilmore Murderer Utah 1977 Firing squad A hamburger, hard-boiled eggs, a baked potato, a few cups of coffee, and three shots of contraband Jack Daniel's whiskey.[13][53][54]
Gary Michael Heidnik Murderer Pennsylvania 1999 Lethal injection Two slices of a cheese pizza and two cups of black coffee.[55]
Gary Carl Simmons, Jr. Murderer Mississippi 2012 Lethal injection One Pizza Hut medium Super Supreme Deep Dish pizza with double portions of mushrooms, onions, jalapeño peppers, and pepperoni, a second pizza with three cheeses, olives, bell pepper, tomato, garlic, and Italian sausage, 10 8-oz. packs of Parmesan cheese, 10 8-oz. packs of ranch dressing, one family size bag of Doritos nacho cheese flavor, 8 oz. jalapeño nacho cheese, 4 oz. sliced jalapeños, 2 large strawberry shakes, two 20-oz. cherry Cokes, one super-size order of McDonald's fries with extra ketchup and mayonnaise, and two pints of strawberry ice cream. He consumed about half of the meal.
Gary Ray Bowles The I-95 Killer, Serial killer Florida 2019 Lethal injection Three cheeseburgers, french fries and bacon.[56]
Genaro Ruiz Camacho Murderer and kidnapper Texas 1998 Lethal injection A steak, a baked potato, a salad and strawberry ice cream.
Gerald Lee Mitchell Murderer Texas 2001 Lethal injection Assorted bag of Jolly Rancher candies [57][58]
Gerald Stano Serial killer Florida 1998 Electrocution Delmonico steak, a baked potato with sour cream and bacon bits, tossed salad with blue cheese dressing, lima beans, a half gallon of mint chocolate-chip ice cream, and 2 litres of Pepsi.[59]
Gregory Paul Lawler Murderer Georgia 2016 Lethal injection Ribeye steak, a baked potato with sour cream, asparagus, dinner rolls with butter, French onion soup, strawberries, pistachio ice cream, milk, and apple juice.
Gustavo Julian Garcia Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Chicken patties, macaroni and cheese, sweet peas, carrots, pinto beans, sliced bread, and a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*
Harold McQueen Jr. Murderer Kentucky 1997 Electric chair Two cheesecakes, shared with his attorney.
Harry Charles Moore Murderer Oregon 1997 Lethal injection Two green apples, two red apples, a tray of fresh fruit and two 2-liter bottles of Coca-Cola.
Hastings Arthur Wise Mass murderer South Carolina 2005 Lethal injection Lobster tail, french fries, coleslaw, banana pudding and milk.[60]
Herman Ashworth Murderer Ohio 2005 Lethal injecction Two cheeseburgers with lettuce and mayonnaise, French fries with ketchup, one Dr Pepper and one Mountain Dew.[61]
Humberto Leal Garcia Murderer and Rapist Texas 2011 Lethal injection Fried chicken, Pico de gallo, tacos, two colas and a bowl of fried okra.[62]
Ignacio Cuevas Perpetrator of the 1974 Huntsville Prison Siege Texas 1991 Lethal injection Chicken and dumplings, steamed rice, sliced bread, black-eyed peas, and iced tea.[63]
James Autry Murderer Texas 1984 Lethal injection A hamburger, French fries and a Dr Pepper.[64]
James Edward Clayton Murderer Texas 2000 Lethal injection Three fried chicken breasts, a lettuce and cucumber salad with light vinegar dressing, and a pitcher of ice water.[65]
James Homer Elledge Murderer Washington state 2001 Lethal injection Eggs, bacon, waffles, sweet roll, cereal and orange juice. Elledge did not eat the dinner despite requesting it; his last meal was instead a breakfast consisting of apple juice, oatmeal, toast, hash browns, coffee and eggs.[66]
James Otto Earhart Murderer Texas 1999 Lethal injection Steak, french fries, and one vanilla milkshake.
James Edward Smith Murderer Texas 1990 Lethal injection A lump of dirt, which was denied. He settled for a cup of yogurt.[58]
James Hubbard Murderer Alabama 2004 Lethal injection Two eggs over-medium, four pieces of bacon, sliced tomatoes, fried green tomatoes, pineapple slices with mayonnaise, white bread, a banana and a medium-sized V8 juice.
Jay Wesley Neill Mass murderer Oklahoma 2002 Lethal injection A double cheeseburger, French fries, peach or cherry cobbler, a pint of vanilla ice cream and a large bottle of cran-grape juice.[67]
J. W. Ledford, Jr. Murderer Georgia 2017 Lethal injection Filet mignon wrapped in bacon with pepper jack cheese, a large order of French fries, ten chicken tenders with sauce, fried pork chops, a blooming onion, pecan pie, vanilla ice cream, sherbet and a Sprite.[68]
Jesse Mott Murderer Texas 1934 Electric chair Two pounds of sirloin steak, two pounds of cured ham, 12 fried eggs, 50 biscuits, two quarts of ice cream, two chocolate pies, and a gallon of lemonade.
Jessy San Miguel Murderer Texas 2000 Lethal injection A pizza, ten quesadillas filled with mozzarella and cheddar cheese, five strips of grilled beef, five strips of stir-fried beef, ice cream, double fudge chocolate cake, broccoli, grapes and sweet tea.[69]
Joe Arridy Falsely accused of rape and murder. Posthumously pardoned in 2011 Colorado 1939 Gas chamber Ice cream.[70]
John B. Nixon Murderer Mississippi 2005 Lethal injection A T-bone steak (well-done), buttered asparagus spears, a baked potato with sour cream, peach pie, vanilla ice cream and sweet tea.[71]
John Deering Murderer Utah 1938 Firing squad Pheasant.[72]
John David Duty Murderer Oklahoma 2010 Lethal injection A double cheeseburger with mayonnaise, a foot-long hot dog with cheese, mustard and extra onions, a cherry limeade, and a large banana shake.[73]
John Wayne Conner Murderer Georgia 2016 Lethal injection Ten pieces of fried catfish, ten hushpuppies, two triple deluxe hamburgers with bacon, two pints of vanilla ice cream, and one sliced raw onion.
John Wayne Gacy Serial killer Illinois 1994 Lethal injection A dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, a pound of strawberries, and a bottle of diet Coke.[53]
John Joubert Serial killer Nebraska 1996 Electric chair Pizza with green pepper and onions, strawberry cheesecake, and Coca-Cola
John Allen Muhammad The Beltway Sniper, murder Virginia 2009 Lethal injection Chicken with red sauce and several cakes.[74]
John Albert Taylor Murderer Utah 1996 Firing squad Antacid medicine, a cigarette, and pizzas "with everything."[75]
Johnny Frank Garrett Murderer Texas 1992 Lethal injection Ice cream.[76]
Joseph Paul Franklin Serial Killer Missouri 2013 Lethal injection Declined the last meal, but had a lunch of roast beef and potatoes.
Joseph Mitchell Parsons Murderer Utah 1999 Lethal injection Three Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of fries, a chocolate shake, chocolate chip ice cream, and a package of grape Hubba Bubba bubblegum, to be shared with his brother and a cousin.[77]
Joseph Taborsky Spree Killer Connecticut 1960 Electrocution Banana split, cherry soda, coffee with cream and sugar, and a pack of cigarettes.
Juan Garza Murderer and drug trafficker U.S. Federal Government 2001 Lethal injection Steak, French fries, onion rings, three slices of bread, and a soft drink
Judy Buenoano Murderer Florida 1998 Electrocution Asparagus, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes and a cup of tea.[36]
Karl Eugene Chamberlain Murderer Texas 2008 Lethal injection A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, lunch meat, deviled eggs, 6 fried cheese-stuffed jalapeños, a chef salad with ranch dressing, onion rings, french fries, a cheeseburger, 2 fried chicken breasts, barbecue pork rolls, an omelette, milk, and orange juice.
Karl-Heinz LaGrand Murderer Arizona 1999 Lethal injection Two BLT sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise, four fried eggs (over easy), a medium portion of hash browns, two breakfast rolls with strawberry jelly, half a pint of pineapple sherbet, a cup of coffee, a medium slice of German chocolate cake with coconut-caramel icing and a cup of milk.[78]
Karla Faye Tucker Murderer Texas 1998 Lethal injection A banana, a peach and a salad with either Ranch or Italian dressing.[79]
Keith Zettlemoyer Murderer Pennsylvania 1995 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers, fries, chocolate pudding and chocolate milk.[80]
Kelly Gissendaner Murderer Georgia 2015 Lethal injection Cheese dip with chips, Texas nachos with fajita meat and a diet frosted lemonade. Previously Gissendaner had cornbread, buttermilk, two Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of French fries, cherry vanilla ice cream, popcorn, lemonade and a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Paul Newman buttermilk dressing before her execution was stayed.[81]
Kenneth Dunn Murderer Texas 1999 Lethal injection Beef fajitas, stir-fried beef, six cinnamon rolls, a pecan pie, a cherry pie, a diet cream soda and three eggs.
Kenneth Edward Gentry Murderer Texas 1997 Lethal injection Butter beans, mashed potatoes, onions, tomatoes, biscuits, chocolate cake and Dr Pepper.[82]
Kenneth McDuff Serial killer Texas 1998 Lethal injection Two T-bone steaks with all the fixings.[83]
Kimberly McCarthy Murderer Texas 2013 Lethal injection Pepper steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables and white cake with chocolate icing with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* McCarthy was the 500th person executed by the state of Texas since 1976.[84]
Lawrence Russell Brewer Murderer Texas 2011 Lethal injection Two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions; a triple meat bacon cheeseburger with fixings on the side; a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños; a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup; one pound of barbecue with half a loaf of white bread; three fajitas with fixings; a Meat Lovers pizza; three root beers; one pint of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream; and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts.[85] Brewer's request was granted, but he refused the meal when it arrived saying that he was simply not hungry, prompting Texas to stop granting last meal requests to condemned inmates.[86]
Ledell Lee Murdered his neighbor Arkansas 2017 Lethal injection Chose to receive Holy Communion as his last meal.[87]
Leon Moser Mass Murderer Pennsylvania 1995 Lethal injection A large cheese pizza, cheese slices, cold cuts, pasta salad, iced cup cakes and a 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola.
Lewis Eugene Gilbert Murderer Oklahoma 2003 Lethal injection Half a gallon of vanilla ice cream, a box of assorted cones and a box of Whoppers.[88]
Lisa Ann Coleman Murderer Texas 2014 Lethal injection A fried pork chop, macaroni and cheese, carrots, green beans, navy beans, sliced bread and pineapple orange cake with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*[89]
Lois Nadean Smith Murderer Oklahoma 2001 Lethal injection Barbecue ribs, onion rings, strawberry banana cake and a cherry limeade.[90]
Lowell Lee Andrews Mass Murderer Kansas 1962 Hanging Two fried chickens with sides of mashed potatoes, green beans and Pie a la Mode.[91]
Marcel Williams Murderer Arkansas 2017 Lethal injection 3 pieces of original recipe KFC fried chicken, banana pudding, nachos with chili cheese and jalapeño peppers, two 16 oz bottles of Mountain Dew, and potato logs with ketchup.
Marco Allen Chapman Murderer and rapist Kentucky 2008 Lethal injection A 32-ounce medium rare sirloin steak, 20 butterfly shrimp, tossed salad with ranch dressing, iced tea, and a banana cream pie.
Marilyn Kay Plantz Proxy murderer Oklahoma 2001 Lethal injection A chicken taco salad, a Mexican pizza, two enchiritos, two chicken soft tacos, two cinnamon twists, pecan pie and two cans of Coca-Cola.[92]
Marion Albert Pruett Spree killer Arkansas 1999 Lethal injection A stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut, four Burger King Whoppers, a large order of French fries, three two-liter bottles of Pepsi, a bucket of ice, a bottle of ketchup, salt, fried eggplant, fried squash, fried okra, and a pecan pie. In an interview prior to his execution date, he said he was going to share his last meal with another inmate who was going to be executed the same day. He went on to say he originally wanted to have a roast duck for his last meal, but declined because he felt the prison would not cook it.
Marion Wilson, Jr. Murderer Georgia 2019 Lethal injection One medium thin-crust pizza with everything, 20 buffalo wings, one pint of butter pecan ice cream, some apple pie and grape juice.[93]
Mark Dean Schwab Murderer Florida 2008 Lethal injection Fried eggs (over easy), bacon, sausage links, hash browns, buttered toast, and a quart of chocolate milk.
Mark Hopkinson Proxy murderer Wyoming 1992 Lethal injection Pizza, shared with his mother and other family members. He later asked for and received a fruit plate.
Martha Beck Serial Killer New York 1951 Electrocution Fried chicken, fried potatoes and salad.[11]
Melbert Ford Murderer Georgia 2010 Lethal injection Fried fish, shrimp, a baked potato, salad, boiled corn, ice cream, cheesecake and soda.[94]
Michael Bruce Ross Serial murder Connecticut 2005 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but dined on the regular prison meal of the day: turkey à la king with rice, mixed vegetables, white bread, fruit, and a beverage.[95]
Miguel Richardson Murderer Texas 2001 Lethal injection A chocolate birthday cake with "2/23/90" written on top and 7 pink candles, one coconut, kiwi fruit juice, one mango, grapes, lettuce, cottage cheese, peaches, one banana, one apple, chef salad without meat and with thousand island dressing, fruit salad, cheese, and tomato slices
Nathaniel Woods Murderer Alabama 2020 Lethal injection Sweet potatoes, spinach, chicken patty, chicken leg quarter, cooked apples, fries, two oranges and orange flavored drink.[96]
Nicholas Todd Sutton Murderer Tennessee 2020 Electrocution Sutton ordered fried pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy and peach pie with vanilla ice cream [97]
Noble Mays Murderer Texas 1995 Lethal injection Four or five fried eggs (over easy), three sausage links, three biscuits and coffee.
Oba Chandler Murderer Florida 2011 Lethal injection Two salami sandwiches on white bread with mustard, peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich on white bread, iced tea and coffee.
Odell Barnes Murderer Texas 2000 Lethal injection "Justice, Equality, World Peace."[98]
Orien Joiner Murderer Texas 2000 Lethal injection A hamburger steak (well-done) with brown gravy and grilled onions, a large order of deep-fried French Fries with ketchup, five slices of buttered grilled Texas toast, iced tea with real sugar and hot honey buns with melted butter on the side.
Oscar Ray Bolin Jr Serial killer Florida 2016 Lethal injection Medium rare rib eye steak, a baked potato with butter and sour cream, a salad made of iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato, baked garlic bread, lemon meringue pie, and a bottle of Coca-Cola.
Pablo Lucio Vasquez Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Salisbury steak, steamed rice, brown gravy, a vegetable blend, sweet peas, ranch style beans, sliced bread, and butterscotch brownies with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*
Paul Ezra Rhoades Serial killer Idaho 2011 Lethal injection Hot dogs with sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, baked beans, veggie sticks, ranch dressing, fruit with gelatin and strawberry ice cream cups
Perry Smith and Richard Hickock Mass murders Kansas 1965 Hanging Shrimp, French fries, garlic bread, ice cream, and strawberries with whipped cream.[13]
Peter J Miniel Murderer Texas 2004 Lethal injection 20 beef tacos, 20 beef enchiladas, two double cheeseburgers, a pizza with jalapeños, fried chicken, spaghetti with salt, half of a chocolate cake, half of a vanilla cake, cookies and cream ice cream, caramel pecan fudge ice cream, a small fruit cake, two Cokes, two Pepsis, two root beers, and two glasses of orange juice.
Philip Workman Murderer Tennessee 2007 Lethal injection Declined a special meal for himself, but he asked for a large vegetarian pizza to be given to a homeless person in Nashville, Tennessee. This request was denied by the prison, but carried out by others across the country.[99][100]
Rainey Bethea Murder and rape Kentucky 1936 Hanged, last person executed in public in the US Fried chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers, cornbread, lemon pie, and ice cream.[101]
Ralph Hudson Murderer New Jersey 1963 Electrocution Prime rib steak, ice cream and a cigar.
Randy Greenawalt Serial killer Arizona 1997 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers, french fries with extra salt, coffee with milk.[102]
Raymond Fernandez Serial Killer New York 1951 Electrocution Onion omelet, french fries, chocolate candy, and a Cuban cigar.
Rhonda Belle Martin Serial killer Alabama 1957 Electrocution A hamburger, mashed potatoes, cinammon rolls and coffee.[103]
Richard Albert Leavitt Murderer Idaho 2012 Lethal injection Baked chicken, french fries, and milk.
Richard Cartwright Murderer Texas 2005 Lethal injection Fried chicken, a cheeseburger, onion rings, French fries, bacon, sausage, cheesecake and cinnamon rolls.[104]
Richard Cooey Murder and rape Ohio 2008 Lethal injection. Clemency appeal based on his being too overweight for lethal injection drugs to work on him properly T-bone steak with A-1 sauce, onion rings, French fries, four eggs over easy, toast with butter, hash browns, a pint of rocky road ice cream, a Mountain Dew soft drink and authentic bear claw pastries [105]
Ricky Ray Rector Murderer Arkansas 1992 Lethal injection Steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and a pecan pie. Rector, rendered mentally incapacitated by his suicide attempt after murdering a police officer, said that he did not eat the pie because he was "saving it for later".[106]
Robert Alton Harris Murderer California 1992 Gas Chamber A 21-piece bucket of KFC, two large Domino's Pizzas (no anchovies), ice cream, a bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel cigarettes.[107][108] The pizza was actually a Tombstone Pizza, per Vernell Crittendon's orders.[109] Crittendon worked at the prison and was responsible for dealing with the condemned person before his execution.
Robert Anthony Buell Murderer Ohio 2002 Lethal injection A single, unpitted black olive.
Robert Dale Conklin Murderer Georgia 2005 Lethal injection A filet mignon wrapped in bacon, de-veined shrimp sautéed in garlic butter with lemon, a baked potato with butter, sour cream, chives and real bacon bits, corn on the cob, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, French bread with butter, goat cheese, cantaloupe, apple pie, vanilla bean ice cream and iced tea. He ate the entire meal and even complimented the chefs on the quality.
Robert Glen Coe Murderer Tennessee 2000 Lethal injection Fried catfish, white beans, hush puppies, coleslaw, french fries, pecan pie and sweet tea.
Robert Nelson Drew Murderer Texas 1994 Lethal injection A steak (rare), ham, two hamburgers, two pieces of fish and a chocolate milkshake.
Robert Moorman Murderer Arizona 2012 Lethal injection One double hamburger (two quarter-pound patties prepared “medium”) with two slices of onion, three leaves of lettuce, three tomato slices and a bun; plus French fries (with four ounces of ketchup), two three-ounce beef burritos, three Royal Crown colas, and two 14-ounce containers of Rocky Road ice cream.
Robert Streetman Murderer Texas 1988 Lethal injection Two dozen scrambled eggs, flour tortillas, French Fries and catsup.
Ronald Clark O'Bryan Murderer Texas 1984 Lethal injection T-bone steak (medium to well done), French fries with ketchup, whole kernel corn, sweet peas, a lettuce and tomato salad with egg and French dressing, iced tea, sweetener, saltines, Boston cream pie, and rolls.[98]
Ronald Phillips Murderer and Rapist Ohio 2017 Lethal injection A large cheese, bell pepper and mushroom pizza; strawberry cheesecake, a piece of unleavened bread, a Pepsi and grape juice.[110]
Ronnie Lee Gardner Murderer Utah 2010 Firing squad Lobster tail, steak, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, and 7 Up. He also requested to watch The Lord of the Rings film trilogy while he ate his meal.[111]
Ronnie Threadgill Murderer Texas 2013 Lethal injection Baked chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy, vegetables, sweet peas, bread, tea, water, and punch.*
Ruben Cantu Murderer Texas 1993 Lethal injection Fried chicken and rice.[112]
Russell Earl Bucklew Murderer Missouri 2019 Lethal Injection For his final meal, Bucklew ordered a gyro sandwich, a smoked brisket sandwich, two orders of French fries, a cola and a banana split. [113] Previously Bucklew had a t-bone steak, caesar salad, apple pie ala mode, and a baked potato before his execution was stayed.[114]
Ruth Snyder Murderer New York 1928 Electrocution, photographed in the electric chair Chicken Parmesan with alfredo pasta, ice cream, two milkshakes, and a 12-pack of grape soda.[8]
Sacco and Vanzetti Murderers (Case still open) Massachusetts 1927 Electric chair Soup, meat, toast and tea.
Sammy Crystal Perkins Murderer North Carolina 2004 Lethal Injection Two fried chicken breasts, two fried chicken wings, sweet potato pie with cool whip, a large order of French fries from McDonald's, a 20-ounce Coke and a cup of ice.
Scott Hain Murderer Oklahoma 2003 Lethal injection; Hain was the last person in the United States executed for a crime committed as a minor Three cheeseburgers, three orders of onion rings, ice cream and a Slush.[115]
Scotty Garnell Morrow Murderer Georgia 2019 Lethal Injection Morrow requested a last meal of a hamburger with mayonnaise, two chicken and waffle meals, a pint of butter pecan ice cream, a bag of buttered popcorn, two all-beef franks, and a large lemonade. [116]
Sean Richard Sellers Serial Killer Oklahoma 1999 Lethal Injection Eggrolls, sweet and sour shrimp, and batter-fried shrimp.
Shannon M. Johnson Murderer Delaware 2012 Lethal Injection Chicken lo Mein, carrots, cake, wheat bread and margarine and iced tea.
Stanley Allison Baker Jr Murder and robbery Texas 2002 Lethal injection Two 16 oz. ribeyes, one pound of turkey breast sliced thin, 12 bacon strips, 2 large hamburgers with mayo, onion and lettuce, 2 large baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, cheese and chives, 4 slices of cheese or half a pound of grated cheddar cheese, chef salad with blue cheese dressing, 2 ears of corn on the cob, a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and 4 cans of vanilla Coke or Mr. Pibb.
Stanley Dewaine Lingar Murderer Missouri 2001 Lethal injection Corned beef sandwiches and french fries.[117]
Stanley Williams Murderer California 2005 Lethal injection Declined a special meal,[118] but had some oatmeal and milk before his execution.[119]
Stephen Wayne Anderson Murderer California 2002 Lethal injection Two grilled cheese sandwiches, one pint of cottage cheese, a hominy-corn mixture, one piece of peach pie, one pint of chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes.[120]
Stephen Michael West Murderer Tennessee 2019 Electrocution Philly cheesesteak and french fries.[121]
Stephen Morin Serial killer Texas 1985 Lethal injection A T-bone steak, a baked potato, butter, sweet green peas, bread rolls, banana pudding and coffee.[122]
Steven Frederick Spears Murdered his ex-girlfriend Georgia 2016 Lethal injection A large meat pizza.
Steven Michael Woods, Jr. Murderer Texas 2011 Lethal injection 2 pounds of bacon, a large 4-meat pizza, 4 fried chicken breasts, 2 drinks each of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, root beer and sweet tea, 2 pints of ice cream, 5 chicken fried steaks, 2 hamburgers with bacon, french fries, and a dozen garlic bread sticks with marinara on the side.
Steven Oken Spree killer Maryland 2004 Lethal injection A chicken patty with potatoes and gravy, green beans, marble cake, milk and fruit punch, the regular prison meal of the day.[123]
Suzanne Basso Murderer Texas 2014 Lethal injection Baked chicken, fish, boiled eggs, carrots, green beans and sliced bread with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*
Ted Bundy Serial killer Florida 1989 Electrocution Declined a special meal, so he was given (but did not eat) the traditional steak (medium-rare), eggs (over easy), hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly.[13][124]
Teresa Lewis Proxy murderer Virginia 2010 Lethal injection Two fried chicken breasts, sweet peas with butter, a Dr Pepper and apple pie for dessert.[125]
Terry Douglas Clark Murderer New Mexico 2001 Lethal injection Several jumbo shrimp, French fries, fried okra, peach cobbler, ice cream, and a Coke.
Terry Jess Dennis Murderer Nevada 2004 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers and a Coke with ice.
Thomas J. Grasso Murderer Oklahoma 1995 Lethal injection Two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and diced strawberries. He also had a 16-ounce can of spaghetti with meatballs, served at room temperature.[58] However, he issued a public statement complaining that he had requested SpaghettiOs, not regular canned spaghetti.[126]
Timothy McVeigh Domestic terrorist/mass murder U.S. Federal Government 2001 Lethal injection Two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.[127][128]
Velma Barfield Murderer North Carolina 1984 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, having a bag of Cheez Doodles and a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola instead.[129]
Victor Feguer Murderer U.S. Federal Government 1963 Hanging Requested a single olive with the pit still in it.[130]
Walter Bernhard LaGrand Murderer Arizona 1999 Gas chamber; last person executed in the United States by this method as of 2020 Six fried eggs (over easy), 16 strips of bacon, a large serving of hash browns, a pint of pineapple sherbet, a breakfast steak (well-done), a cup of ice, a 7 Up, a Dr Pepper, a Coke, hot sauce, a cup of coffee, two packs of sugar and four Rolaids.[78]
Wanda Jean Allen Murderer Oklahoma 2001 Lethal injection A bag of chips.[131]
Wesley Baker Murderer Maryland 2005 Lethal injection Breaded fish, pasta marinara, green beans, orange fruit punch, bread, and milk (this was what was on the prison menu that day).[132]
Westley Allan Dodd The Vancouver Child Killer, serial killer and child molester Washington state 1993 Hanging Salmon and potatoes.[133]
William Bonin Serial murderer and rapist California 1996 Lethal injection Two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of chocolate ice cream, and three six-packs of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.[134]
William G. Zuern, Jr. Murderer Ohio 2004 Lethal injection Mashed potatoes and gravy, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, corn, garlic bread, chocolate milk, and cherry cheesecake.

(*) Texas abolished last meal requests in 2011, so all death row inmates in Texas after 2011 were given normal prison food.[135]

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