The Last Supper

The Last Supper

In the United States there has often been a fascination with crime and punishment. One thing that has piqued the interest of Americans is what an inmate on death row may choose as his last meal.

French fries, soda, and ice cream were right up at the top. Last meals also tend to be high in calories and loaded with meat; from cheeseburgers to turkey and lots of requests for steak.

An average meal requested contains an estimated 2,756 calories.

Only about 4% of the condemned requested their last meal from fast-food chains like McDonald's, Burger King, or Taco Bell.

Researchers suggest that the popularity of comfort food may come from the inmates trying to deal with an extremely high-stress situation by surrounding themselves with comfort foods. Fruits and vegetables are less likely to be requested, although more than a quarter request a salad.

Last meals of the Notorious:

Timothy McVeigh - Two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream

Ted Bundy - Steak, eggs, hash browns, and coffee

John Wayne Gacy - 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, french fries and a pound of strawberries.

Victor Feguer - a single unpitted olive

In 2012, the state of Texas stopped the practice of giving special final meals after an extensive request for food went uneaten by a man being executed for his role in a notorious hate-crime dragging death.

Should inmates on death row be allowed to request a special last meal? Would a lawyer file a motion for a last meal? Should our government be killing people at all for that matter? As a Kansas criminal defense attorney, I have seen innocent people accused of crimes and it makes me think now.

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