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.