Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Famous Last Meals

I came across a website featuring last meals requested by infamous people in history right before their execution. Now defunct, the site was great and I wish it kept going. The author would (I assume) find a record of the inmate's last meal and then prepare it and take a snapshot. Maybe the author got sick of cooking, maybe it was too expensive to keep up, maybe the thought of eating someone's last meal just before their execution got to their head, maybe the idea of having a buffet of anything they wanted sounded appetizing so they went out and committed murder I DON'T KNOW but the website hasn't been touched in years.

The privilege of a last meal before execution goes back to at least the Pre-Modern era. An inmate accepting food symbolized making peace and being able to forgive the executioner. It was also believed that this act of kindness would prevent the prisoner from haunting the executioner in the afterlife.

Not all death row policies are the same. Some prisons do not allow requests and some have a spending limit on a demand. In 2011, Texas abolished all requests when a prisoner asked for two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions, a triple bacon cheeseburger, a stuffed omelet with beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños; a bowl of fried okra with ketchup, one pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread, three fajitas, a meat-lovers pizza, one pint of ice cream, peanut butter fudge and three root beers. And he didn't eat one bite. This man was also responsible for one of the biggest most disgusting hate crimes in history, what did you expect, cooperation?

When I found the website it made me obviously think about what I would request the day of my execution. And in www.FamousLastMeals.com fashion, here it is. I didn't make any of this because the thought of combining hash browns, clam chowder, gummy bears and washing it all down with Mountain Dew sounds friggin disgusting.

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