American Murderer Chooses Enormous Meal As Last Meal Before Execution

A murderer in the United States has surprised his jailors with his requests for an extravagant last meal.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Keith Leroy Tharpe asked for 'three spicy chicken breasts, roast beef sandwich with sauce, fish sandwich, tater logs, onion rings, apple pie, and a vanilla milkshake' as his last meal.

Tharpe is due to be executed on 26 September at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia, for the murder of a woman in 1990.

He was convicted of murdering Jacquelin Freeman, his sister-in-law, by shooting her with a shotgun in Jones County, Georgia, close to the city of Macon.

The murder occurred in September 1990 after Tharpe had separated from his wife. He had been harassing his ex-wife and her family, culminating in an incident when he attacked her sister, killing her, before he then kidnapped his wife and raped her.

Tharpe's wife had left him around a month before the murder. She had him served with a restraining order, but nevertheless he called her the day before the killing and threatened her.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

On the morning of 25 September, he used his car his car to block his ex-wife and her sister in, before confronting them while intoxicated on drugs and carrying a gun.

He ordered the pair out of the car, shot the sister twice with the shotgun and then drove off with his wife. He raped her, then attempted to make her withdraw money for him, only for her to call the police.

Tharpe was convicted in early 1991 and has been on death row ever since.

Georgia generally grants last meal requests to its Death Row inmates, though not all do. Some impose price restrictions - $40 in Florida, for example - while other states, such as Texas, insist that whatever inmates request must be within the constraints of what can be cooked on the premises of the prison.

Georgia is one of the states that executes the most people, with nearly 70 people killed since the reintroduction of the death penalty in 1976.

Texas has executed the most people since 1976 in gross numbers, though Oklahoma has executed the most per capita. Georgia is 11th of the 36 states that still carry out executions in terms of numbers of executions per person.

Featured Image Credit: Georgia Department of Corrections

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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