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These Were The Final Meals Of Notorious Killers

These Were The Final Meals Of Notorious Killers

Although the majority us will never get there, the topic of 'what would your final meal be?' often comes up in conversation.

While some may vouch for the biggest, greasiest meal imaginable, others would struggle to be able to think about food knowing it would be their last.

Prisoners sometimes get this choice, and historically, they haven't been disappointing.

Here are some of the meals famous inmates have requested for their final meal.

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John Wayne Gacy

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Not one of the 'oh, I couldn't stomach a thing!' variety, John Wayne Gacy, known as the 'Killer Clown', ordered a dozen deep-friend shrimp, a bucket of KFC chicken, fries and a pound of strawberries prior to his lethal injection on 10 May 1984 in Illinois.

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Philip Workman

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Instead of opting for his own final meal, Workman, who was sentenced to death in May 2009 after murdering a police officer in Nashville, asked that a vegetarian pizza be delivered to homeless people in the nearby area.

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Prison officials ended up dismissing the request, but homeless shelters were inundated with pizzas as a result of Workman's wish when he was executed.

Timothy McVeigh

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Like Gracy, mass murderer Timothy McVeigh was put to death by lethal injection.

Prior to his execution in Indiana, on 11 June 2001, he requested two pints of Ben & Jerry's mint choc-chip ice cream as his final dish.

McVeigh had been responsible for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that left 168 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Velma Barfield

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In 1984, the 'Death Row Granny' Velma Barfield was the first woman to be executed since the reinstatement of capital punishment in 1976.

As her last meal, Barfield asked for a bag of Cheez Doodles, the American equivalent of Wotsits, and a can of Coca-Cola.

Barfield was initially convicted of one murder but ended up confessing to three more.

Aileen Carol Wuornos

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Convicted of murdering seven men in Florida, serial killer and prostitute Aileen Carol Wuornos was lethally injected on October 9, 2002.

Declining a special, formal final meal, she was served up a simple cup of coffee instead.

Ted Bundy

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One of the most notorious serial killers to have ever lived, Ted Bundy rejected a last meal prior to his execution by electric chair on 24 January 1989.

He was offered as a default option the classic plate of steak, eggs, hash browns and coffee but refused to eat any of it.

The former lawyer had been on death row for the murder of 30 women.

James Edward Smith

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This one's where it gets a bit weird. Executed in Texas in June 1990, James Edward Smith asked prison officers for a lump of dirt as his last meal on Earth.

I probably shouldn't have to inform you that the officials denied the request and ended up giving the man yoghurt as a substitute.

Smith was in prison for a murder and robbery in Houston, Texas.

Odell Barnes Jr.

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Topping Smith somewhat, Odell Barnes Jr.'s request was not just off the list of approved foods, but above anyone's grasp whatsoever.

Hours before meeting his maker, Barnes had asked for 'world peace' as his swansong meal in March 2000.

A tricky one to get around, prison officials had to sadly reject his order. Just think about what our world would be like now had they agreed to bring global strife and conflict to an end.

Thomas J. Grasso

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Executed in 1995 for the murder of an 87-year-old woman by strangling her with Christmas tree lights, Grasso requested that he indulge in a meal of two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a Burger King double cheeseburger, six barbecued spare ribs, two large milkshakes, a tin of SpaghettiOs with meatballs, half a pumpkin pie and strawberries and creams.

That's some fucking course.

To Grasso's utter horror, the kitchen staff made a small but vital mistake with his request.

"I did not get my SpaghettiOs," were Grasso's last words. "I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this."

Lawrence Russell Brewer

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Perhaps the most gargantuan final meal came with Lawrence Russell Brewer's request in September 2010.

The order was so OTT that Texan inmates actually lost the privilege of choosing their final meal

Brower had asked for two fried chickens, steaks with gravy and sliced onions, a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelette with ground 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-feast pizza, one pint of Blue Bell ice cream, a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts and, last but not at all least, three root beers to wash it all down.

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Topics: execution, Death Row, Prison

Josh Teal

Josh Teal is a journalist at LADbible. He has contributed to the 'Knowing Me, Knowing EU' and 'UOKM8?' campaigns interviewing everyone from student drug dealers to climate change activists.