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Death Row’s Final Meal Tradition Scrapped After Inmate ‘Made A Mockery Of The System’

Death Row’s Final Meal Tradition Scrapped After Inmate ‘Made A Mockery Of The System’

Prison guards probably thought they were about to see a 'Man Vs Food' moment.

Anish Vij

Anish Vij

Ever wondered what your last meal would be?

As you probably know from the movies, Death Row inmates are given a choice of what they'd like to eat or drink for their last supper.

Lawrence Russell Brewer played a part in America's worst hate crime.
TDCJ

Despite the tradition has been going on for many years, a white supremacist named Lawrence Russell Brewer put an end to it for prisoners set to be executed in Texas.

As reported by The New York Times, Brewer ordered a mega amount of food and drink.

In his final meal, he ordered - two chicken fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions, a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger and a cheese omelette with beef mince, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapenos.

Wait for it.

On top of that he requested fried okra with ketchup, a pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread, three fajitas and a meat pizza.

You might be thinking, what's wrong with that?

Brewer also ordered a pint of ice cream and peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. Oh, not forgetting the three root beers to wash it down.

Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered a mountain of food.
PA

Prison guards probably thought they were about to see a Man Vs Food moment.

But nope.

Once his food arrived, he told the staff he wasn't hungry in one last attempt to 'make a mockery of the system', according to State Senator, John Whitmire.

The 44-year-old was executed in September 2011.

Lawrence Russell Brewer was given the sentence of capital punishment for taking part in the racially-motivated murder of James Byrd Jr.

His accomplice, John William King, was executed in 2019 and he didn't get the chance to pick any grub and he's only got his old pal Brewer to thank for that.

John William King was executed in 2019.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

According to the Mirror, Texas inmates are now denied special requests and are simply given whatever is on the menu for each and every prisoner.

The day after Brewer's last act of contempt in 2011, lawmakers in Texas were outraged and as a result decided to bring a stop to the final meal on death row tradition altogether.

Speaking about Brewer, State Senator John Whitmire - who forced the ban - explained to the New York Times back then: "He never gave his victim an opportunity for a last meal. Why in the world are you going to treat him like a celebrity two hours before you execute him?

"It's wrong to treat a vicious murderer in this fashion. Let him eat the same meal on the chow line as the others."

Featured Image Credit: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Topics: Death Row