Last meal requests are the stuff legends are made of. After all, it is the last thing a person ever eats, before they either make their way upstairs or downstairs- if you believe in that kind of stuff at least. Here are the top ten weird last meal requests that make you believe that humankind still has it in itself to surprise and amuse us – one incident at a time.
The first Alabama inmate to be executed by lethal injection, Anthony Johnson was executed for his role in a 1984 shooting death of a jeweler. Surprisingly, while it was proved that Johnson was not the one who actually shot the jeweler, no one else has ever been charged in this robbery. The death sentence was finally upheld by Judge R. L. Hundley, when a bullet that was lodged in Johnson’s back was found to be consistent with the ones from the victim’s weapon.
Last meal: A sandwich from a Holman Prison vending machine.
Final words: I'd just like to say to my friends I loved them. But they all know that I loved them.
James Powell was arrested and convicted for the abduction and death of 10 year old Falyssa Van Winkle. She was abducted from a Beaumont flea market, where her mother and step father sold goods. James Powell was a vendor in the same flea market and had even visited the stepfather at his booth the very morning of the killings. He had previous charges on his record of aggravated rape and aggravated burglary for assaulting a woman at her home in Merryvile.
Last meal: One pot of coffee.
Final words: I'm ready for the final blessing. Yeah... good luck with that, Mr. Powell.
David Hill was caught and convicted for the death of a 37 year old police chief, for pulling him over with an expired license plate. Hill did not have a valid license either and was carrying marijuana in the car. David Hill shot the officer in the face.
Last meal: A bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, but that is considered contraband, so he didn’t get it.
Lewis Gilbert and Eric Elliot may be the lowest of lowest scum of the universe, a fact that is mirrored in their 2003 killings. First they abducted and killed a 79 year old woman by shooting her in the head three times. They later approached a couple’s home, took them in the cellar, and shot them three times in the head. Their third victim was a thirty seven year old Oklahoma woman whom they abducted while she was enjoying a fishing vacation. They shot her through the head thrice after they stole her pickup and two or three dollars from her purse. For kicks, they also shot the woman once in the back of the neck. Lewis Gilbert was sentenced to death, while Elliot is serving a life sentence without parole.
Last meal: Half-gallon of vanilla ice cream, a box of assorted cones and a box of Whoppers.
Final words: This is weird, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing God. I'm coming home. Yeah, good luck with that, Lewis.
In a classic case of the guard dog killing the chicken, Louis Jones Jr was executed for the rape and murder of an Air Force recruit. Jones had kidnapped the victim at gunpoint and had then raped her at his apartment. He was followed by two soldiers, but he assaulted one of them until he was unconscious. He later drove the victim to a bridge, where he killed her, bludgeoning her to death. The case gained some prominence because Jones was a Gulf War veteran, and many politicians, like Ross Perot and some other senators were of the opinion that the nerve gas exposure during the Gulf War may have damaged his way of thinking – triggering the type of uncontrollable violence that he display on that particular day.
Last meal: Nectarines, peaches and plums. Concerned with his health perhaps?
Final words: The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
errrm.... where's waldo?
Murder is a messy job, and there are several instances where even the murderer decides against carrying out the dirty deed if something does not go according to the plan, or if some other aspect beyond his control does not take its natural course –This usually means the murder is not premeditated. However, there are a few hardened criminals who actually take pains to ensure that the victim is dead. One of them was Peter Miniel. He and his friend James Russell were at a party thrown by Paul Manier. It was here that Peter Miniel suggested to James that they should rob Paul, which put a damper on the party. Paul Manier was first hit on the head by a beer mug, followed with another clubbing with an automobile shock absorber, and finally, he was stabbed more than thirty times. And what did they get from this murder/robbery? – a stereo and twenty dollars.
Last meal: beef tacos x 20, beef enchiladas x 20, a double dose of double cheeseburgers, pizza w/jalapenos, A fried chicken, spaghetti dinner with salt, half of a cake, chocolate and half of a cake, vanilla, ice cream x 2 (cookies and cream and caramel pecan fudge) one fruit cake, small, two Cokes, two Pepsi, a couple of root beers and oranges squeezed into juice. Hmmm, i think that's all.
Final words: Into your hands, O Lord, I commence my spirit. Amen. I'm ready.
Farley Matchett had a considerably interesting case, where he was arrested and convicted for the three assaults and two deaths, all for supporting his crack cocaine habit – which was said to be costing around $600 per day. Farley Matchett first killed a 74 year old woman, hitting her with a meat hammer. He had also severely beaten a 94 year old woman who refused to give him money. He then went to a person to whom he was related through marriage and asked him for money. After an altercation he is said to have stabbed the father of four to death. He was arrested when he tried to cash of the man’s personal checks.
Last meal: Four olives and a bottle of wild-berry flavored water.
James Smith was sentenced and put to death for a robbery-murder in Houston. His weird request of a last meal was apparently for some kind of voodoo ritual, which he never got the chance to perform.
Last meal: A pile of dirt. The request was denied and he settled for a yogurt instead.
Final words: Smith did not make a final statement.
Robert A. Buell was convicted of the murder of 11 year old Krista Harrison after she was abducted from a park right across the street from her home. He had a record of rape, and kidnapping but despite any hard evidence like DNA, he was convicted and sentenced to death. Prison officials had no clue why he wanted to swallow an olive with its pit. They researched, but failed to find, any significance in the request. It his believed however that Buell's intention was that the undigested olive would germinate into a olive tree from inside of his stomach, 7 feet under. Unlikely. Still no olive tree in his grave.
Last meal: A single black, unpitted olive.
Final words: Jerry and Shirley, I didn’t kill your daughter. The prosecutor knows that ... and they left the real killer out there on the streets to kill again and again and again.
Philip Workman may be the most controversial execution in recent times. He was arrested for the armed robbery of a Wendy’s in Columbus, Georgia and the death of Lt. Ronald Oliver. His last request was that of a large vegetarian pizza to a homeless man, which was denied. Hearing this, many Rescue Missions and even individuals donated pizzas worth thousands of dollars to the homeless. Workman has previously been on "death watch" three times and has come within hours of execution before being granted stays.
Last meal: A large vegetarian pizza to be delivered to a homeless man.
Final words: I've prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ not to lay charge of my death to any man. About two minutes later, with his eyes closed as he gulped, somewhat nervously, Workman uttered a final statement: “I commend my spirit into your hands Lord Jesus Christ". New evidence has been uncovered that allegedly proves the bullet that killed the officer did not come from Workman's gun, a .45. Did we get this one right?
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