We’ve all asked or at least thought about the situation whereby we could only eat one more food for the rest of our lives, or perhaps what we would request if we could have anything in the world as our last meal…period. Macabre a thought as it may, be there are hundreds of people the world over at any one time who for various reasons are indeed faced with exactly such a decision, which of course results in some of the most weird and wonderful requests imaginable.
So, exactly what do those quite literally at the end of their rope crave at the very last moment, before facing the mother of all known diets?
10 Robert Buell
Robert Buell became famous in the early 80s for all the wrong reasons, having been convicted of the rape murder of a child of 11. Despite the fact that he had already been sentenced to serve no less than 121 years for a string of other rape offence, he continued to adamantly deny his involvement in this particular murder.
For his last meal on God’s green Earth, Buell request just a single black olive…though was at least demanding enough to insist that the stone was removed.
9 Odell Barnes Junior
Prison catering staff and the outside sources used for special requests are used to fulfilling baffling orders, but that coming from Odell Barnes Junior was a little out of even their league. Despite the fact that back in 1989 he had beaten, burgled and murdered a woman in the most brutal possible manner, he decided that his last wish would be world peace with a lavish side of equality and justice.
He was of course denied and therefore got the standard issue rations.
8 Saddam Hussein
A brief mention now to this particular request just for the sake of its rather high profile nature, Saddam Hussein reportedly turned down a final request of cigarettes and chicken, opting for mainly boiled rice in the days leading up to his hanging.
7 Robert Madden
A particularly famous case was that of Robert Madden, who despite being convicted of murder most horrid requested his last meal to be donated to a homeless person of the choice of the prison staff. However, what made the story more surprising was the fact that his request was turned down point blank for no good reason.
A sad story with no winners, though the tale did go on to motivate others to do the same across the US, though with much more accommodating prison staff.
6 Walter LaGrand
Another notably large meal though with one classic touch of common sense came from Walter LaGrand who said his final goodbye back in 1999, following his conviction of a shopping list of hideous crimes. He request a meal consisting of 16 pieces of bacon, pile of hash browns, six eggs, breakfast steaks, sherbet, three different sodas, coffee, two packs of sugar and hot sauce.
The crowning glory…a pack of Rolaids to limit suffering…there would be enough of that to come.
5 James Edward Smith
Convicted of robbery and horrific murder in the Texas capital of Houston, James Edward Smith departed from this world at the hands of prison officials back in 1990.
Smith became further famous the world over after requesting nothing other than a lump of dirt as his final ‘meal’ request, which was supposedly something he needed for a voodoo ritual he was planning to conduct.
Sadly for him, dirt did not appear on the approved list of meals items on this particular prison’ list, therefore he had to make do with yogurt.
4 Delbert Teague Junior
1998 saw a death-row inmate in Texas exit the world much in a similar vein to that in which he entered it – that being entirely at the beckon call of his dear old mother. 35 year old Teague had initially turned down his last meal as he had planned to eat nothing and shun the request all along.
His resolve didn’t last however and he subsequently ended up eating a cheeseburger – because his mum said he had to.
3 Jeffrey Dillingham
An entry now just to pay homage to all the biggest last meal request in the world, or at least those who have actually managed to trough their way through theirs. In the case of Jeffrey Dillingham of Texas, he decided the his last one would be a big one, ordering up a triple cheeseburger with no mayo (maybe he was watching the calories), a huge portion of fries, lasagna, garlic bread, macaroni cheese, three cinnamon rolls, a half-pound of nacho cheese five eggs and to wash it all down with…eight (yes 8) pints of milkshake.
2 Thomas Grasso
Another last meal request to quickly become famous the world over, Thomas Grasso was like many others in insisting he would do his best to let cholesterol take him first. His mammoth meal which he actually managed to plough through consisted of a double Burger King cheeseburger with the works, a specific brand can of spaghetti and meatballs, 24 cooked mussels, half a pie, a mango, whipped cream and a giant milkshake.
Unfortunately, he did not part this mortal coil pleased, after condemning the prison in the strongest possible terms for providing him with canned spaghetti, when he actually requested Spaghetti-Os.
“I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this!” became part of his world-famous last speech.
1 Lawrence Russell Brewer
And finally, taking the number one spot is a death-row inmate who will forever be remembered as one who managed to take the only treat those to follow in his footsteps may have looked forward to away once and for all… Lawrence Russell Brewer.
Brewer ordered a decidedly luxurious feast of chicken fried steaks with onions and gravy, a triple cheeseburger with all the trimmings on the side, a large meat and vegetable omelet, fried okra with plenty of ketchup, half a loaf of bread, a whole pound of barbecue meat, a meat feast pizza, three fully loaded fajitas, three cans of soda, peanut butter fudge and a pint of ice cream.
Incredibly, the whole meal was brought to Brewer, which he then refused to take a single bite of.
This inspired the state of Texas to eliminate last meal requests as of September 2011, though really who can be blamed here…the maniac with a penchant for erratic behavior, or the prison and catering staff that really should know better?
Debatable to say the least, but thus ends a long-standing tradition and final privilege for a new generation of death-row inmates…at least in Texas anyway!