A condemned prisoner's last meal is a customary ritual preceding execution. In many countries, the prisoner may, within reason, select what the last meal will be.

Contemporary restrictions in the United States

In the United States, most states give the meal a day or two before execution and use the euphemism "special meal". Alcohol or tobacco are usually, but not always, denied. Unorthodox or unavailable requests are replaced with similar substitutes. Some states place tight restrictions. In Florida, the food for the last meal must be purchased locally and the cost is limited to $40.[1] In Oklahoma, the cost is limited to $25. In Louisiana, the prison warden traditionally joins the condemned prisoner for the last meal. On one occasion, the warden paid for an inmate's lobster dinner.[2]

Sometimes, a prisoner asks to share the last meal with another inmate (as Francis Crowley did with John Resko) or has the meal distributed among other inmates (as requested by Raymond Fernandez).[3]

In September 2011, the state of Texas abolished all special last meal requests after condemned prisoner and white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer requested a large and expensive last meal, but did not eat any of it, stating that he was not hungry.[4][5][2][6] The tradition of customized last meals is thought to have been established around 1924 in Texas.[7]

Documented last meal requests

This represents the items reported requested but does not, in all cases, represent what the prisoner actually received.

Europe

Name Crime Country Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Roger Casement Treason UK 1916 Hanging Sacramental bread. Casement converted to Catholicism before his execution and stated he intended to go "to my death with the body of my God as my last meal."[8]
Véronique Frantz Serial murder France 1854 Decapitation by guillotine Café au lait and a bread roll.[9]
Fritz Haarmann Serial murder Germany 1925 Decapitation by guillotine An expensive cigar and a cup of Brazilian coffee.[10]
Mathias Kneißl Murder and robbery Germany 1902 Decapitation by guillotine Six glasses of beer.[11]
Peter Kürten Serial murder and rape Germany 1931 Decapitation by guillotine Wiener schnitzel, fried potatoes and a bottle of white wine. He requested a second helping and received it.[12]
Louis XVI High treason France 1792 Decapitation by guillotine A pan-fried chicken, some pastries, boiled beef and puréed turnips. He additionally received a dessert consisting of two chicken wings, vegetables, two glasses of wine cut with water, a piece of sponge cake and a glass of Malaga wine.[13]
Charles Peace Serial murder UK 1879 Hanging A breakfast consisting of eggs and a large amount of salty bacon.[14]

Asia

Name Crime Country Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Amrozi and Huda bin Abdul Haq Terrorism; involved in the 2002 Bali bombings Indonesia 2008 Firing squad Roti canai and chips made from Indian three-leaved yam. The two were brothers and shared the same last meal, which was provided by their family.[15]
Freddy Budiman Possession of narcotic drugs Indonesia 2016 Firing squad Homemade meals made by his former mother-in-law: Otak-otak fish cakes, and rendang.[16]
Andrew Chan and
Myuran Sukumaran
The Australian ringleaders of the Bali Nine Indonesia 2015 Firing squad KFC. Although Indonesia does not normally grant last meal requests, Sukumaran and Chan were granted their KFC feast via officials.[17]
Cheng Chieh Mass murder; involved in the 2014 Taipei Metro attack Taiwan 2016 Gunshot Bento, consisting of stewed pork, rice and vegetables.[18]
Leo Echegaray Rape of his 10-year-old stepdaughter Philippines 1999 Lethal injection Sardines and dried fish. When the reprieve was announced, he shared the food with relatives who had gathered at the prison.[19] His execution eventually took place on 5 February 1999.
Adolf Eichmann Holocaust perpetrator Israel 1962 Hanging Declined a special meal, instead requesting a bottle of Carmel red wine with the usual prison food of cheese, bread, olives, and tea. He drank about half of the bottle.[20]
Mona Fandey Murder Malaysia 2001 Hanging at Kajang Prison Declined a last meal; she was instead given a dinner from KFC.[21][22]
Saddam Hussein Crimes against humanity Iraq 2006 Hanging The Times states that "he refused their offers of cigarettes and a last meal of chicken and shawarma rice."[23] Other sources state Hussein ate his last meal of chicken and rice, and had a cup of hot water with honey.[24]
Ajmal Kasab Terrorism; involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks India 2012 Hanging at Pune's Yerawada jail He ate a tomato along with "jail food", and had two cups of masala tea. He also drank four bottles of mineral water.[25][26]
Yakub Memon Terrorism; involved in the 1993 Bombay bombings India 2015 Hanging at Nagpur jail Declined a special meal; he was given a breakfast of upma which he did not eat.[27]
Imam Samudra Terrorism; involved in the 2002 Bali bombings Indonesia 2008 Firing squad Emping mlinjo, sagon (Javanese coconut cookies), and pepes made from mackerel.[15]
John Martin Scripps Murder spree Singapore 1996 Hanging A pizza and a cup of hot chocolate.[28]
Sekarmadji Maridjan Kartosuwiryo Rebellion, waging war against Indonesia Indonesia 1962 Firing squad A lunch consisting of Rendang and rice. He shared the meal with his wife and children, but he personally did not eat it.[29]
Astini Sumiasih Murder Indonesia 2005 Firing squad Bread, squid, and assorted fruits.[30]
D. N. Aidit 30 September Movement Indonesia 1965 Firing squad (extrajudicial killing by army) Cigarettes.[31] It is said he smoked Bentoel cigarette before his death. The cigarette itself was unsympathetically given by an army colonel when Aidit requested it.[32] Aidit himself was an occasional smoker in his life and preferred to smoke in private, despite his policies set to the party he led emphasized anti-cigarette due to being wasteful and unproductive.[33]

North America

Canada

Name Crime Province Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin Murder Ontario 1962 Hanging Steak, potatoes, vegetables and pie.

United States

Name Crime State Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Burton Abbott Murder and rape California 1957 Gas chamber French fried butterfly jumbo prawns with cocktail sauce, one order of Ravioli, tossed green salad (mainly composed of romaine lettuce) with vinegar-and-oil dressing, chocolate cake, and a pack of Salem cigarettes.[34]
Charles Albanese Serial murder Illinois 1995 Lethal injection Prime rib, baked potato, garlic bread, coffee, Coca-Cola and pistachio ice cream.[35]
Jack Alderman Murder Georgia 2008 Lethal injection Declined a special meal and was given the regular prison meal of the day consisting of baked fish, peas, cole slaw, carrots, cheese grits, buns, fruit juice and chocolate cake.[36] Alderman orginally chose fried chicken, fried shrimps and a pint of cherry or strawberry ice cream as a last meal, but didn't receive it since his execution was stayed.[37]
Clarence Ray Allen Proxy murder California 2006 Lethal injection Buffalo steak, Frybread, Kentucky Fried Chicken, sugar-free pecan pie, sugar-free black walnut ice cream, and whole milk. He let the ice-cream thaw out for an hour and turned it into a milkshake by hand.[38]
Wanda Jean Allen Murder Oklahoma 2001 Lethal injection A bag of chips.[39]
Stephen Wayne Anderson Murder California 2002 Lethal injection Two grilled cheese sandwiches, one pint of cottage cheese, a hominy-corn mixture, one piece of peach pie, one pint of chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes.[40]
Lowell Lee Andrews Murder Kansas 1962 Hanging Two fried chickens with sides of mashed potatoes, green beans and Pie a la Mode.[41]
Joe Arridy Falsely accused of rape and murder Colorado 1939 Gas chamber Ice cream.[42]
Mark James Asay Murder Florida 2017 Lethal injection Fried pork chops, fried ham, French fries, vanilla swirl ice cream, and a can of Coke.[43]
Herman Dale Ashworth Murder Ohio 2005 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers with lettuce and mayonnaise, french fries with ketchup, one Dr Pepper and one Mountain Dew.[44]
James David Autry Murder Texas 1984 Lethal injection A hamburger, french fries and a Dr Pepper.[45]
Billy Bailey Murder Delaware 1996 Hanging A steak (well-done), a baked potato with sour cream and butter, buttered rolls, peas and vanilla ice cream.[46]
Wesley Eugene Baker Murder Maryland 2005 Lethal injection Breaded fish, pasta marinara, green beans, orange fruit punch, bread, and milk (this was what was on the prison menu that day).[47]
Velma Barfield Murder North Carolina 1984 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, having a bag of Cheez Doodles and a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola instead.[48]
Odell Barnes, Jr. Murder Texas 2000 Lethal injection "Justice, Equality, World Peace."[49]
Suzanne Basso Murder Texas 2014 Lethal injection Baked chicken, fish, boiled eggs, carrots, green beans and sliced bread with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*
Donald Jay Beardslee Murder California 2005 Lethal injection Refused a special meal and had regular prison fare of chili macaroni, salad and cake.[50]
Martha Beck Serial murder New York 1951 Electrocution Fried chicken, fried potatoes and salad.[12]
Brandon Bernard Murder Federal Government 2020 Lethal injection Meat lover's pizza and a brownie.[51]
Rainey Bethea Murder and rape Kentucky 1936 Hanging Fried chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers, cornbread, lemon pie, and ice cream.[52]
Kenneth Biros Murder and robbery Ohio 2009 Lethal injection A cheese pizza, onion rings with fried mushrooms, chips with French onion dip, cherry pie, blueberry ice cream and one Dr. Pepper.[53]
Jesse Bishop Murder Nevada 1979 Gas chamber Filet mignon, tossed salad with Thousand Island dressing, asparagus, baked potato with sour cream and an unspecified dessert.[54]
Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. Serial murder Florida 2016 Lethal injection Medium rare rib eye steak, a baked potato with butter and sour cream, a salad made of iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato, baked garlic bread, lemon meringue pie, and a bottle of Coca-Cola.[55]
William Bonin Serial murder and rape California 1996 Lethal injection Two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of chocolate ice cream, and three six-packs of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.[56]
Gerald James Bordelon Murder Louisiana 2010 Lethal injection Fried sac-a-lait fish, topped with crawfish étouffée, a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich, and chocolate chip cookies.[57]
Lester Leroy Bower, Jr. Murder Texas 2015 Lethal injection Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, black eyed peas, cornbread, sliced bread, and oatmeal bars, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.*[58]
Gary Ray Bowles Serial murder Florida 2019 Lethal injection Three cheeseburgers, french fries and bacon.[59]
Andrew Howard Brannan Murder Georgia 2015 Lethal injection Three eggs over easy, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pecan waffles with strawberries, milk, apple juice and decaf coffee.[60]
Lawrence Russell Brewer Murder Texas 2011 Lethal injection Two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions; a triple meat bacon cheeseburger with fixings on the side; a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños; a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup; one pound of barbecue with half a loaf of white bread; three fajitas with fixings; a Meat Lovers pizza; three root beers; one pint of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream; and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts.[61] Brewer's request was granted, but he refused the meal when it arrived saying that he was simply not hungry, prompting Texas to stop granting last meal requests to condemned inmates.[62]
James Briley Murder, rape and robbery Virginia 1985 Electrocution Fried shrimps with cocktail sauce and a lemon-lime soft drink.[63]
Linwood Briley Murder, rape and robbery Virginia 1984 Electrocution Grilled tenderloin steak, a baked potato, green peas, a salad with french dressing, buttered rolls, cake, peaches, punch and milk.[64]
Charles Brooks, Jr. Murder Texas 1982 Lethal injection A T-bone steak, french fries, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, biscuits, peach cobbler and iced tea.[65] Originally Brooks wanted fried shrimp and oysters, but the prison chef told him shellfish was not an option.[66]
Cal Coburn Brown Murder Washington 2010 Lethal injection Combination meat pizza, apple pie, coffee, and milk.
Russell Earl Bucklew Murder Missouri 2019 Lethal Injection For his final meal, Bucklew ordered a gyro sandwich, a smoked brisket sandwich, two orders of french fries, a cola and a banana split.[67] Previously Bucklew had a t-bone steak, caesar salad, apple pie a la mode, and a baked potato before his execution was stayed.[68]
Robert Anthony Buell Murder Ohio 2002 Lethal injection A single, unpitted black olive.
Judy Buenoano Murder Florida 1998 Electrocution Asparagus, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes and a cup of tea.[69]
Ted Bundy Serial murder Florida 1989 Electrocution Declined a special meal, so he was given (but did not eat) the traditional steak (medium-rare), eggs (over easy), hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly.[20][70]
Genaro Ruiz Camacho Murder and kidnapping Texas 1998 Lethal injection A steak, a baked potato, a salad and strawberry ice cream.
Ruben Cantu Murder Texas 1993 Lethal injection Fried chicken and rice.[71]
Scott Dawn Carpenter Murder Oklahoma 1997 Lethal injection Barbecue beef ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad and hot rolls served with lemonade.[72]
Desmond Keith Carter Murder North Carolina 2002 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but had two cheeseburgers, a steak sandwich, and two cans of Coca-Cola from the prison canteen, for which he paid $4.20 from his prison account.[73]
Richard Cartwright Murder Texas 2005 Lethal injection Fried chicken, a cheeseburger, onion rings, french fries, bacon, sausage, cheesecake and cinnamon rolls.[74]
Oba Chandler Murder Florida 2011 Lethal injection Two salami sandwiches on white bread with mustard, peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich on white bread, iced tea and coffee.
Marco Allen Chapman Murder and rape Kentucky 2008 Lethal injection A 32-ounce medium rare sirloin steak, 20 butterfly shrimp, tossed salad with ranch dressing, iced tea, and a banana cream pie.
Caryl Chessman Kidnapping, rape and robbery California 1960 Gas chamber A sandwich and a Coke.[34]
Terry Douglas Clark Murder New Mexico 2001 Lethal injection Several jumbo shrimp, french fries, fried okra, peach cobbler, ice cream, and a Coke.
Robert Glen Coe Murder Tennessee 2000 Lethal injection Fried catfish, white beans, hush puppies, coleslaw, french fries, pecan pie and sweet tea.
Carroll Cole Serial murder Nevada 1985 Lethal injection Jumbo shrimp, french fries, tossed salad with French dressing, clam chowder, cookies and candy.[54]
Alton Coleman Murder spree Ohio 2002 Lethal injection Well done filet mignon smothered with mushrooms, fried chicken breasts, a salad with French dressing, sweet potato pie with whipped cream, french fries, collard greens, onion rings, cornbread, broccoli with melted cheese, biscuits and gravy, and a cherry Coca-Cola.
Lisa Ann Coleman Murder Texas 2014 Lethal injection A fried pork chop, macaroni and cheese, carrots, green beans, navy beans, sliced bread and pineapple orange cake with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*[75]
Richard Cooey Murder and rape Ohio 2008 Lethal injection T-bone steak with A-1 sauce, onion rings, french fries, four eggs over easy, toast with butter, hash browns, a pint of rocky road ice cream, a Mountain Dew soft drink and authentic bear claw pastries[76]
Francis Crowley Murder New York 1932 Electrocution Steak and onions, french fries, apple pie, ice cream and melted ice cream.[12]
Ignacio Cuevas Perpetrator of the 1974 Huntsville Prison Siege Texas 1991 Lethal injection Chicken and dumplings, steamed rice, sliced bread, black-eyed peas, and iced tea.[77]
Allen Lee Davis Murder Florida 1999 Electrocution One lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half-pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, half a loaf of garlic bread, and 32 ounces of A&W root beer.[78]
Gary Lee Davis Murder Colorado 1997 Lethal injection Chocolate and vanilla ice cream cups, shared with the prison superintendent and a manager.[79]
Troy Anthony Davis Murder Georgia 2011 Lethal injection Declined a special meal and was offered the standard meal tray: Grilled cheeseburgers, oven-browned potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies and a grape drink.[80]
David Thomas Dawson Murder Montana 2006 Lethal injection Two double cheeseburgers, two large servings of french fries, a half gallon of vanilla fudge ripple ice cream, and two bottles of Dr Pepper.
Carman L. Deck Murder Missouri 2022 Lethal injection A ribeye steak, shrimps, asparagus, a salad with Italian dressing, cottage cheese and V8 juice.[81]
John Deering Murder Utah 1938 Firing squad Pheasant.[82]
Ángel Nieves Díaz Murder Florida 2006 Lethal injection Declined a special meal. He was served the regular prison meal for that day consisting of shredded turkey with taco seasoning, shredded cheese, rice, pinto beans, tortilla shells, apple crisp and iced tea, but declined that as well.[83]
Westley Allan Dodd Serial murder and child molestation Washington 1993 Hanging Broiled salmon and fried potatoes.[84]
Elizabeth Ann Duncan Proxy murder California 1962 Gas chamber A steak and a salad.[85]
John David Duty Murder Oklahoma 2010 Lethal injection A double cheeseburger with mayonnaise, a foot-long hot dog with cheese, mustard and extra onions, a cherry limeade, and a large banana milkshake.[86]
James Homer Elledge Murder Washington 2001 Lethal injection Eggs, bacon, waffles, sweet roll, cereal and orange juice. Elledge did not eat the dinner despite requesting it; his last meal was instead a breakfast consisting of apple juice, oatmeal, toast, hash browns, coffee and eggs.[87]
John Louis Evans Murder Alabama 1983 Electrocution A shrimp dinner.[34]
John Fautenberry Serial killer Ohio 2009 Lethal injection Two eggs sunny side up, fried potatoes, two slices of fried bologna, four slices of wheat bread, two slices of buttered wheat toast, four tomato slices, lettuce with mayonnaise, two 3 Musketeers bars and two packages of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.[88]
Victor Feguer Murder Federal Government 1963 Hanging Requested a single olive with the pit still in it.[89]
Raymond Fernandez Serial murder New York 1951 Electrocution Onion omelet, french fries, chocolate candy, and a Cuban cigar.
Samuel Russell Flippen Murder North Carolina 2006 Lethal injection Popcorn shrimp, hush puppies, french fries and a Coke.[90]
Melbert Ray Ford, Jr. Murder Georgia 2010 Lethal injection Fried fish, shrimp, a baked potato, salad, boiled corn, ice cream, cheesecake and soda.[91]
Joseph Paul Franklin Serial murder Missouri 2013 Lethal injection Declined the last meal, but had a lunch of roast beef and potatoes.
James Garrett Freeman Murder Texas 2016 Lethal injection Pepper steak with brown gravy, steamed rice, mixed greens, a vegetable blend, black-eyed peas, sliced bread, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, and a choice of water, tea or punch. He is believed to have drunk the punch.*[55]
John Wayne Gacy Serial murder Illinois 1994 Lethal injection A dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe Kentucky Fried Chicken, french fries, a pound of strawberries, and a bottle of Diet Coke.[92]
Gustavo Julian Garcia Murder Texas 2016 Lethal injection Chicken patties, macaroni and cheese, sweet peas, carrots, pinto beans, sliced bread, and a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*[55]
Humberto Leal Garcia Murder and rape Texas 2011 Lethal injection Fried chicken, Pico de gallo, tacos, two colas and a bowl of fried okra.[93]
Ronnie Lee Gardner Murder Utah 2010 Firing squad Lobster tail, steak, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, and 7 Up. He also requested to watch The Lord of the Rings film trilogy while he ate his meal.[94]
Johnny Frank Garrett Murder Texas 1992 Lethal injection Ice cream.[95]
Carlton Michael Gary Serial murder Georgia 2018 Lethal injection Declined a special meal and requested the regular prison meal of the day: a grilled hamburger, a hot dog, white beans, coleslaw and grape beverage.[96]
Juan Raul Garza Murder and drug trafficking Federal Government 2001 Lethal injection Steak, french fries, onion rings, three slices of bread, and a soda.
Kenneth Edward Gentry Murder Texas 1997 Lethal injection Butter beans, mashed potatoes, onions, tomatoes, biscuits, chocolate cake and Dr Pepper.[97]
Gary Gilmore Murder Utah 1977 Firing squad A hamburger, hard-boiled eggs, a baked potato, a few cups of coffee, and three shots of contraband Jack Daniel's whiskey.[20][92][98]
Kelly Renee Gissendaner Murder Georgia 2015 Lethal injection Cheese dip with chips, Texas nachos with fajita meat and a diet frosted lemonade. Previously Gissendaner had cornbread, buttermilk, two Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of french fries, cherry vanilla ice cream, popcorn, lemonade and a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Paul Newman buttermilk dressing before her execution was stayed.[99]
Arthur Frederick Goode III Murder Florida 1984 Electrocution A steak, corn, broccoli and cookies.[100]
David Alan Gore Serial murder Florida 2012 Lethal injection Fried chicken, french fries & butter pecan ice cream.[101]
Barbara Graham Murder California 1955 Gas chamber A milkshake and a chocolate sundae.[102]
John Marion Grant Murder Oklahoma 2021 Lethal injection Two bacon cheeseburgers with onion, tomato, pickles, lettuce and mustard, barbeque chips, a 2-liter bottle of Mr. Pibb, a half-gallon of Neapolitan ice cream, and a large pack of Nutter Butter sandwich cookies.[103]
Thomas J. Grasso Murder Oklahoma 1995 Lethal injection Two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and diced strawberries. He also had a 16-ounce can of spaghetti with meatballs, served at room temperature.[104] However, he issued a public statement complaining that he had requested SpaghettiOs, not regular canned spaghetti.[105]
Randy Greenawalt Serial murder Arizona 1997 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers, french fries with extra salt, coffee with milk.[106]
Douglas Edward Gretzler Serial murder Arizona 1998 Lethal injection Six fried eggs (over easy), four strips of bacon (chewy), two slices of buttered white bread toast, one cup of coffee, and two bottles of Coca-Cola (served with ice).[107]
Scott Allen Hain Murder Oklahoma 2003 Lethal injection Three cheeseburgers, three orders of onion rings, ice cream and a Slush.[108]
Donald Eugene Harding Murder Arizona 1992 Gas chamber Several Fried Eggs, Several Strips of bacon, toast, butter, honey and orange juice.[107]
Robert Alton Harris Murder California 1992 Gas Chamber A 21-piece bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, two large Domino's Pizzas, ice cream, a bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel cigarettes.[109][110] The pizza was actually a Tombstone Pizza, per Vernell Crittendon's orders.[111] Crittendon worked at the prison and was responsible for dealing with the condemned person before his execution.
Edward Ernest Hartman Murder North Carolina 2003 Lethal injection A Greek salad, linguini with white clam sauce, cheesecake with cherry topping, garlic bread, and Coca-Cola.[112]
Bruno Richard Hauptmann Lindbergh kidnapping and murder New Jersey 1936 Electrocution Celery, stuffed green olives, roast chicken, french fried potatoes, buttered peas, cherries, and a slice of white cake.[20]
Gary Michael Heidnik Murder Pennsylvania 1999 Lethal injection Two slices of cheese pizza and two cups of black coffee.[113]
Warren Lee Hill, Jr. Murder Georgia 2015 Lethal injection Declined a special meal and was offered the institutional meal tray, consisting of shepherd's pie, mashed potatoes, red beans, cabbage relish salad, cornbread, sugar cookies and fruit punch.[114]
Mark Hopkinson Proxy murder Wyoming 1992 Lethal injection Pizza, shared with his mother and other family members. He later asked for and received a fruit plate.
James Barney Hubbard Murder Alabama 2004 Lethal injection Two fried eggs over-medium, four slices of bacon, sliced tomatoes, fried green tomatoes, pineapple slices with mayonnaise, white bread, a banana and a medium-sized bottle of V8 juice.
Ralph Hudson Murder New Jersey 1963 Electrocution Prime rib steak, ice cream and a cigar.
Billy Ray Irick Murder Tennessee 2018 Lethal injection A 'deluxe combo' meal consisting of a double bacon cheeseburger with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato and pickles, a large order of onion rings, a large Coca-Cola with a wedge of lime, and an extra-large strawberry-banana milkshake.
Ernest Lee Johnson Murder Missouri 2021 Lethal injection Two double bacon cheeseburgers, onion rings, two large strawberry milkshakes and a large pizza.[115]
Shannon M. Johnson Murder Delaware 2012 Lethal injection Chicken lo Mein, carrots, cake, wheat bread and margarine and iced tea.[116]
Brandon Astor Jones Murder Georgia 2016 Lethal injection Refused the option of choosing his last meal, so was given the standard meal on the menu that day of chicken and rice, rutabaga, seasoned turnip greens, dry white beans, cornbread, bread pudding and fruit punch.[55]
Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Serial murder Arkansas 2017 Lethal injection Fried chicken, fried potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three candy bars, a chocolate milkshake and fruit punch.[117]
Louis Jones, Jr. Murder Federal Government 2003 Lethal injection Whole fruit: peaches, plums and nectarines.[118]
John Joubert Serial murder Nebraska 1996 Electrocution Cheese pizza with green pepper and onions, strawberry cheesecake, and Coca-Cola.
Steven Timothy Judy Mass murder Indiana 1981 Electrocution Prime rib, lobster tails, potatoes with sour cream, chef salad with French dressing and a dinner roll. He also requested four cans of beer but they were denied.[119]
Barton Kay Kirkham Robbery and murder Utah 1958 Hanging Pizzas and ice cream.[120]
Thomas Knight Murder Florida 2014 Lethal injection Sweet potato pie, coconut cake, banana nut bread, a quarter bottle of Sprite, two tablespoons of strawberries, butter-pecan ice cream, vanilla ice cream and Fritos corn chips.[121]
Andrew Reid Lackey Murder Alabama 2013 Lethal injection Turkey bologna, french fries, and grilled cheese.
Karl-Heinz LaGrand Murder Arizona 1999 Lethal injection Two BLT sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise, four fried eggs (over easy), a medium portion of hash browns, two breakfast rolls with strawberry jelly, half a pint of pineapple sherbet, a cup of coffee, a medium slice of German chocolate cake with coconut-caramel icing and a cup of milk.[122]
Walter Bernhard LaGrand Murder Arizona 1999 Gas chamber Six fried eggs (over easy), 16 strips of bacon, a large serving of hash browns, a pint of pineapple sherbet, a breakfast steak (well-done), a cup of ice, a can each of 7 Up, Dr Pepper, and Coca-Cola, hot sauce, a cup of coffee, two packs of sugar and four Rolaids.[122]
Jeffrey Timothy Landrigan Murder Arizona 2010 Lethal injection Steak, fried okra, french fries, strawberry shake and Dr Pepper.[107]
Ledell Lee Murdered his neighbor Arkansas 2017 Lethal injection Chose to receive Holy Communion as his last meal.[123]
Teresa Lewis Proxy murder Virginia 2010 Lethal injection Two fried chicken breasts, sweet peas with butter, a Dr Pepper and apple pie for dessert.[124]
Stanley Dewaine Lingar Murder Missouri 2001 Lethal injection Corned beef sandwiches and french fries.[125]
Clayton Derrell Lockett Murder Oklahoma 2014 Lethal injection Chateaubriand steak, shrimp, a large baked potato and a Kentucky bourbon pecan pie. The meal was denied because it exceeded the $15 limit. He rejected a separate offer from the warden for a dinner from Western Sizzlin'.[126]
Bobby Joe Long Serial murder Florida 2019 Lethal injection Roast beef, bacon, french fries and soda.[127]
William Earl Lynd Murder Georgia 2008 Lethal injection Two pepper jack barbecue burgers with crispy onions, baked potatoes with sour cream, bacon and cheese, and a large strawberry milkshake.[128]
Daryl Linnie Mack Murder Nevada 2006 Lethal injection Fish fillet sandwich, french fries and a soft drink.[54]
Ernest Martin Murder Ohio 2003 Lethal injection A cheeseburger, french fries, apple pie and a Pepsi.[129]
Rhonda Belle Martin Serial murder Alabama 1957 Electrocution A hamburger, mashed potatoes, cinammon rolls and coffee.[130]
David Mason Murder California 1993 Gas chamber Declined a special meal, but chose to have some ice water while waiting in his cell.
Robert Lee Massie Murder California 2001 Lethal injection Two vanilla milkshakes, extra crispy french fries, extra crispy fried oysters, and soft drinks.[131]
Kimberly McCarthy Murder Texas 2013 Lethal injection Pepper steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables and white cake with chocolate icing with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* McCarthy was the 500th person executed by the state of Texas since 1976.[132]
Stephen Albert McCoy Serial murder Texas 1989 Lethal injection A cheeseburger, french fries, and a strawberry milkshake.[133]
Kenneth Allen McDuff Serial murder Texas 1998 Lethal injection Two T-bone steaks (well done) with all the fixings.[134]
Dennis B. McGuire Murder Ohio 2014 Lethal injection Roast beef, fried chicken, a bagel with cream cheese, fried potatoes with onions, potato salad, butter pecan ice cream and a bottle of Coca-Cola.[135]
Duncan Peder McKenzie, Jr. Murder Montana 1995 Lethal injection Tenderloin steak (medium), french fries, a tossed salad, orange sherbet and whole milk.[136]
Harold I. McQueen, Jr. Murder Kentucky 1997 Electrocution Two cheesecakes, shared with his attorney.
Timothy McVeigh Domestic terrorism and mass murder Federal Government 2001 Lethal injection Two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.[137][138]
Emeline Meaker Murder Vermont 1883 Hanging Two boiled eggs, two slices of toast, a baked potato, a donut and a cup of coffee.[139]
Aaron Mitchell Murder California 1967 Gas chamber Fried chicken, bread and butter, and milk.[34]
Walter Moody Murder Alabama 2018 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but shared two philly cheesesteak sandwiches, a bag of chips, two Dr. Pepper sodas, one bag of M&M's and an almond Hershey bar with two attorneys and three friends before the execution.[140]
Carey Dean Moore Murder Nebraska 2018 Lethal injection Pizza with bacon, beef, cheese and mushrooms, Pepsi, and strawberry cheesecake.
Harry Charles Moore Murder Oregon 1997 Lethal injection Two green apples, two red apples, a tray of fresh fruit and two 2-liter bottles of Coca-Cola.
Richard Allen Moran Murder Nevada 1996 Lethal injection Lasagna, chicken Parmesan, salad and ice cream.[54]
Stephen Peter Morin Serial murder Texas 1985 Lethal injection A T-bone steak, a baked potato, butter, sweet green peas, bread rolls, banana pudding and coffee.[141]
Leon Moser Murder Pennsylvania 1995 Lethal injection A large cheese pizza, cheese slices, cold cuts, pasta salad, iced cup cakes and a 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola.
John Allen Muhammad Murder Virginia 2009 Lethal injection Chicken and several cakes.[142]
Eric Randall Nance Murder Arkansas 2005 Lethal injection Two bacon cheeseburgers, french fries, two pints of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and two bottles of Coca-Cola.
Jay Wesley Neill Mass murder Oklahoma 2002 Lethal injection A double cheeseburger, french fries, peach or cherry cobbler, a pint of vanilla ice cream and a large bottle of cranberry-grape juice.[143]
Eric Charles Nenno Murder and rape Texas 2008 Lethal injection A grilled cheeseburger, four fish patties, six hard boiled eggs and coffee.[144]
John B. Nixon Murder Mississippi 2005 Lethal injection A T-bone steak (well done), buttered asparagus spears, a baked potato with sour cream, peach pie, vanilla ice cream and sweet tea.[145]
Ronald Clark O'Bryan Murder Texas 1984 Lethal injection T-bone steak (medium to well done), french fries with ketchup, whole kernel corn, sweet peas, a lettuce and tomato salad with sliced egg and French dressing, iced tea, sweetener, saltines, Boston cream pie, and rolls.[49]
Steven Howard Oken Murder spree Maryland 2004 Lethal injection A chicken patty with potatoes and gravy, green beans, marble cake, milk and fruit punch, the regular prison meal of the day.[146]
Elijah Page Murder South Dakota 2007 Lethal injection Steak (medium), jalapeño peppers with cream sauce, onion rings, a salad with cherry tomatoes, ham chunks, shredded cheese, bacon bits, and blue cheese and ranch dressing, coffee, lemon iced tea, and ice cream.
Manuel Pardo, Jr. Serial murder Florida 2012 Lethal injection Rice, red beans, roasted pork, plantains, avocado, tomatoes, olive oil, pumpkin pie, egg nog, and Cuban Coffee.[147]
Joseph Mitchell Parsons Murder Utah 1999 Lethal injection Three Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of french fries, a chocolate shake, chocolate chip ice cream, and a package of grape Hubba Bubba bubblegum, to be shared with his brother and a cousin.[148]
James Emery Paster Serial murder Texas 1989 Lethal injection Steak, salad, french fried potatoes, and watermelon.[149]
Ronald Ray Phillips Murder and rape Ohio 2017 Lethal injection A large cheese, bell pepper and mushroom pizza; strawberry cheesecake, a piece of unleavened bread, a bottle of Pepsi and grape juice.[150]
Michael Kent Poland Murder Arizona 1999 Lethal injection Three Fried eggs, sunny side up; four slices of bacon; one order of hash brown potatoes; two slices of whole wheat toast, with two pats of real butter; two individual serving size boxes of Raisin Bran cereal; two cartons of milk; two cups of Tasters Choice coffee.[107]
Marion Albert Pruett Murder spree Arkansas 1999 Lethal injection A stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut, four Burger King Whoppers, a large order of french fries, three two-liter bottles of Pepsi, a bucket of ice, a bottle of ketchup, salt, fried eggplant, fried squash, fried okra, and a pecan pie. In an interview prior to his execution date, he said he was going to share his last meal with another inmate who was going to be executed the same day. He went on to say he originally wanted to have a roast duck for his last meal, but declined because he felt the prison would likely not prepare it.
Domineque Ray Murder and rape Alabama 2019 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but had the regular breakfast meal for that day consisting of milk, eggs, jelly, two biscuits, prunes and potatoes.[151]
Ricky Ray Rector Murder Arkansas 1992 Lethal injection Steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and a pecan pie. Rector, rendered mentally incapacitated by his suicide attempt after murdering a police officer, said that he did not eat the pie because he was "saving it for later".[152]
Paul Ezra Rhoades Murder spree Idaho 2011 Lethal injection Hot dogs, sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, baked beans, veggie sticks, ranch dressing, fruit with gelatin and strawberry ice cream cups.[153]
Christina Marie Riggs Murder Arkansas 2000 Lethal injection Supreme pizza, salad, fried okra, cherry limeade and strawberry shortcake.[69]
Danny Rolling Serial murder Florida 2006 Lethal injection Lobster tail, butterfly shrimp, baked potato, strawberry cheesecake, and sweet tea.[154]
Michael Bruce Ross Serial murder Connecticut 2005 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but dined on the regular prison meal of the day: turkey à la king over rice, mixed vegetables, white bread, fruit, and a beverage.[155]
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti Murder (case still open) Massachusetts 1927 Electrocution Soup, meat, toast and tea.
Mark Dean Schwab Murder Florida 2008 Lethal injection Fried eggs (over easy), bacon, sausage links, hash browns, buttered toast, and a quart of chocolate milk.
Sean Richard Sellers Serial murder Oklahoma 1999 Lethal Injection Eggrolls, sweet and sour shrimp, and batter-fried shrimp.
Joseph Carl Shaw Murder South Carolina 1985 Electrocution Pizza and tossed salad.[156]
Jaturun Siripongs Murder California 1999 Lethal injection Two cans of Lucky Arctic iced tea and two cups of Mission Pride canned peaches.[157]
James Edward Smith Murder Texas 1990 Lethal injection A lump of dirt, which was denied. He settled for a cup of yogurt.[104]
Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene Hickock Mass murder Kansas 1965 Hanging Shrimp, french fries, garlic bread, ice cream, and strawberries with whipped cream.[20]
Ruth Snyder Murder New York 1928 Electrocution Chicken Parmesan with alfredo pasta, ice cream, two milkshakes, and a 12-pack of grape soda.[14]
John Spenkelink Murder Florida 1979 Electrocution A flask of Jack Daniel's, shared with the prison superintendent.[158]
Juanita Spinelli Murder California 1941 Gas chamber Turkey meat and a hamburger.[34]
Gerald Eugene Stano Serial murder Florida 1998 Electrocution Delmonico steak, a baked potato with sour cream and bacon bits, tossed salad with Roquefort dressing, buttered lima beans, a half gallon of mint chocolate-chip ice cream, and a 2-litre bottle of Pepsi.[159]
Charles Starkweather Murder Nebraska 1959 Electrocution Declined the usual steak dinner, asking for assorted cold cuts instead.
Brian David Steckel Murder Delaware 2005 Lethal injection Cheesesteak, coleslaw, and a Pepsi-Cola.
Raymond Lee Stewart Murder spree Illinois 1996 Lethal injection Fried perch, potato salad, coleslaw, canned peaches and fruit juice.[160][161]
Robert Austin Sullivan Murder Florida 1983 Electrocution Steak, french fries, milk, and fresh strawberries.[162]
Nicholas Todd Sutton Serial murder Tennessee 2020 Electrocution Ordered fried pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy and peach pie with vanilla ice cream.[163]
Joseph Taborsky Murder spree Connecticut 1960 Electrocution Banana split, cherry soda, coffee with cream and sugar, and a pack of cigarettes.
John Albert Taylor Murder Utah 1996 Firing squad Antacid medicine, a cigarette, and pizzas "with everything."[164]
Thomas Martin Thompson Murder California 1998 Lethal injection Alaskan king crab with melted butter, spinach salad, pork fried rice, Mandarin-style spare ribs, hot fudge sundae and a six-pack of Coca-Cola.[165]
William Paul Thompson Serial murder Nevada 1989 Lethal injection Four double bacon cheeseburgers, french fries and a large Coke.[54]
Karla Faye Tucker Murder Texas 1998 Lethal injection A banana, a peach and a salad with either Ranch or Italian dressing.[166]
Robert Van Hook Murder Ohio 2018 Lethal injection Double cheeseburgers, fries, strawberry cheesecake with whipped cream, a vanilla milkshake and grapefruit juice.[167]
Pablo Lucio Vasquez Murder Texas 2016 Lethal injection Salisbury steak, steamed rice, brown gravy, a vegetable blend, sweet peas, ranch style beans, sliced bread, and butterscotch brownies with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*[55]
Charles Walker Murder Illinois 1990 Lethal injection Fried wild rabbit, biscuits, and blackberry pie.[168]
Adam Kelly Ward Murder Texas 2016 Lethal injection Beef soft tacos, Spanish rice, salsa, mixed greens, corn, refried beans, and flour tortillas with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*[55]
Keith Eugene Wells Murder Idaho 1994 Lethal injection Whole lobster, well-done prime rib, fried potatoes, salad with tomatoes and onions and Italian dressing, two pints of ice cream, a half gallon of milk, a two-liter bottle of soda and two apple fritters.[169]
Coy Wayne Wesbrook Murder Texas 2016 Lethal injection Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, country gravy, green beans, sliced bread, and mandarin orange cake with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* However, he refused that meal, wishing Texas could offer last meal requests again.[55]
Thomas Warren Whisenhant Serial murder Alabama 2010 Lethal injection Chicken leg quarters, french fries, American cheese, orange drink, coffee and chocolate pudding.[170]
Jerry White Murder Florida 1995 Electrocution Grilled round steak, French fried potatoes, coleslaw, toast, and orange juice.[171]
Dobie Gillis Williams Murder Louisiana 1999 Lethal injection Twelve chocolate bars and some ice cream.
Keith Daniel Williams Murder California 1996 Lethal injection Fried pork chops, a baked potato with real butter, asparagus, salad with bleu cheese dressing, apple pie, and whole milk.[172]
Kenneth Dewayne Williams Serial murder Arkansas 2017 Lethal injection Two pieces of fried chicken with a side of sweet rice, BBQ pinto beans, a slice of bread, a peanut butter cookie, and a cinnamon roll.[173]
Stanley Tookie Williams III Murder California 2005 Lethal injection Declined a special meal,[174] but had some oatmeal and milk before his execution.[175]
Marion Wilson, Jr. Murder Georgia 2019 Lethal injection One medium thin-crust pizza with everything, 20 buffalo wings, one pint of butter pecan ice cream, some apple pie and grape juice.[176]
Hastings Arthur Wise Mass murder South Carolina 2005 Lethal injection Lobster tail, french fries, coleslaw, banana pudding and milk.[177]
Joseph Rudolph Wood III Murder Arizona 2014 Lethal injection Two cookies.[107]
Bobby Wayne Woods Murder, kidnapping, and rape Texas 2009 Lethal injection Two chicken fried steaks, two fried chicken breasts, three fried pork chops, two hamburgers with lettuce, tomato, onion and salad dressing, four slices of bread, half a pound of fried potatoes with onion, half a pound of onion rings with ketchup, half a pan of chocolate cake with icing and two pitchers of milk.
Steven Michael Woods, Jr. Murder Texas 2011 Lethal injection 2 pounds of bacon, a large 4-meat pizza, 4 fried chicken breasts, 2 drinks each of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, root beer and sweet tea, 2 pints of ice cream, 5 chicken fried steaks, 2 hamburgers with bacon, french fries, and a dozen garlic bread sticks with marinara on the side.
Nathaniel Woods Murder Alabama 2020 Lethal injection Sweet potatoes, spinach, chicken patty, chicken leg quarter, cooked apples, fries, two oranges and orange flavored drink.[178]
Philip Ray Workman Murder Tennessee 2007 Lethal injection Declined a special meal for himself, but he asked for a large vegetarian pizza to be given to a homeless person in Nashville, Tennessee. This request was denied by the prison, but carried out by others across the country.[179][180]
Douglas Franklin Wright Serial murder Oregon 1996 Lethal injection One honey bun.
Matthew Eric Wrinkles Murder Indiana 2009 Lethal injection Prime rib, a "loaded" baked potato, pork chops with steak fries, rolls and two salads with ranch dressing.[181]
Aileen Wuornos Serial murder Florida 2002 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but had a hamburger and other snack food from the prison's canteen. Later, she drank a cup of coffee.[73]
Edmund Zagorski Murder Tennessee 2018 Electrocution Pickled ham hocks and pig tails.
Keith Zettlemoyer Murder Pennsylvania 1995 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers, fries, chocolate pudding and chocolate milk.[182]
William G. Zuern, Jr. Murder Ohio 2004 Lethal injection Mashed potatoes and gravy, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, corn, garlic bread, chocolate milk, and cherry cheesecake.

(*) Texas abolished last meal requests in 2011, so all death row inmates in Texas after 2011 were given normal prison food.[183]

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