More than 50 nations worldwide implement capital punishment for heinous crimes. Still, it seems that only the United States allows prisoners on death row to have something called “last meals” a day or two before execution.
Facing a looming death penalty, a criminal offender has the chance to ask for a special meal with some restrictions; alcohol and tobacco are usually denied, while unusual requests are replaced with substitutes.
In the name of humanity as well as for the sake of making a noticeable difference between capital punishment and extrajudicial execution, the condemned are granted an opportunity to feast upon foods and beverages of their choosing, as long as the requests are objectively reasonable and reasonably affordable.
In Florida, the food for a last meal must be available locally and cost no more than $40. The limit in Oklahoma is $15. Throughout history, the last meals asked by some of the most dangerous criminals have been well-documented.
10 Victor Feguer
In the summer of 1960, Victor Feguer kidnapped and murdered Doctor Edward Bartels.
Feguer was native to Michigan, and when he was in Iowa, he called the doctor (whom he chose randomly from a Yellow Book) and claimed that a woman needed medical attention.
Feguer kidnapped the doctor and killed him with a single gunshot to the head in Illinois.
A few days later, he was arrested after trying to sell Dr. Bartels’ car in Montgomery, Alabama. Because he crossed state lines, Feguer faced federal charges.
For his crimes, he was sentenced to death by hanging in Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison. For his last meal, he asked for a single olive with the pit in it. He was buried carrying the olive pit in his pocket.
9 John Wayne Gacy
Also known as “The Killer Clown” from his performances at children’s hospitals as a clown, John Wayne Gacy was convicted and executed for the rape and murder of 33 boys and young men between 1872 and 1978.
The corpses of 27 victims were buried in his house’s crawlspace, while others were found in nearby rivers.
He was arrested in December 1978 for possession of marijuana, but a search warrant to his home led to the discovery of human remains.
Gacy was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994, at Stateville Correctional Center in Cress Hill, Illinois. He had a dozen fried shrimp for his last meals, a bucket of original recipe KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.