10 Weirdest Last Meal Requests On Death Row
It is then up to a jury to decide whether to give the death sentence; this usually has to be a unanimous decision. If the jury agrees on death, the defendant will remain on death row during the appeal and other procedures, which may continue for several years.
So, once an execution date is finalized, the condemned prisoner goes through a customary ritual preceding execution, that is their last meal.
10. Victor Harry Feguer
Victor Feguer was tried and convicted of murder in federal court for his crimes. He was sentenced to death by hanging. Victor submitted an appeal, which was denied. At that point, only President John F. Kennedy could have commuted the death sentence. Iowa’s then governor, Harold Hughes, a death penalty opponent, along with Victor’s attorney, contacted Kennedy to request clemency for Victor. Kennedy thought that the crime was so brutal that he denied their request.
He was the last federal inmate executed in the United States before the moratorium on the death penalty following Furman v. Georgia criminal case. He was also the last person to be executed in Iowa. After Victor’s death, it would be nearly 40 years until the next federal execution — that of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
Victor was put to death at the age of 28. For his last meal, he requested a single olive with the pit in it. Photographer Henry Hargreaves captured this haunting image, quoting:
“It’s just such a polarizing image. We think about last meals and is it something that’s going to be totally gluttonous, and then he just has a single olive.
You know, it’s so simple, beautiful and kind of final. It’s like a full stop at the end of his life.”
9. Timothy McVeigh
Timothy McVeigh was the American terrorist behind the Oklahoma City bombing which killed 168 people and 680 others were injured.
For his last meal, McVeigh requested two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
8. Angel Nieves Diaz
Angel Diaz was put to death in Florida by lethal injection at the age of 55. He was sentenced to death for murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery, though he maintained his innocence until his death.
Diaz declined a last meal, so he was served the regular prison meal, which he declined to eat as well.
7. Steven Michael Woods Jr.
Steven Woods was sentenced to death after a jury convicted him of the capital murders of a young drug dealer and his wife. In 2004, Woods was fighting for prisoner rights. In late 2006, Woods was part of a hunger strike in Polunsky, to oppose death row inmates’ treatment.
He had a crazy last meal request, which is as follows:
6. John Wayne Gacy
Serial killer John Wayne Gacy was put to death in Illinois by lethal injection at the age of 52. The Killer Clown was sentenced to death for the rape and 33 counts of murder. For his last meal, Gacy requested 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, french fries, and a pound of strawberries.
One fun fact, prior to being convicted, Gacy managed three KFC outlets.