Alcohol or tobacco are usually denied when it comes to the meal request of the condemned prisoner on death row, but back in the day, the law was different. Some inmates were fortunate enough to receive a “little glass of rum”, while others had to settle for a glass of water.
Here’s a round-up of the last rounds on death row.
Before this Nazi senior officer was executed in Israel in 1962, his final request was a bottle of Carmel, an Israeli red wine. He drank about half of the bottle.
Known as “The Vampire of Düsseldorf” Peter Kürten was convicted of committing a series of sexual assaults and murders around that German city in 1929. Before his execution in 1931, he requested Wienerschnitzel, fried potatoes, and a bottle of white wine. He requested seconds and it was granted.
Friedrich Heinrich Karl Haarmann became known as the Butcher of Hanover after he sexually assaulted, murdered and mutilated at least 24 boys and young men in Germany in the wake of World War I. In lieu of the last meal, he was granted an expensive cigar and a cup of Brazilian coffee.
Oscar Ray Bolin Jr.
Serial killer Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. was executed three decades after his crimes. He brutally murdered three women in the Tampa Bay area in 1986. He ordered a rib-eye steak cooked medium-rare, a baked potato that had both butter and sour cream, a salad that included tomato and cucumber on top, garlic bread, and a bottle of Coca-Cola. Bolin ate half the steak and potato, officials said, nibbled on the salad, drank half his coke and finished his slice of pie.
John Martin Scripps
John Martin Scripps befriended unknowing tourists, then butchered them and drained their bank accounts. One of his victims was a South African, who he met at the Changi Airport in Singapore. After his last meal of pizza and hot chocolate, he was hanged on April 19, 1996.
Aileen Wuornos, one of the better known female serial killers, was found guilty of killing seven men and was executed in Florida in 2002. She declined a special meal but had a hamburger and other snack food from the prison’s canteen. Later, she drank a cup of coffee.
Allen Lee Davis
350-pound mass murderer “Tiny” Davis was sentenced to death after killing and brutally beating a pregnant woman and her two daughters. He had 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.
Billy Ray Irick
Convicted child rapist and killer Billy Ray Irick picked a final meal of a ‘deluxe combo’ meal consisting of a double patty bacon cheeseburger with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato and pickles, a large order of onion rings, a large Coke with a wedge of lime, and an extra-large strawberry-banana milkshake. The name of the restaurant that prepared the meal was not released “out of an abundance of caution,” the department said. Irick was the first to receive the last meal option in Tennessee for over a decade. Today, death row inmates in the state are given a $20 limit to spend on their last meal.
Ted Bundy was a notorious murderer, rapist and necrophiliac who was responsible for the deaths of numerous women in the 1970s. He declined to order a special meal and was, therefore, offered the standard last supper of a steak medium rare, over-easy eggs, hash browns, toast with butter and jam, a glass of milk and a glass of orange juice.