Famous Last Meals of Notorious Killers

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Timothy McVeigh, who was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute Indiana on June 11, 2001, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more requested two pints of Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.

Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed in 2010, in Utah, via a firing squad. His last meal request was for lobster tail, steak, and apple pie a la mode, and 7-Up.

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Gary Gilmore, in a rarity regarding alcohol with last meals, was allowed three shots of Jack Daniels whiskey with his hamburger, baked potato, hard-boiled egg, and coffee prior to his execution in 1977.

John Wayne Gacy assaulted, tortured, and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the 1970s. His last meal request before is execution in 1994, was for fried chicken, fried shrimp, French fries, and fresh strawberries.

In a curious request, Tennessee inmate Philip Workman asked that a vegetarian pizza be distributed to any homeless person in Nashville. His 2007 request was denied by prison officials, but some local groups decided to fulfill his wishes and donated pizzas to homeless shelters.

The man convicted of murdering Charles Lindbergh’s baby, Bruno Richard Hauptmann opted for a final meal of chicken, buttered peas, French fries, olives, celery, cherries, and a slice of cake before his execution in 1936.

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In September 2010, Teresa Lewis became the first female convict to be killed by lethal injection in the state of Virginia. She was convicted of killing her husband and stepson. Her final meal request: sweet peas with butter, fried chicken, German chocolate cake, and Dr. Pepper.

Herman W. Mudgett, also known as H.H. Holmes, was one of America’s first documented serial killers. According to Erik Larson’s book “The Devil in the White City,” Holmes was served a breakfast of boiled eggs, dry toast and coffee before he was hanged on the morning of May 7, 1896.

 

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