13 Last Meals Requested by Executed Texas Prisoners

Disinfo was doing the whole “listicle” thing before it became the norm. Here’s an excerpt from our Book of Lists, which was published in 2004:

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Taken verbatim from a now-deleted page on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website.

13. Delbert Teague Jr.

Executed September 9, 1998. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice notes: “Last minute he decided to eat a hamburger at his Mother’s request.”

12. Juan Soria

Executed July 26, 2000. “Chicken, three pieces of fish, burgers, pizza, fruit (grapes, plums, peaches, apples, tangerines), doughnuts, walnuts, chocolate candy bar, plain potato chips, picante sauce, hot sauce, salad with ranch dressing, Coke, and Sprite.”

11. Miguel Richardson

Executed June 26, 2001. “Chocolate birthday cake with ’2/23/90′ written on top, seven pink candles, one coconut, kiwi fruit juice, pineapple juice, one mango, grapes, lettuce, cottage cheese, peaches, one banana, one delicious apple, chef salad without meat and with thousand island dressing, fruit salad, cheese, and tomato slices.”

10. James Powell

Executed October 1, 2002. “One pot of coffee.”

9. Gerald Mitchell

Executed October 22, 2001. “One bag of assorted Jolly Ranchers.”

8. Robert Madden

Executed May 28, 1997. “Asked that final meal be provided to a homeless person.”

7. Stacey Lawton

Executed November 14, 2000. “One jar of dill pickles.”

6. Danny Harris

Executed July 30, 1993. “God’s saving grace, love, truth, peace and freedom.”

5. Cornelius Goss

Executed February 23, 2000. “One apple, one orange, one banana, coconut, and peaches.”

4. Henry Dunn, Jr.

Executed February 6, 2003. “Cheeseburger (extra cheese, pickles, onion, lettuce, and salad dressing), tray of French fries, bottle of ketchup, 25 breaded fried shrimp, four cans of pineapple juice, two banana splits, bottle of Hershey’s syrup, and one jar of apple butter jam.”

3. John Baltazar

Executed January 15, 2003. “Cool Whip and cherries.”

2. Odell Barnes, Jr.

Executed March 1, 2000. For his last meal request, Barnes wrote: “Justice, Equality, World Peace.”

1. Stanley Baker

Executed May 30, 2002. “Two 16 oz. ribeyes, one lb. turkey breast (sliced thin), twelve strips of bacon, two large hamburgers with mayo, onion, and lettuce, two large baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, cheese, and chives, four slices  of cheese or one-half pound of grated cheddar cheese, chef salad with blue cheese dressing, two ears of corn on the cob, one pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and four vanilla Cokes or Mr. Pibb.”

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  • Opposite Day

    8. Robert Madden Executed May 28, 1997. “Asked that final meal be provided to a homeless person.”

    How very noble.

  • gordonbrowning

    Jesus this is heartbreaking. Regardless of their crimes, these were
    human beings confronting the reality of their last moments on Earth, and
    just like everyone all they wanted was to be happy, even for just a
    little bit at the end. People are products of their circumstances, and
    circumstances drove these human beings to commit horrible crimes, but
    they were human beings nonetheless. Imagine eating a banana sundae and
    fried chicken knowing that it’s the last moments of happiness, or just
    some of your last moments, period. Goddamn.

    • kowalityjesus

      Sometimes it’s easy to make the right decisions, but even for the hardship and challenges faced by the indigent, a larger amount of ‘try hard’ would often propel them away from calamity and criminality.

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