The Last Supper

Whilst reading today’s Guardian I found an interesting piece in the ‘Criminology’ section of G2. ‘Last orders: death row prisoners’ final meals’ was so ironic in the sense that death is such a bleak subject yet it was hilarious to find out what prisoners awaiting execution have actually tried to order.
Prisons are only supposed to serve up food that can be prepared in their kitchen; burgers to pasta, but some prisoners attempt to see how far they can push authority. Lawrence Brewer supersized his order.  He asked for two portions of fried chicken steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger , fried okra, a pound of barbecue meat, three fajitas, meat lover’s pizza, a pint of ice-cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with peanuts. The article then went on to talk about the weirdest orders such as soil for a ritual(denied)  and a single olive. If I only had a few hours to live then I would personally just order my favourite meal. Nothing hard or fancy. One meal.
I find it astounding how murders should even be given the opportunity to have a choice of what they want to eat, but then again we are only human; anyone would like to be able to have that same form of freedom if they were in their shoes. Executions  should be carried out in the most humane way possible,if at all. I would rather see murderers rot in a cell than get an easy escape.
The article ended on the note that one  prisoner, who also had ordered huge amounts, is still on Death Row and has been since 1995. Apparently when his time comes he will have to accept whatever is put in front of him.  Something tells me that will be the least of his worries.

One Response

  1. Yeah, I read that article too. Very interesting, I have to say. Read somewhere that a prison chef has even published a cook book called ‘Meals to Die For’ detailing recipes that death row convicts have ordered in the past.

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