your last day on Earth… What are you eating? Bacon? A Cinnabon?
deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwich? I’m not sure
exactly what I’d want, but here are 29 real last meals and
16 more from movies, television, and books to make 45 famous last
Eichmann: He declined a special meal, preferring a bottle
of Carmel, a dry red Israeli wine. He drank about half of it.
Wuornos: 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.
Lee Davis: 350-pound “Tiny” Davis had the following
last meal: 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.
Nieves Díaz: He declined a special meal. He was then
served the regular prison meal for that day, but he declined
that as well.
Richard Hauptmann: Celery, olives, chicken, French fries,
buttered peas, cherries, and a slice of cake.
Wayne Bagwell: Medium rare steak with A1 Steak Sauce, fried
chicken breasts and thighs, BBQ ribs, French fries, onion rings,
bacon, scrambled eggs with onions, fried potatoes with onions,
sliced tomatoes, salad with ranch dressing, two hamburgers, peach
pie, milk, coffee, and iced tea with real sugar.
Keith Carter: He declined a special meal, but had two cheeseburgers,
a steak sub, and two Cokes from the prison canteen, for which
he paid $4.20 from his prison account.
Gillis Williams: Twelve candy bars and some ice cream.
Hartman: A Greek salad, linguini with white clam sauce,
cheese cake with cherry topping, garlic bread, and a Coke.
Gilmore: A hamburger, hard-boiled eggs, a baked potato,
a few cups of coffee, and three shots of whiskey.
M. Heidnik: Two slices of a cheese pizza and two cups of
Martinez Porter: Flour tortillas, T-bone steak, refried
beans, tossed salad, jalapeño peppers, ice cream, and
A lump of dirt, denied. Settled for a small cup of yogurt.
Wayne Gacy: A dozen deep-fried shrimps, a bucket of original
recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.
A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, lunch meat,
deviled eggs, six fried cheese-stuffed jalapenos, a chef salad
with ranch dressing, onion rings, french fries, a cheeseburger,
two fried chicken breasts, barbecue pork rolls, an omelet, milk
and orange juice.
Faye Tucker: Banana, peach, and garden salad with ranch
Dean Schwab: fried eggs, bacon, sausage links, hash browns,
buttered toast and a quart of chocolate milk.
Smith and Richard Hickock: Shrimp, French fries, garlic
bread, ice cream, and strawberries with whipped cream.
Workman: He declined a special meal for himself, but he
asked for a large vegetarian pizza to be given to a homeless
person in Nashville, Tennessee. This request was denied.
Bethea: Fried chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, pickled
cucumbers, cornbread, lemon pie, and ice cream.
Edwards: chicken and beer. Edwards escaped execution as a
Japanese prisoner of war when his meal request could not be obtained.
Alton Harris: A 21-piece bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken,
two large Domino’s pizzas (no anchovies), ice cream, a
bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel
Bundy: He declined a special meal, so he was given the traditional
steak (medium-rare), eggs (over-easy), hash browns, toast, milk,
coffee, juice, butter, and jelly.
McVeigh: Two pints of mint chocolate-chip ice cream.
Barfield: She declined a special meal, having a bag of Cheez
Doodles and a can of Coca-Cola instead.
A single olive with the pit still in it.
Baker: Breaded fish, pasta marinara, green beans, orange
fruit punch, bread, and milk (Maryland execution: this was what
was on the prison menu that day).
Bonin: Two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings
of chocolate ice cream, and fifteen cans of Coca-Cola.
Hussein: Sources say he ate boiled chicken and rice, and
drank hot water with honey the day before his execution. The
Times (UK) states that “he refused their offers of
cigarettes and a last meal of chicken.”
Fictional Last Meals
Gale in The Life of David Gale: Pancakes, strawberries,
whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.
Burrows in Prison Break: Blueberry pancakes.
Coffey in The Green Mile: Cornbread, meat loaf, mashed
potatoes with gravy, okra, and peach cobbler.