food/drink The 25 Most Elaborate Final Meals in Death Row History  

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The most bizarre last meal requests in the history of the penal system reveal that if you're crazy enough to get yourself landed on death row, you're crazy enough to order a litany of fried and otherwise crazy foods when facing the death penalty.

Texas recently got rid of the "last meal" for any people getting executed due to Lawrence Russel Brewer's choice of "meal" (see the first item below), it's a better time than any to look back at some of the most absurdly elaborate meals that dead men walking have ever requested.

What are the best last meal requests of inmates on death row? From tubs of ice cream to slabs of ribs, here they are.
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Steven Woods


Steven Michael Woods, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25 Most Elaborate Final Meals in Death Row History
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Executed: 2011 for the murder of a young couple, even after many appeals and being backed by some popular non-profits/media organizations.

Last Meal:
Two pounds of bacon, a large four-meat pizza, four fried chicken breasts, two drinks each of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, root beer, and sweet tea, two pints of ice cream, five chicken fried steaks, two hamburgers with bacon, fries, and a dozen garlic bread sticks with marinara on the side.

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Age: Died at 31 (1980-2011)

Birthplace: Michigan, United States of America

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Robert Dale Conklin


Robert Dale Conklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25 Most Elaborate Final Meals in Death Row History
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Executed: 2005. While on parole for armed robbery, he killed a man by sticking a screwdriver in his ear and twisting it around. He then dissected the body and put select parts of it down the garbage disposal.

Last Meal:
Filet mignon wrapped in bacon, de-veined shrimp sauteed in garlic butter with lemon, a baked potato with butter, sour cream, chives, and real bacon bits, corn on the cob, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, French bread with butter, goat cheese, cantaloupe, apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream, and an iced tea.

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Age: Died at 44 (1961-2005)

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Ronnie Lee Gardner


Ronnie Lee Gardner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25 Most Elaborate Final Meals in Death Row History
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Executed: 2010. He killed a man during a robbery, then when being transported to a hearing for his crimes, he killed an attorney. He got life in prison for the first, then the death penalty for the second.

Last Meal:
Lobster tail, steak, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, 7-Up while watching Lord of the Rings. Huh.

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Age: Died at 49 (1961-2010)

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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Thomas J. Grasso


Thomas J. Grasso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25 Most Elaborate Final Meals in Death Row History
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Executed: 1995. He strangled an elderly woman using her own Christmas lights, stole $8 from her purse, $4 from around the house and sold her television for $125. He then murdered an elderly male and stole his social security check (even after having been recently married).

Last Meal:
Two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, half-dozen barbecue spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie with whipped cream with diced strawberries, and a 16-ounce can of spaghetti with meatballs, served at room temperature.

He later complained "I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got [canned] spaghetti. I want the press to know this."