What would you have for your last meal ever? A Georgia woman on death row has asked for Burger King before she receives a lethal injection—and a lot more besides. According to the Daily Mail, Kelly Renee Gissendaner wants “cornbread with a side of buttermilk; two Burger King Whoppers with cheese; two large orders of fries; cherry vanilla ice cream; popcorn; a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Newman’s Own buttermilk dressing; and lemonade.”
Gissendaner was sentenced to death in 1998 for persuading her then-boyfriend to kill her husband, reports the Daily Mail.
Kelly Renee Gissendaner (Photo: Georgia Dept of Corrections via Daily Mail)
We’re kind of in awe of the epic last supper the 46-year-old has ordered, which clocks in at 2,400 calories. It’s almost as elaborate as that of Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed in Texas in 2011. Brewer asked for “two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions; a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger; a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and jalapeños; a bowl of fried okra with ketchup; one pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread; three fajitas; a meat-lover’s pizza; one pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream; a slab of peanut-butter fudge with crushed peanuts; and three root beers,” according to the New York Times. The extravagant request, plus the fact that he didn’t actually eat any of it, led the Texas State Legislature to end the practice of a last meal for death row inmates.
Recreations of actual last meals eaten by Ted Bundy and Victor Feguer. (Photos: Henry Hargreaves)
In less extreme cases, though, what people want to eat when they know they’ll never eat again is fascinating and humanizing, says New Zealand artist Henry Hargreaves. His interest in the topic led to him to recreate the last meals of famous American criminals, such as Ted Bundy, for a photographic series entitled No Seconds. The bucketlist items include a bucket of KFC for former KFC manager John Wayne Gacy; steak and lobster for Ronnie Lee Gardner, who asked to eat it while watching The Lord of the Rings; and a single olive with the pit still in, requested by Victor Feguer. No matter how you feel about capital punishment, these images are intriguing. Take a look at some of them in a FWF interview with the artist here.
[via the Daily Mail]