Thursday, April 10, 2003

April 10, 2003

Tom H., Tulsa, OK
...has COBBLER, baby, COBBLER!

Coconut Shrimp with marmalade dipping sauce, Grilled Salmon with a bourbon-brown sugar glaze, Loaded baked potato (butter, sour cream, chives, cheese). Onion rings
Peach cobbler topped with Bluebell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookies (preferably from Doubletree Hotels)

Anyone have a good bourbon-brown sugar glaze recipe?


We found a few last meals from early 2002 that we did not have in the archive. We will add them post-haste

February 6, 2002


Last Meal: steak, jumbo shrimp and cheesecake.

The skinny: Owsley was executed for the shotgun killing of a teen-ager.

Last Words and such: "I hope for salvation. I hope that the mercy and forgiveness that I have asked for will suffice. Praise Allah."

Pre-show... In interviews, Owsley insisted the shotgun blast that killed the victim came accidentally while Owsley was "catatonic" on gin and PCP. Owsley's clemency petition cast his court-appointed trial attorney as a bumbler. "This case needs to be reviewed because Missouri's death-row situation is a situation that has been used repeatedly on people like me -- poor, black and unable to defend ourselves," Owsley said before his execution. "I'm nothing to Missouri, I'm nothing to the United States -- instead of a poor Negro they could do anything to. As they see it, I'm still chattel property." In the clemency petition Owsley also faulted his troubled upbringing dating to even before he was born, claiming that his then-alcoholic mother's repeated "home remedies" meant to abort him during pregnancy included hours over a bucket filled with turpentine and hot water.

Factoids: Owsley was Missouri's 55th since the state resumed capital punishment in 1989.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

April 9, 2003

Jude N. from parts unknown...goes for the comfort food. In her honor, I am preparing this EXACT meal this Sunday...minus, of course, the tomato...

Pan Fried Chicken, real mashed potatoes with cream gravy, seasoned green beans, sliced Vidalia onion, sliced homegrown tomato, wilted lettuce salad, hot homemade biscuits with butter and honey, sweet tea and for dessert chocolate cake with white icing and ice cold milk.


April 9, 2003

"This man has expired."

Last Meal: no requests for his last meal, was offered the same dinner served yesterday to all inmates: sloppy Joes, boiled potatoes, corn and chocolate cake.

The skinny: Bramblett was executed for murdering four members of a family. He had been living with the family when their bodies were found in their burning home. Prosecutors argued that he killed the family because he was sexually obsessed with one of the girls.

Protester: Bramblett was executed in the electric chair, a method he chose over lethal injection as to protest what he considered his wrongful conviction.

Chair Facts: Once a widely used means of execution, electrocutions have become rare in the United States. Only Nebraska still requires the use of the electric chair. Many states, such as Virginia, give prisoners the option of the electric chair or lethal injection.

Evidence: Bramblett was linked to the killings by matching crime-scene bullets with others in his possession. A fellow prisoner who testified that Bramblett told him he killed the family and that he was "addicted to little girls," now says he lied. "I'm not going to lay down on a gurney and have them stick a needle in my arm and make it look like an antiseptic execution," Bramblett said. At trial, prosecutors tied him to pubic hair found in the girls' bed. Tapes played at the trial depicted his sexual attraction to the oldest daughter.

Bramblett argued that the evidence against him had been planted or fabricated.

Last words and such: "I didn't murder the Hodges family. I never murdered anybody. I'm going to go to my death with a clear conscience. I'm going to go to my death having had a great life because of my two great sons, Mike and Doug."

Inside Baseball stuff: A Department of Corrections official then turned a key switch in the wall behind the electric chair, activating the system. An executioner sitting behind a one-way glass immediately pressed a button labeled "execute" and 1,800 volts surged through Bramblett's body, the surge of current caused Bramblett's body to go rigid and threw him against the back of the oak electric chair. A puff of smoke rose from the electrode attached to his shaved right leg.

After waiting five minutes, Dr. Alvin Harris, a corrections physicians, walked into the death chamber and placed his stethoscope against Bramblett's chest.

"This man has expired."

Factiods: Bramblett was the first person executed in Virginia this year and the 88th put to death in the state since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed executions to resume in 1976. He was the third Virginia inmate to die in the electric chair since 1995, when a state law gave condemned prisoners the choice of lethal injection or electrocution.

Virginia officials estimate that the state's homemade oak chair has been used since 1908. It is tested about once a month.

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

The Last Meals keep rolling in, we will post one a day for the rest of our lives....

DME.COM Reader's Last Meal...

Darrell M. from parts unknown....took a work break to request...

2 fried pork chops
mashed potatoes
pork and beans (room temperature, not cooked)
ice tea
pecan pie

Me likee...

April 8, 2003


Last meal: stuffed crust combo pizza with extra cheese and drank a medium Dr Pepper

The skinny: Hawkins was executed for kidnapping a woman and her two children and later drowning the mother in a lake when he realized her family could not meet ransom demands. Hawkins and a co-defendant kidnapped the victim at a shopping mall parking lot. The men stole a few dollars and and she was chained by her ankle to the loft of a barn on the property. , while her children were kept separate in a house. The day after the three were abducted, the kidnappers decided the family could not pay the ransom. Hawkins and Shelton then dropped the children off at the home of a baby sitter and took the woman to a lake. The men had tied her up, and Hawkins drowned her because he thought she would be able to identify them in court.

On the Lam: Hawkins and Shelton were arrested two months later in California, and each confessed to the murder and kidnappings

Last Words and such: ''I've got peace. The state needs vengeance for the crime I've done. They're going to punish my body, but Jesus has forgiven me...I'm truly sorry I got everyone into this."

The Partner: Shelton was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the crime.

Factoids: Hawkins was the sixth man Oklahoma has executed this year, and the 61st since the state resumed implementing the death penalty in 1990. Oklahoma has now passed Missouri for third place, trailing on Texas and Virginia.

Monday, April 07, 2003


Last Friday, two counts of premeditated murder were charged against Sgt. Hasan Akbar, the fraticider who rolled a few grenedes into his superior's tent. So, until we can provide Sgt. Akbar's last meal, let's look at a few military fun facts, including the last time an enlisted man "kissed the rope."

Total Death Row Inmates: 7

Number of Executions: 135 people have been executed by the Army since 1916 (Source: National Law Journal, 4/5/99)

Date of last military execution: On April 13, 1961, U.S. Army Private John A. Bennett was hanged after being convicted of rape and attempted murder.

Death Row Location: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas


The power of the press always amazes me. A little mention in a knock-out article by Rachel Graves in the Houston Chronicle and the flood gates open.

Thank you for all the kind e-mails and we hope you become regular visitors, maybe even pick up the newly redesigned t-shirt. (See for details).

We have a whole slew of reader's last meals and will start posted them tomorrow.

Of course, some of the e-mail was less than kind. And, no problem there. Our motto has always been "It's not for everyone, but it might be for you."

However, we would be remiss if we did not send a shout out to Susan in Texas, who writes...

...if i were to execute you, yer last meal would be a large pile of my sh**! bitch motherf*****s get beat down where i live, come and get some! or get a real f***ing life a**hole.

Thanks for the offer, Susan. You must have confused us with someone else. We love to scat, but we aren't really into scat.