Saturday, December 11, 2004

This is a spreading trend....

From Ghana, next to Senegal. Maybe it's not, we don't know.


Ghana, 9 Others drop death penalty since 2003 start

A total of 134 countries have given up capital punishment, 10 more than had done so at the start of 2003, a campaigner against capital punishment has reported.

Since the start of 2003, Ghana, Benin, Malawi and Morocco had in effect abolished the practice by not executing anyone for at least 10 years while Kazakhstan and Tajikistan had put in place a legal moratorium on the practice, it said.

Another four countries -- Bhutan, Samoa, Bosnia and Armenia -- either abolished the death penalty or tightened an existing partial ban since the start of last year, the group reported at a presentation at U.N. headquarters.

Of the total, 81 have abolished the death penalty completely, 14 have abolished it for ordinary crimes, one -- Russia -- has pledged to abolish it, and six are observing moratoriums, the Rome-based organization Hands Off Cain said.

Another 32 countries allow capital punishment but have in effect abolished it by not carrying out an execution for at least the past 10 years, the group said.

In all, 62 countries retain the death penalty and in 2003 put to death at least 5,523 individuals, the group said.

One country alone, China, executed at least 5,000 people last year while Iran put to death at least 154 and Iraq had executed at least 113 people by April 9, 2003, when the U.S.-led occupation suspended the death penalty, it said.

No dining in know where is Senegal is right?

Senegal decides to scrap death penalty

DAKAR (AFP) - Senegal scrapped the death penalty for all crimes, a moved hailed by rights campaigners as an inspiration for other African nations.

The Senegalese National Assembly adopted the law abolishing capital punishment and President Abdoulaye Wade will be handed the dossiers on the four people currently on death row with a view to commuting their sentences, said Justice Minister Sergine Diop.

She argued that in the countries where the death penalty exists, crime figures are no lower.

The death penalty has only been used twice in Senegal. Both instances were during the presidency of the first head of state after independence, Leopold Sedar Senghor (1960-1980).

A prof from the University of Montreal (see, detractors, we are not all red state cavemen. Learned folk stop by as well) sent in this link to a PBS Frontline special that aired a few years ago about the history of the death penalty a few years ago. It is rather long, but a must read for those like-minded freaks that visit this site.

A few highlights....

As far back as the Ancient Laws of China, the death penalty has been established as a punishment for crimes. In the 18th Century BC, the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon codified the death penalty for twenty five different crimes, although murder was not one of them. The first death sentence historically recorded occurred in 16th Century BC Egypt where the wrongdoer, a member of nobility, was accused of magic, and ordered to take his own life. During this period non-nobility was usually killed with an ax.

...In the 5th Century BC, the Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets codified the death penalty. Again, the death penalty was different for nobility, freemen and slaves and was punishment for crimes such as the publication of libels and insulting songs, the cutting or grazing of crops planted by a farmer, the burning [of] a house or a stack of corn near a house, cheating by a patron of his client, perjury, making disturbances at night in the city, willful murder of a freeman or a parent, or theft by a slave. Death was often cruel and included crucifixion, drowning at sea, burial alive, beating to death, and impalement (often used by Nero). The Romans had a curious punishment for parricides (murder of a parent): the condemned was submersed in water in a sack, which also contained a dog, a rooster, a viper and an ape. The most notorious death execution in BC was about 399 BC when the Greek philosopher Socrates was required to drink poison for heresy and corruption of youth..

During the middle ages, capital punishment was accompanied by torture. Most barons had a drowning pit as well as gallows and they were used for major as well as minor crimes.

The first recorded execution in the English American colonies was in 1608 when officials executed George Kendall of Virginia for supposedly plotting to betray the British to the Spanish. In 1612, Virginia's governor, Sir Thomas Dale, implemented the Divine, Moral, and Martial Laws that made death the penalty for even minor offenses such as stealing grapes, killing chickens, killing dogs or horses without permission, or trading with Indians. Seven years later these laws were softened because Virginia feared that no one would settle there.

...The first great reform era occurred between 1833-1853. Public executions were attacked as cruel. Sometimes tens of thousands of eager viewers would show up to view hangings; local merchants would sell souvenirs and alcohol. Fighting and pushing would often break out as people jockeyed for the best view of the hanging or the corpse! Onlookers often cursed the widow or the victim and would try to tear down the scaffold or the rope for keepsakes.

Finally, in 1846, Michigan became the first state to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state), mostly because it had no long tradition of capital punishment.

In 1853, Wisconsin abolished the death penalty after a gruesome execution in which the victim struggled for five minutes at the end of the rope, and a full eighteen minutes passed before his heart finally quit.

And, much, much more.....

Last Meal FunFest rolls on....

nick b. from st. louis, mo.

I would start with a nice thin crust sausage and mushroom imos pizza, which started here in st. louis. From there I would ask for 2 gallons of chocolate milk (the most fattening kind of all), a 20 oz. new yourk strip steak, lobster tail with drawn butter, a whole pound of hard salami, egg omlet with; bacon, sausage, peppers and onions in it, half pound of mashed potatos, two gallons of ben and jerry's ice cream, a pitcher of bud light, a nice cup of the strongest coffe you can find and a warm wet wipe to clean myself of any mess.

Maggie from parts unknown...

Crispy French Fries, broiled flounder, salad, 1000 Island dressing, Coca Cola.

Marti S. of Fontana, CA

Chicken Fried Steak with a little gravy on top
Extra large bowl of cottage cheese
A large glass of ice cold buttermilk

Rob C. from Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A.

2 hard shell tacos and 4 chili cheese burritos from Taco Bell with sour cream and lots of hot sauce, corned beef and cabbage (so I would have bad gas and rude everyone out), chicken livers with bacon, sushi made by Iron Chef Masaharo Morimoto, lasagna made with lotsof mozzarella and spicy Italian sausage, ceaser salad with a whole can of anchovy filets (no croutons), and for dessert I would like to eat CarmenElectra.....

Wendi from Chicago....

My last meal.... here's hoping they give me enough time to eat it all! 2 lbs King Crab legs with lots of butter, 3 of those biscuits from Red Lobster, a tray of cheese (Cheddar, Feta, and Blue), sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and green olives with red wine vinaigrette dressing, 2 cans Dr. pepper, 2 bottles IBC root beer, lots of sweet and dill pickles, some bacon and some yellow cake with buttercream frosting (with buttercream flowers), and some plums, raspberries and bananas.

Friday, December 10, 2004

5,000 execution in China...that's a lotta rice....

BEIJING -- China carried out nearly 90 per cent of the world's executions last year, putting at least 5,000 people to death, according to an activist group campaigning to end capital punishment.

China is one of 60 countries that still have the death penalty, the Rome-based group Hands Off Cain said in a report issued Friday. It said other governments carried out more than 500 executions.

China's government relies heavily on the death penalty in effort to reassure the public that it is taking action against corruption and rising crime. People are executed for crimes ranging from murder and rape to tax fraud, petty theft and other nonviolent offences.

The figure given by Hands Off Cain for China's executions is higher than those reported by other human rights groups.

Amnesty International said in April that China put 726 people to death last year - nearly two-thirds of all executions reported. But it said that figure was based on incomplete official information and the true number was believed to be much higher.

Iran had the second-highest number of known executions worldwide in 2003 with 154, according to Hands Off Cain. It said that as a proportion of its smaller population, the Islamic Republic "applies capital punishment just as much as China."

Iraq executed at least 113 people before Saddam Hussein's government was toppled April 9, 2003, the group said. The death penalty was suspended during the U.S. administration but restored by the interim government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

Vietnam executed at least 69 people, while the United States put to death 65 people and Saudi Arabia carried out 52 executions, according to Hands Off Cain.

China's Foreign Ministry said earlier this year that the country lacked "conditions to abolish the death penalty." It insisted that Chinese courts were "prudent in the use" of executions.

China has tried in recent years to improve professional standards in its courts. But activists complain that penalties are not applied consistently and that in the midst of anti-crime campaigns, prisoners often can be sentenced to death for offences that weren't capital crimes at the time they were committed.

Under Chinese law, death sentences are automatically appealed, though reversals are rare. Chinese courts use both gunshot and lethal injection and reportedly has executed convicts for offences committed when they were as young as 16.

Today in Connecticut....

First, the killer...from the NYTimes

Michael Bruce Ross, who confessed to strangling eight girls and young women, testified on Thursday that he wanted the State of Connecticut to go ahead with his scheduled execution so it could serve as "a signpost" marking the day the families of his victims, as well as his own family, began to heal.

At a hearing to determine whether he is competent to be executed, as scheduled, on Jan. 26, Mr. Ross - his brown hair in a tight ponytail and his hands meeting precisely at the fingertips - told Judge Patrick Clifford of Superior Court, "I don't know, I'm just trying to bring it to an end, judge."

But the judge, while saying his "instincts" told him Mr. Ross was competent, ordered yet another psychological evaluation before the execution date.

"Nothing is being stayed at this point," Judge Clifford said, anticipating speculation that the evaluation could delay the execution.

Yet the psychological evaluation, which would be the third Mr. Ross has received since confessing to the killings in 1984, was clearly a step Mr. Ross did not want to take, and he shook his head in frustration.

Mr. Ross, who has decided against pursuing further appeals, would be the first person executed in the Northeast in more than 40 years. State political leaders, including Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, say they will not step in. It was unclear whether the new evaluation would help or hurt a move by public defenders seeking to stop the execution on the ground that Mr. Ross is not competent to make the decision to be executed.

The Protestors....

About 100 opponents of the death penalty marched in the rain from Hartford Superior Court to the state Capitol Friday to protest the scheduled execution of serial killer Michael Ross.

Carrying placards, including some that read "The Death Penalty is Murder," the group called for a repeal of the state's capital punishment law.

Robert Nave, the executive director of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, said they are concerned that if Ross is executed, it will become easier for the state to put others to death.

"I believe that Connecticut has been a beacon of light in our civilization, and I would hate to lose that status," Nave said.

Ross is on death row for four murders in eastern Connecticut in the 1980s. He has admitted killing eight women in Connecticut and New York.

His scheduled Jan. 26 execution would be New England's first since Connecticut executed Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky in 1960 for a series of murders and robberies.

The protesters were joined at the rally by at least one person holding up a sign in favor of the death penalty. Francis Niwinski Jr., 56, of Bristol, whose brother Joseph was murdered in 2000, is hoping the man convicted in that case is sentenced to death next week.

"What do you do with trash?" he asked rhetorically. "You bury it."

State Rep. Jim Amann, D-Milford, who is expected to be the next House Speaker, said he does not expect a repeal to pass. Connecticut already has one of the most restrictive death penalties in the nation, he said. The state allows a capital charge only under certain circumstances, such as a multiple murder, a murder committed during a sexual assault or the killing of a law enforcement officer.

Getting the death penalty in the state, "is like winning a gold medal with a broken foot, it is almost impossible," he said. "We are not going to become Texas. There will be no execution of the week."

If case it wasn't obvious, has a Gacy fixture...the whole killer clown thing, we guess. Today's old Gacy story....from the Palm Beach Post.

Follow the link to see four Gacys....

Serial killer's art draws collectors

Hi-ho. Hi-ho. My, but life on Death Row is slow.

The Seven Dwarfs seem a weird subject for a notorious serial killer turned amateur artist named John Wayne Gacy, who knocked out thousands of paintings during his 14-year rest stop on Illinois' Death Row.

Just as odd is a clown's skull, the head of Jesus, famous Hollywood monsters and beautiful birds. Then there's a self-portrait in the clown get-up Gacy wore for children's parties, kindly eyes twinkling from behind garish makeup.

Steve Koschal has a simple theory about the art. "Gacy didn't paint because he loved to paint. He found out how to make a lot of money," said Koschal, who began corresponding with Gacy in 1990, four years before the killer's execution for the sadistic murders of 33 young men, most buried in the crawlspace of his home in a Chicago suburb.

Koschal bought about 200 of Gacy's paintings, and 19 of them are on exhibit at the AAA Antiques Mall in West Palm Beach through June. Prices range from $195 for an acrylic painting of a bird, to $9,500 for an oil called Dwarf's Baseball, a rather amusing depiction of Disneylike dwarfs playing the killer's beloved Chicago Cubs.

The painting is pricey because it features the autographs of dozens of baseball greats, and even former President Richard Nixon. Koschal cheerfully admits they didn't realize they were signing a picture by a serial murderer. He also cautions against jumping to conclusions about the Gacy art market.

"You'd be surprised who buys these paintings," said Lantana-based Koschal, an expert on the authenticity of celebrity autographs. "You might think some tough motorcycle gang off the street, but it's doctors, lawyers, professional people, Hollywood and media types.

"Once, a teenage boy from Palm Beach was looking at one of these paintings, and you could tell he was really, really studying it. Later his mother came in and bought it for him."

Not everyone is amused by the Gacy industry, much less fascinated by it. "It's blood money," said Andrew Kahan, director of the Mayor's Crime Victims Office in Houston.

Kahan coined the term "murderabilia," and was instrumental in getting Texas and California to pass laws allowing the states to confiscate dealers' profits from the sale of items associated with violent criminals. Florida doesn't have such a law, he said.

"Gacy was a prolific wheeler-dealer who made tons of money off this stuff," Kahan said. "Nobody would give two cents for his art if it weren't for the fact that he was one of the nation's most prolific serial killers.

"We believe that people shouldn't be able to rob, rape and murder, and make money from it," he said. "That also goes for the people who deal in these objects."

Koschal said "I certainly don't intend to condone or glorify a murderer. But whether you like it or not, there's a huge demand."

Koschal never met Gacy, but they corresponded, and talked briefly by phone nearly every Sunday for many months. He'd buy paintings from Gacy for prices ranging from $40 to several hundred dollars. "He'd always call it a gift, because he'd use the money to buy materials," Koschal said.

In his chatty letters, the killer refers to his paintings as if he were running a prosperous uptown art gallery. He never directly mentioned his crimes, said Koschal, who stopped corresponding with Gacy a year before his execution when a new prison warden wouldn't permit the killer to paint anymore.

The pictures are relatively small-scale, painted on professional artist's board. Gacy carefully signed, described and numbered each one, and would include a note on the back for a work destined for Koschal. Gacy claimed a detailed record of all his pictures is at the famed Art Institute of Chicago, which denies it, Koschal said.

He reckons Gacy created "a few thousand" paintings, often working on four at a time. Many are offered on the Internet by collectors as far away as Germany. EBay voluntarily agreed not to auction off murderabilia on its Web site, Kahan said. But a Gacy painting was auctioned on eBay this week, attracting 18 bids and selling for $357.

Koschal said he has no idea what made Gacy tick. He recalled a letter in which the cordial killer urged, "Write, and let me know what's on your mind."

"My mind!" Koschal snorted at the time. "What's on your mind?"

Last Meals cont...from Cape Town to Hollywood....DME is beloved around the world...except in parts of Europe, where they don't really like us...

---Lucius O. Cape Town, South Africa

1 dozen Mossel Bay Wild 0ysters (served ice chilled with 1 fresh lemon, and Tabasco Habanero sauce)
12 Fresh Grilled and Butterflied Mozambique Tiger Prawns with Lemon Butter and Peri Peri sauces
Marinated Springbok Chateaubriand with roasted potatoes and creamed cauliflower.
Roast loin of honey glazed Pork with fresh applesauce, crackling, green peas and buttered garlic mashed potatoes.
1 small jar Dat-il-do-it Pepper sauce
Cape Gooseberry-Blueberry Pie with double thick whipped jersey cream and two scoops of Godiva Chocolate Ice-cream
2 slices Young Amsterdamer Cheese, 2 slices of aged White farmhouse cheddar, 2 slices Blue Tower, 1 slice Cape fairview Brie.
2 wholemeal Digestive Biscuits and 2 pickled onions. 1 pickled walnut. 1 preserved Fig.
4 Ice Cold Dr.Pepper and One mug (Mug not cup)of Nescafe Coffee (with milk and 3 sugars) One Dunhill King size and matches.
A Toothpick.

Derek from parts unknown....

Soup: Cream of potato with grated cheese and bacon
Salad: Watercress with viniagarette; captain's wafer with monterey jack cheese slices
Appetizers: Oysters Rockefeller, stuffed mushroom caps
Main Course: 12 oz. filet mignon, 2 crab cakes, onion rings, battered and fried mushrooms, sauteed mushrooms.
Dessert: Triple fudge cake (made with chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding and chocolate chips.
Drink: Coca Cola, chocolate milk with dessert.

Al S. from the Philly area, Pennsylvania

As many of those yummy Red Lobster biscuits as possible, 2 plates of Hooters wings with extra super atomic hot sauce, 3 bean and cheese burritos, 1 Pat’s Cheesesteak, 1 case of Surge soda (hey, screw you, doesn’t matter if they took it off the market!), 1 Bottle Crown Royal, 1 Box of Kraft Easy Mac, 2 MacDonald’s double cheeseburgers with ketchup and pickles, 1 cherry pie, 1 peach pie, a really juicy orange, chocolate mousse, and for dessert, my girlfriend ;-)

:)Darla - Hollywood, CA.
Hearts of lettuce & tomato salad with ranch dressing, two-inch thick ribeye grilled medium-rare, broiled lobster tail with melted (not drawn) butter, baked potato with butter & sour cream, mushroom caps & garlic sauteed in butter, olive oil & marsala wine, rice pilaf, asparagus spears with lemon and hot sourdough dinner rolls. For dessert, burgundy-cherry
cheesecake. Beverage, a six-pack of Stewart's Key Lime Soda. Either that or a Jumbo Burrito and a Cherry Coke from Taco Lita in Arcadia, CA.

chris r. of manor, florida
200 jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce a 16 oz t-bone steak a case of ice cold bud ice
2 1 liter dr peppers a fith of jack daniels and a bag of onion rings

The 2004 Death Row Dining Guide is now available. All the last meals and last words of the year in one handy 12 page .pdf file.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

An old story, still interesting, about the prep for John Wayne Gacy's last meal....from the Suburban Chicago News...

Cook: No honor in preparing last meal

By Mark Feldmann

Crest Hill -- Bill Deloria had no stomach for cooking the last meal served to convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

"I don't think it's an honor," said Deloria, a gourmet-trained chef who prepared most of Gacy's last supper at Catcher's Tap in Crest Hill. "You just do it," he said. "I'd rather not be associated with that guy in any way."

But the bar-restaurant at 1723 N. Center St. got associated Sunday afternoon when Illinois Department of Corrections officials called owner Rusty Jessee and placed an order. They wanted a bucket of fried chicken, some deep-fried shrimp, french fries and fresh strawberries.

"When someone calls, you do your best to fill the order," said Jessee about 6:30 Monday, about 6 1/2 hours before Gacy was put to death by lethal injection. "We try to make anything anyone calls for. Actually, I'd be scared not to make it."

Jessee and Deloria took to the kitchen late Monday afternoon. They deep-fried about a dozen shrimp. "Our extra-large dinner," Jessee said. Then they hulled and washed a pound of strawberries. Those went into a basket.

After those preparations, Jessee went out and bought a bucket of Original Recipe chicken from a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. At 5:45 p.m. Monday, a corrections official in plainclothes in a plain car picked up the food from the tavern, Jessee said. Everything went like clockwork.

"I didn't want to screw anything up," Jessee said. "Even if it was for a condemned killer." Gacy's last repast cost state taxpayers $18.26. The shrimp dinner was $7.95, the french fries $1, strawberries $2. The bucket of chicken was $6.51. Tax was 80 cents.

Jessee said the corrections official gave him a 20-dollar bill and told him to keep the change. Jessee has thought about making shrimp, fries and strawberries a Gacy Special.

"Food to die for," he said with a laugh. At least Gacy got his money's worth, said Deloria, who prepares gourmet food at the tavern three days a week. "He got more than he deserved," Deloria said. "At least I won't hear any complaints."

Gacy's last meal included shrimp.

CONNECTICUT is getting ready for its first execution in over 40 years (maybe) and things are heating up.

A couple of articles...

First, from the gov. in the Middletown Press

A few highlights....

Rell explains her decision to allow Ross execution
By GREGORY B. HLADKY , Capitol Bureau Chief

HARTFORD -- As Connecticut’s death penalty opponents mobilize for a last-ditch effort, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Tuesday she won’t reconsider her decision to allow Michael Ross to be executed on Jan. 26.

But it is clear that the weight of this issue, of becoming the first Northeastern governor in more than four decades to permit an execution, continues to haunt Rell.

"I was up at 4:15 this morning, not second-guessing but reviewing and rehashing in my mind," Rell said during an impromptu news conference Tuesday.

"Most of the sleep that I have lost has been not so much in worry but in reading," Rell explained. "I’m one of those people that likes to read all the details."

The governor said there was no single factor that led to her refusal to issue a reprieve for Ross, who was convicted of raping and strangling four young women in the 1980s. But she again referred to two letters she received -- one from Ross and the other from Edwin K. Shelley, father of Leslie Shelley, whom Ross murdered in 1984.

"You know, I think he’s a very intelligent person," Rell said of Ross, whose letter to the governor asked her not to stop his execution. "It came across clearly, but it was a letter that was just, I think, devoid of feeling," Rell said.

"I think the thing that struck me in (Shelley’s) letter was (when he said) ‘I want you to think about the terror my daughter must have felt,’ " Rell said.

"I have always been a proponent of the death penalty for those crimes and those cases that are the most heinous, the most reprehensible that you can imagine," Rell said. "Michael Ross fits that bill."

From the Winchester Star in Virginia...looking at the case of a cop killer...

The many steps from the death sentence to death chamber...

The Long Road to Execution

From Star Staff Reports

To be eligible for the death penalty in Virginia, a criminal must commit a murder under one or more special circumstances that elevate the offense to capital murder. Edward Nathaniel Bell met one of those circumstances by killing a law enforcement officer, Winchester Police Sgt. Ricky L. Timbrook.

Once a jury finds a person guilty of capital murder and a death sentence is imposed, the conviction then enters the appeals stage:

* The case is automatically reviewed by the Virginia Supreme Court. That decision may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

* A death-row inmate may then file a state habeas corpus petition with the Virginia Supreme Court. A habeas corpus petition is a civil action challenging a criminal conviction as unconstitutional. That, too, may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. NOTE: Bell completed this step of the appeals process on Nov. 17, when the state Supreme Court denied his petition. This allowed the Virginia Attorney General’s Office to schedule an execution date of Jan. 7, 2005.

* If the state habeas corpus petition fails, the inmate may file a federal habeas corpus petition in U.S. District Court.

* Any decision reached in U.S. District Court may be appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

* The decision of a three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit can then be appealed to the entire Court of Appeals.

* The decision of the full 4th Circuit Court of Appeals can be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

If all appeals fail, a Virginia death row inmate can still be spared from execution by a pardon from the governor, which could lead to their release from prison. The governor may also commute a death sentence and order the inmate to remain incarcerated, possibly for life.

— Information provided by Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The cavalcade of reader's last meals begin...sorry for the delay.

someone who left no name (tisi?) from someplace they didn't say..

eggplant parmesean, a box of texas toast, two falafel sandwiches (with hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, parsley, tahini sauce), a bag of sour cream and onion chips, doritos, 2 2-liters of cherry coke, garlic mashed potatoes, gnocchi, 2 large double cheese pizzas, california rolls, skull meat, buffalo wings, cuban pork croquettes

John from NH

Medium hot buffalo wings with ranch dressing dip. About 6 is fine.
Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon - done medium.
Loaded baked potato.
Deep fried cheesecake with ice cream and whipped cream.
Three Classic Cokes with lots of ice.

Andrea from Versailles KY & my last meal would have to be:

Raw Oysters
Fried Oysters
Shrimp Cocktail
Eggplant sauteed in marinara w/ garlic
Vodka w/ strawberry banana light drink mix
Mixed spring green salad w/ oil and vinegar
Homemade German Chocolate cake

Christie S. Covington Washington

My last meal would be : 1 Large chicken ceasar salad w/ extra dressing and cheese, 1 plate of chicken parmesan w angel hair, 10 extra hot chicken wings from any chicken wing place in Georgia! Onion soup from a certain Japenese place and a salad with ginger sauce and for dessert 2 slices of carrot cake, 1 scoop of german choclate cake ice cream, and 1 piece of key lime pie. Also, 2 ice cold Dr. Peppers and 1 ice cold glass of milk Oh yeah, 1 grande quad _mocha with whip.

Jim G. from part's unknown....

fried cheddar-stuffed jalapenos and a bowl of hot she-crab soup

Main course:
Fried venison tenderloin (prepared by myself) with creamed potatoes, gravy from the pan I cooked the deer in, corn bread (cooked in an iron skillet) and pinto beans cooked with hickory-smoked bacon.

raspberry cheesecake

a full assortment of Stewart's old-time soft drinks.

The 2004 Death Row Dining Guide is now available. All the last meals and last words of the year in one handy 12 page .pdf file.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004


The 2004 Death Row Dining Guide is now available. All the last meals and last words of the year in one handy 12 page .pdf file.

It includes....

the state-by-state breakdown for this year and, also, since execution race...

the updated last meal request of the editors (Pinks hot dogs in L.A. is replaced by Detroit's Lafayette Coney Island!). Plus, other changes.

Everyone's favorite Food Category Breakdown...most popular entrees, vegetables, beverages and desserts.

Of course, this Dining Guide is free, free, free. But, we ask that if you find the guide helpful or enjoyable or morbidly informative, please consider hitting the Paypal button on the left. A couple of bucks would help keep the site going. The only income we receive is from the sale of the deadmaneating thongs and we have only sold four of those. At $.25 profit each, it will be a while before we can enjoy any pineapple with mayonaisse--the choice of one of this year's diners.

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