Thursday, September 15, 2005

Readers like to eat...more last meals...

Mullinax from Alabama writes:
Three pounds of Florida stone crab from Joe's in Miami with a tub of garlic aioli sauce; two legs of duck confit; wild rice from Michigan with a bit of butter mixed in it; freshly grilled white asparagus; a melody of wild mushrooms sautéed in white wine; a half dozen large and full boiled and spiced Louisiana blue crabs from New Iberia; throw in a pound of spicy boiled Gulf shrimp with the heads on; a dozen Apalachicola raw oysters icy-cold (medium sized) with a champagne vinaigrette; home made peach ice cream with an old fashioned coconut cake......a pitcher of icy cold water and a bottle of 1966 Bernscastler Doctor wine and a nice 1996 vieux -C (sp?) vintage Rose champagne.
Yummmmmmmmmmmmm, yum.

unknown from unknown...
- waffles with butter & regular store-bought syrup
- chocolate pancakes (no butter or syrup)
- biscuits
- crispy hashbrowns
- coffee with cream and sugar
- very crispy turkey bacon
- seltzer
- potato latkes with sour cream and apple sauce
- toast with honey butter
- tuna salad sandwich
- cape cod potato chips
- deviled eggs
- diet dr. pepper
- diet coke
- water crackers with bree
- caesar salad
- linguini with olive oil and sauteed vegetables (peppers, zucchini, etc)
- a bowl of corn with salt & butter
- olive bread
- crispy grilled salmon
- asparagus
- green beans with garlic
- buttery mashed potatoes
- lean breaded chicken cutlets
- seltzer
- diet coke
- diet dr. pepper
- tazo iced green tea from starbucks
- mint chocolate chip ice cream sundae with whipped cream, peanuts, hot fudge, a brownie, chocolate sprinkles, and a cherry
- hot apple crisp with vanilla ice cream
- rice pudding sprinkled with cinnamon
- a slice of key lime pie with whipped cream
- a slice of rich chocolate cake
- milk
- seltzer
- soft hombaked chocolate chip cookies
- a cup of hot lipton tea with half and half

Fettucini alfredo, with cheese broccoli and corn, and a diet coke.
David B.
Security Officer

Condemned Marc in California:

4 fried chickens and a Coke.

My last meal would be a Philly Cheese Steak with everything , a order of french fries smothered in gravy, a order of shrimp fried rice and a order of beef cho cho,4 ice cream sandwiches,a six pack of coca cola in the canand finally 1 bananna cream pie

September 14, 2005

...Three weeks prior to the murders, Newton purchased a $50,000 life insurance policy on herself, another on her husband and a third on her daughter....

Last Meal: No last meal request.

The skinny: Frances Newton was executed for the fatal shootings of her husband and two children 18 years ago, becoming the third woman, and first black woman, to be put to death in Texas since executions resumed in 1982.

More skinny: On April 7, 1987, police were dispatched to an apartment complex on a report of a possible shooting. The deputy found the bodies of a 23 year old man and two children, 23 month old and 7 year old. Each had been shot to death with a .25 caliber handgun. The man's wife, Frances, and her cousin were at the location when the deputy arrived. Earlier in the evening, Newton took a blue bag out of her car and put it in an abandoned house which belonged to her parents. A homicide detective later recovered the bag, which containing a .25 automatic pistol. A ballistics expert established that the pistol was the murder weapon. Gunpowder residue was found on Newton's skirt. Three weeks prior to the murders, Newton purchased a $50,000 life insurance policy on herself, another on her husband and a third on her daughter. Newton, the primary beneficiary on the latter two policies, made claims on the policies following the killings.

Newton believed the real killer is or may be related to a drug dealer she knew only as "Charlie," who she said was upset with her husband for not repaying a $500 debt.

Newton didn't deny putting a gun in her 7-year-old son's knapsack and stashing the bag at an abandoned house. But she and her lawyers argued the .25-caliber blue steel revolver she hid was not the one used to fatally shoot her family.

Last words and such: Strapped to the death chamber gurney and with her parents among the people watching, she declined to make a final statement, quietly saying "no" and shaking her head when the warden asked if she would like to speak. Newton, 40, briefly turned her head to make eye contact with her family as the drugs began flowing. She appeared to attempt to mouth something to her relatives, but the drugs took effect.

Factoids: Newton was the...

38th murderer executed in U.S. in 2005
982nd murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
13th murderer executed in Texas in 2005
349th murderer executed in Texas since 1976

Newton is the fifth woman known to have been executed in Texas. A black slave named Lucy is thought to have been the first in 1858. Two female murderers, both white, have been put to death since Texas resumed executions in 1982 after a brief national ban on capital punishment imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

About 50 demonstrators chanted outside but the crowd paled in comparison to the group of hundreds that assembled in 1998 to protest the execution of Karla Faye Tucker, who was the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.

Local black leaders warned Tuesday of divine and political repercussions if condemned killer Frances Newton was executed tonight in Huntsville.

August 31, 2005

Johnston called his wife a "whore" and indicated he had grown tired of her infidelities..,

Last Meal:
Fried chicken, catfish, fries, cole slaw, apple pie and Dr. Pepper.

The skinny:
Timothy Johnston, 44, was executed for the beating murder of his 27-year-old wife in front of her 11-year-old son in 1989.

More skinny: Police and paramedics responded to a 911 call from the home of Timothy Johnston. Johnston directed them to "hurry up, inside. She is in here. She needs help." The sidewalk and porch were bloody.

Inside, his wife was lying on the floor with her otherwise nude upper body draped with a shirt, her face and torso swollen and bloody. Paramedics declared her dead at the scene.

When informed that his wife was dead, Johnston flew into a rage and ordered the officers and paramedics to leave and screamed that he knew a motorcycle gang that wanted "to get back at him" had killed his wife. The police officers, now at a murder scene, did not leave.

Johnston initially denied involvement then said members of a rival motorcycle gang had dumped his wife's badly-beaten body on the driveway. The detective told Johnston eyewitness accounts differed substantially from his story. Johnston called his wife a "whore" and indicated he had grown tired of her infidelities. He confessed that he argued with her, shot the house and television with a pistol, kicked in the windshield of the car that she tried to drive away, and when she tried to run, chased her and resumed hitting and kicking her. A neighbor and Johnston's stepson confirmed parts of the confession.

Last words and such: "I hope Nancy's mom forgives me. I hope everyone I've ever hurt forgives me. I'm ready to go to heaven. I hope you can forgive yourselves."

Moments before the first drug was administered, Johnston rolled his head back and forth and appeared to grimace. But he stopped moving once the drug appeared to take effect.

Factoids: Johnston was the...

37th murderer executed in U.S. in 2005

981st murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
4th murderer executed in Missouri in 2005
65th murderer executed in Missouri since 1976

All but one of the others were carried out at the Potosi Correctional Center, where condemned men are confined among general inmate population.

The Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation held a vigil at the Boone County Courthouse and a prayer service at St. Thomas More Newman Center to protest the execution. At least seven vigils were held across Missouri, including one across the street from the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City, said Jeff Stack, Fellowship of Reconciliation coordinator. According to its Web site, the fellowship is “a pacifist group committed to active nonviolence as a means of personal, social, and political change.” Stack said he and other supporters came to let the public know that not all Missourians support the death penalty.

There are now 54 inmates awaiting execution on Missouri’s death row.

Missouri is one of 27 states that carry out executions by administering a series of three drugs intravenously in rapid succession. (All told, 37 states have the death penalty.) The procedure begins with a heavy sedative to render the condemned unconscious, followed by a drug to end breathing and another to stop the heart. The sedative, sodium pentothal, renders the condemned motionless within seconds. Death usually is pronounced within four minutes.