Friday, October 14, 2005

Reader's Last Meals...Rolling Stone Reader's Last Meal's that is...

Chris G. from Costa Rica, October 10th 2005
The Menu;
6 Fried Chicken Strips from KFC, 1 French Dip Roost Beef Sandwich from Arby's, 1 large serving of Fried Onion Rings, 1 large order of Alaskan King Crab Legs served with Melted Butter, 1 Cheese Cake from the restuarant Spoon, 6 pack of Soft Taco Supremes from Taco Bell, 1 bowl of Gallo Pinto (Costa Rican dish consisting of Rice and Beans), and finally 6 Pints of Guinness Beer served at room temperature, and 1 Pack of Marlboro Reds with 1 Zippo Lighter.

one extremely fresh pipin hot burger from mickey dee's with nothin' on it but cheese and ketchup even though i dont eat red meat, a cherry icee super large, some of karl's chicken wings four to be exact, one chicken taco from los comales, one full can of reddi whip to be eaten at once with a small cone from tastee freeze a can of red bull and a larce pitcher o' water to drown myself in right after you smoke some good california green sam r. chicago this better get posted cuz im hungry.

my last meal would consist of well for breakfast 10 sauges 10 strips of
bacon 10 eggs 10 pancakes and a huge pitcher of orange juice for lunch
i would take three pices of bread one pound of roast beef one pound of
ham one pound of turky a head of lettice and a whole bottle of mayonaise and
make a sandwitch and for dinner a huge bucket of kfc chicken and pop and 1
triple layer chocolate cake filled with lacitives and a huge milkshake with
vomit inducer in it but i would eat it 10 minutes before exicution so i could
mess my self and vomit on evrybody and then die laughing.

Anthony,S portland,or

Robert from Helsinki, Finland

-One Big Mac
-Pizza with peperone, mozzarella-cheddar, tomato and salami
-Fried chicken wings and legs
-Chocolate chips ice cream
-Two bottles of Finnish Koff-beer

jim b. from parts unknown...
Three White Castle double cheese burgers; meatloaf sandwich; large
french fry; large onion rings; 20 piece chicken wings; baked fish with
butter and lemon; Michigan meat pies with dark gravy; potato pancakes
with butter and salt; order of smelt; 3 coney dogs with the works;
small peperoni pizza; 3 eggs over easy, hashbrowns, sausage and rye

toast; bowl of grits with butter and salt; strawberry pie.
-One bottle of Pepsi Cola

October 6, 2005

...."That was a totally valid serious defense"...

Last Meal: Howard had no final meal request.

The skinny: Ronald Ray Howard was executed for fatally shooting a state trooper, a slaying his trial attorneys argued was prompted by Howard's listening to anti-police rap music.

More skinny: A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a vehicle for having a broken headlight. The driver of the vehicle, Ronald Ray Howard, shot the man in the neck. The vehicle Howard was driving was stolen. At least eight people witnessed the shooting and provided a description of the gunman. Howard fled the scene of the shooting, but he was arrested within a couple of hours after a police chase during which he lost control of his vehicle and struck a horse. He had the murder weapon, a nine millimeter handgun loaded with hollow point bullets, in his possession. Howard fled in the stolen GMC Jimmy to Victoria, Texas where he was captured Howard confessed to killing the trooper and repeated his confession to a grand jury.

The rap music defense: Defense attorneys argued at his trial that Howard's constant exposure to gangsta rap music and its anti-police messages influenced him to pull the trigger. "He grew up in the ghetto and disliked police, and these were his heroes, these rappers . . . telling him if you're pulled over, just blast away," his trial attorney, Allen Tanner, recalled last week. "It affected him. That was a totally valid serious defense."
Howard told a grand jury that he was listening to "Soulja's Story" by Tupac Shakur before the shooting. In the song, a black teenager is pulled over by police and opens fire: They finally pull me over and I laugh, "Remember Rodney King?", And I blast on his punk ass, Now I got a murder case.

Leading up to: In an interview Wednesday on death row, Howard recalled the trooper pulling him over on U.S. 59 for a broken headlight. "How you doing?" the trooper asked Howard, who was armed with a 9 mm pistol. "But I was already in motion," Howard said. "I'd already shot as I hear him saying that."

Howard said the trooper earlier had pulled alongside of him, sped off, then was waiting over a hill on the side of the road as Howard drove past. The trooper then flicked on his lights and pulled him over, Howard said. "I felt like I was being taunted," Howard said, adding that his previous encounters with police, particularly in his hometown of Houston, had soured him on police officers.

Last words and such: Asked if he had a final statement, Howard looked at the victim's family and said he hoped that "this helps a little. I don't know how, but I hope it helps." Then he turned to friends and a brother who were among his witnesses, expressing love and thanking them for finding two of his children, who visited him on death row within the past week. "Love you all. Thank you so much," he said. As the drugs were administered, he lifted his head from the gurney and mouthed that he loved them, urged them to be strong and said "I'm going home."

Factoids: Howard was the...

42nd murderer executed in U.S. in 2005
986th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
14th murderer executed in Texas in 2005
350th murderer executed in Texas since 1976.