Death Row Inmate Requests Gut-Busting Final Meal of 5 Sandwiches
It included three spicy chicken breasts.
A Georgia killer on death row has requested a particularly large final meal consisting of, in part, five sandwiches.
Keith Leroy Tharpe is scheduled to be put to death next week in Jackson for the 1991 murder of his sister-in-law, Jacquelin Freeman.
Before that happens, he has requested to sit down to a last meal of three spicy chicken breasts, a roast beef sandwich with sauce, a fish sandwich, tater logs, onion rings, apple pie and a vanilla milkshake.
The Georgia Department of Corrections has not said whether Tharpe will receive his requested meal before he receives a lethal injection.
However, another condemned Georgia man who asked for a gut-busting final dinner was granted the request just this past May.
Convicted murderer J. W. Ledford supped on a 5,500 calorie meal of filet mignon wrapped in bacon with pepper jack cheese, large fries, 10 chicken tenders with sauce, fried pork chop, blooming onion, pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, sherbet and a Sprite before he was put to death for a 1992 murder.
Over the years, last meals in Georgia and elsewhere have ranged from the decadent to the downright bizarre.
One of the stranger asks came from 28-year-old Victor Feguer when he asked for a single olive with its pit intact before being hanged in 1963.
In 1994, before he was executed, famed serial killer and former KFC manager John Wayne Gacy requested 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.
Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's request was far simpler: He dined on two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream before he was put to death by lethal injection in 2001.
Another pared down request came from Steven Frederick Spears, who wanted a large meat pizza before his 2016 execution.
Rules for final meals vary state to state. And while some states allow for requests like lobster tail and filet mignon, others limit them to what can be prepared on-site with food already in the prison kitchen.
Photos of last meals are from James Reynolds' "Last Supper" series.
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