Whether you are a carefree child or a stressed out adult, sometimes it is fun to let your imagination run wild and wonder about the unlikely and the improbable. For example, many people imagine what it would be like to win the lottery and fantasize about all the lavish things they would buy and all the exciting places they would go. For others, they like to imagine what they would do if they ever got the chance to meet their favorite celebrity, or maybe what it feels like to throw the game winning touchdown at the Super Bowl. And for some, they may choose to take a slightly more morbid approach, which heavily involves imagining what they would do on their last day on earth.
Although for some this may seem a bit macabre, in reality, it is quite normal, and in many ways healthy. Speaking personally, I can recall more than one occasion when I have wondered what I would do if I only had one day left on earth. Who would I call or want to see? What things would I do and experiences would I want to try? And while those elements of what I would do have certainly changed over the years, there is one constant that keeps popping up whenever I imagine my last few hours on earth – food!
It can be fun to imagine what you would want your last meal on earth to be, however, as is the nature of nature, most of us don’t have much say in when it is our to time to go, let alone have the ability to plan for it. However, while we aren’t here to judge the moral or ethical implications of them, there are one group of individuals who do in fact know that their end is near, and those are death row inmates. And perhaps one of the most famous things known about all death row inmates that they receive the last meal.
The last meal for those about to be executed is a custom that started pre-modern Europe. The belief was that if the prisoner is given a final meal, he will be at peace and not come back to haunt as a ghost.
While it can be easy to imagine what we would choose as our last meal, few of us (hopefully) will ever be afforded the chance to know exactly when it is our time to go. However, looking back through history at some of the last meal requests of criminals can often shed an interesting, if not only humorous insight into the mind of these men and women. So before you begin, take a moment and think about all the meals you have had in your life and which one stands out among the rest. Is that what you would choose? And how does it stack up against these other, sometimes outrageous but all too real last meal requests? If you are anything like us, then by the end of this article, you may be tempted to rethink your selection.
According to the local prosecutor In 1974, Allen and his son burglarized Fran's Market, owned by Ray and Fran Schletewitz, whom Allen had known for years. The girlfriend of Allen's son, 17-year-old Mary Sue Kitts, eventually told the Schletewitz family that Allen was responsible and that she helped cash the checks that were stolen. Allen then ordered a hit on Kitts. The teen was strangled and thrown into the Friant-Kern Canal. Her body was never found. In 1977, a jury convicted Allen of burglary, conspiracy and first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life without parole.
While at Folsom Prison, Allen solicited the help of Billy Ray Hamilton, who was soon to be paroled, to eliminate eight prosecution witnesses so they would not be around for a retrial if he won his appeal. Allen did not know Rocha or White, but he wanted Bryon Schletewitz, Raymond Schletewitz and six others dead for testifying against him during his 1977 trial. Eventually, Hamilton was caught and joined Allen on death row. But here is where it gets weird.
His final request was buffalo steak, Kentucky Fried Chicken, sugar-free pecan pie and sugar-free black walnut ice cream. While that in and of itself isn’t weird, what is is the fact that he requested sugar-free. Was he diabetic? Maybe worried about the extra calories? Or perhaps he thought all the sugar might keep him up all night. While we have certainly seen some odd requests when it comes to last meals, we have never heard someone make a request that gives the impression that they are looking out for their “long-term health.”