No More “Last Meals” for Texas Death Row Prisoners (Video)
Author, artist, and chef Julia Zieler-Haynes has a new book out, called, “Today’s Special”. In the book, Julia describes and photographs the meals of 24 death row inmates on the eve of their execution. But while the death penalty is still alive in many states, last meals may be given their last rites. In Texas, we’ve banned the custom last year after the infamous last meal of 44-year-old convicted murderer, Lawrence Russell Brewer. Brewer’s last meal order included: two chicken-fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions; a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños, a bowl of fried okra with ketchup, one pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread, three fajitas, a meat-lover’s pizza, one pint of ice cream, a slab of peanut-butter fudge with crushed peanuts, and three root beers. However, he didn’t eat any of it.