Wednesday, April 23, 2014

'Scuse Me While I Diss This Pie

The crimes committed by Robert Hendrix were so wild and unfathomable that he must have been in a purple haze at the time. Hendrix killed both his cousin and his cousin's wife because he feared his cousin would testify against him during a burglary trial. The cousin was shot in the head, had his throat cut, and was then beaten with the gun so many times that the trigger broke off. The cousin's wife was also shot in the head, stabbed more than 30 times, and had her throat cut as well.

Hendrix was executed tonight by the state of Florida for his crimes. For his last meal, Hendrix took advantage of Florida's generous last meal policy and ordered pork chops, biscuits with sausage gravy, and Mountain Dew. But instead of pie, which ranks as a favorite death row dessert, Hendrix rounded out his meal with German chocolate cake.  

One Last Cattle Call for William Rousan

It's rare to see a man put to death for stealing cattle these days, but William Rousan was executed by the state of Missouri this morning for just that. Of course, he did kill a few people at the same time, too. 

Rousan, along with his son and his brother, murdered a married couple who lived on a farm and then stole two cows, a VCR, some jewelry, a saddle, and other items. 

Rousan's obvious fondness for good beef followed him all the way to the grave. For his last meal, Rousan asked for a bacon cheeseburger, onion rings, and a slice of pecan pie.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sloppy Killer Has Fitting Last Meal

Jose Villegas was executed by the state of Texas tonight for a triple murder committed in 2001. The victims were his ex-girlfriend, her 3-year old son, and her mother, and each was stabbed multiple times before Villegas stole their car and their TV. At the time of the killings, Villegas was out of jail on bond for a sexual assault charge and was due to go to trial for punching another woman in the face.

Lawyers for Villegas tried for a last-minute appeal from the Supreme Court, claiming their client had an IQ of 59 and was therefore too mentally challenged to qualify for execution. But readers of my book Death Row's Oddest Inmates know that men like Villegas have very little motivation to score well on these prison-administered tests, since a high score would give the state the green light to end your life.

On a side note, Villegas stabbed his 3 victims a total of 86 times. One could argue that if the number of stab wounds you inflict on your victims exceeds your supposed IQ, you're not mentally challenged; you're just a scumbag.

Since Texas no longer allows special last meals, Villegas was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Villegas had a beef sloppy joe, macaroni and cheese, carrots, sweet peas, black-eyed peas, and sliced bread, with a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hefty Hernandez Nearly Breaks the Scales of Justice

Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas was executed by the state of Texas tonight for beating a history professor to death with a metal bar in 1997, then raping the man's wife at knife point. Hernandez-Llanas committed the crime after escaping from prison in his native Mexico, where he was serving time for another murder.

The killer's lawyers claimed that Hernandez-Llanas suffered from a range of mental deficiencies including severe adaptive functioning, but judging from this photo, the killer had no problem at all adapting to prison food.

Because Texas no longer allows special last meals, the killer was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Hernandez-Llanas had chicken patties, mashed potatoes with country gravy, squash, navy beans, sliced bread, yellow cake with vanilla icing, and a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tommy Lynn Sells, But Nobody's Buying

Serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells was executed by the state of Texas tonight after his last-minute appeal fell through. Sells hoped to delay his execution based on the fact that nobody knows where Texas got its new supply of lethal pentobarbital, but apparently that missing morsel of information wasn't enough to temp the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sells earned his death penalty by stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death in 1999, but he may have committed as many as 70 more murders.

Since Texas no longer allows special last meals, condemned inmates are given the same food as others in their unit. For his last meal, Tommy Lynn Sells had BBQ chopped brisket, chilled pasta salad, peas and carrots, sliced pickles, sliced bread, and he had a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

No Doughnuts for Doyle, Only Death

Convicted killer Anthony Doyle was executed by the state of Texas tonight for a robbery/murder that took place in 2003. Doyle had ordered two dozen doughnuts and two dozen breakfast tacos from a take-out service, then beat the delivery woman to death with a baseball bat when she brought the order to his home. Afterward, the killer stole the victim's car, phone, and credit cards. Doyle dumped the body and cleaned up the crime scene--including trying to disguise the blood stains with barbecue sauce--but he was quickly arrested and given the death penalty at his trial.

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal orders, Doyle was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Doyle had a chicken patty, mashed potatoes with country gravy, navy beans, mixed vegetables, sliced bread, and he had a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No Fretting for Ferguson

Most people would feel a little sad on the day of their execution. Moody, morose, or perhaps downright depressed. But not Jeffrey Ferguson, executed today by the state of Missouri. Ferguson, who earned his death penalty by raping and killing a teenager in 1989, was all smiles as he was strapped to the lethal injection table. The killer stuck out his tongue and made funny faces at his relatives, then said, "At this point in my life, I believe that I am the best man I've ever been."

Talk about not setting the bar very high.

For his last meal, Ferguson dined on barbecued ribs, French fries, and apple pie.