Wednesday, April 24, 2019

King Eats Like a Peasant

Convicted killer John William King was executed by the state of Texas tonight. King whole-heartedly earned his death sentence for his part in the murder of James Byrd Jr in 1998. Byrd was chained behind a truck and dragged several miles to his death.

Once upon a time, Texas allowed its death row inmates to pick their last meal from foods available in the prison kitchen at the time. There were no limits on the meals, other than the fact that the food needed to be items normally stocked in the prison pantry. Ironically, though, that tradition ended after the 2011 execution of John King's partner in crime, Lawrence Brewer. Prior to his execution for his part in Byrd's dragging death, Brewer ordered a huge last meal consisting of enough food to feed an army. Once the feast arrived, however, Brewer didn't eat one bite of it. Texas lawmakers were so angry that they did away with the last meal tradition then and there.

Because Texas no longer allows last meal requests, King was served the same food as others in his unit today. For his last meal, John King had spaghetti with beef sauce, a baked pork chop, steamed rice with brown gravy, mixed vegetables, green beans, corn, pinto beans, corn bread, garlic bread, and a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.  

Friday, March 1, 2019

Clowning and Chaos at Coble Killing

Convicted murderer Billie Wayne Coble was executed by the state of Texas last night, but his lethal injection was far from ordinary.

Coble earned his death sentence for killing his in-laws and their son, a former police sergeant, during a days-long fight with his estranged wife regarding their impending divorce. 

Moments before his death, Coble joked with bystanders and said, "That'll be $5." But the mood in the witness area wasn't light at all as a fight broke out between Coble's relatives and others who were there to observe the execution. Coble's son and grandson were arrested after shouting obscenities and punching other members of the execution audience.

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Coble was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Coble was served scrambled eggs, oven-fried potatoes, biscuits, country gravy, mixed fruit, grape jelly, catsup, baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet peas, pinto beans, and sliced bread, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Braziel Whacked

Alvin Braziel Jr. was executed by the state of Texas tonight for a murder that took place in 1993. While a newlywed couple was walking on a jogging path, Braziel jumped out and tried to rob them. He ended up killing the husband and sexually assaulting the wife in a particularly braziel--er, that is, brazen--act of violence.

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Braziel was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Braziel had pepper steak, steamed rice with brown gravy, ranch style beans, cornbread, spaghetti with beef sauce, corn, pinto beans, and garlic toast, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Fried Chicken for Fried Inmate

Convicted killer David Earl Miller was executed by the state of Tennessee last night. Miller earned his lethal injection for beating and stabbing a woman to death with a fireplace poker in 1981.

Following a recent Tennessee trend, Miller chose the electric chair over lethal injection as his means of execution. His last words before the switch was thrown were, "Beats being on death row."

For his last meal, Miller chose fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and coffee.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

This Seven Wasn't So Magnificent

Joseph Garcia, a member of the infamous “Texas Seven,” was executed tonight for his part in the murder of a police officer in 2000.

Together with six other inmates, Garcia escaped from prison and went on a crime spree with other members of the gang. During the robbery of a sporting goods store, one police officer was shot and killed. The “Texas Seven” were recaptured one month later; one member committed suicide as the police closed in, but the other six were apprehended and given the death penalty. Garcia is the fourth member of the gang to lie on the execution table.

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Garcia was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Joseph Garcia had a baked pork chop, pepper steak, sweet potatoes, pinto beans, steamed rice with brown gravy, corn, vegetarian beans, cornbread, sliced bread, and a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Reward for Ramos?

Roberto Ramos was executed tonight by the state of Texas. Ramos earned his death sentence in a particularly gruesome way; by bludgeoning his wife and two children, ages 3 and 7, with a sledgehammer before burying them beneath the floor of his bathroom. Three days after the murders, Ramos married a woman he had been having an affair with and moved her into the home where his family was buried.

When asked if he had any last words, Ramos responded as if he were at a retirement party instead of an execution. “I’m getting my gold watch that it took the governor 30 years to forge,” he said. “Thank you, God. Lord, send me a chariot. I’m ready.”

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Ramos was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Roberto Ramos had pepper steak, steamed rice, mixed greens, pinto beans, sliced bread, oven-fried potatoes, country gravy with sausage, mixed fruit, biscuits, and a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.