Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Puckett Has Pancakes and Shrimp

Remember Bubba Gump’s famous speech from the movie Forrest Gump? The shrimp-loving character rattles off all the different ways shrimp can be prepared, including “pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad…” and the list went on and on.

But if Bubba had spent any time on Mississippi’s death row, he could’ve added a few more unusual recipes to that list. Readers might remember that Edwin Hart Turner, executed in Mississippi last month, reportedly ate a meal of cinnamon rolls and shrimp after he committed the double murder that earned him his death sentence.

Tonight, Mississippi’s Larry Matthew Puckett continued that tradition by requesting macadamia nut pancakes and shrimp for his last meal. The full order was macadamia nut pancakes with butter and maple syrup, shrimp and grits, an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, a bag of Werther’s Originals caramel candy, and an A&W root beer.

Puckett was convicted of bludgeoning his ex-boss’s wife to death with an axe handle. The victim’s mother caught Puckett inside the victim’s home with the murder weapon in his hand, but Puckett blamed someone else for the crime. He said he only broke into the home to rob it and that the victim’s husband coincidentally picked that exact same time to murder his wife.

Sounds shrimpy—er, I mean fishy—to me.

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