Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Texas Performs Halloween Exe-Boo-Tion

Donnie Lee Roberts was executed by the state of Texas tonight in what was heralded as a special Halloween "exe-boo-tion." Roberts was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend then robbing her so he could buy crack cocaine. During the robbery, Roberts stole a TV, a truck, some jewelry, two guns, and tickets to a Houston Texans football game.

Roberts was allowed a brief amount of time to go "trick-or-treating" in the cell block prior to his lethal injection, but candy is apparently scarce in the Walls Unit. By the end of the evening, his trick or treat bag contained mostly bent cigarettes and a few homemade shanks.

Roberts continues this month's tradition of executing "lethal Lees." Bobby Lee Hines was executed in the Lone Star State just last week. 

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Roberts was given the same food as everyone else in the unit. 

November 2 - UPDATE - Donnie Lee's last meal is finally available! 

Even though the condemned inmate is only given dinner on their final day, the prison chef puts together two plates containing items from the full day's menu and serves them both at once. Roberts was served the following:

Plate #1: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and brown gravy, mixed vegetables, mixed greens, northern beans, sliced bread, carrot cake

Plate #2: spiced beef roll, pinto beans, green beans, cornbread

He also received lemonade, punch, tea, and milk.

A big thank-you to the helpful folks at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bearded Brute Binges on Breakfast

Convicted killer Donald Moeller—one of the “worst of the worst” in the death row universe—was executed tonight in South Dakota, 22 years after he committed his terrible crime. Moeller obviously believed that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, because he ordered it for his last meal ever. Moeller asked for scrambled eggs, link sausages, tater tots, and coffee.

Moeller, who tried to escape from jail at various times disguised as Rip Van Winkle, an Amish farmer, and a member of the rock band ZZ Top, gave one last-ditch effort on the day of his execution. Just prior to the lethal injection, Moeller put on a red suit, patted his round belly, and announced, “Well, I better head to the North Pole now. Christmas is only two months away and those toys aren’t going to make themselves!”

The prison staff wasn’t fooled, however, and justice was ultimately served.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Texas Terminates Another Lethal Lee

Bobby Lee Hines was executed by the state of Texas tonight for killing and robbing a female neighbor in 1991. The robbery netted Hines four packs of cigarettes, a bowl full of pennies, and a gold charm shaped like a sand dollar.

If you’ve read our book, you’re already familiar with the tarnished image that comes with the name “Lee.” Countless executed men have had “Lee” as their middle name, and one study showed that 1 in 12 death row inmates have “Lee” somewhere in their name—either first, middle, or last. No one can explain why, but that particular moniker causes more than its share of dead-lee consequences.

Because Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Hines was served the same food as everyone else on his cell block. The daily menu was grilled hamburger patties, beef hot links, French fries, green beans, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, rice, sliced bread, apple cobbler, lemonade, and milk.

Ferguson's Faux Final Feast is a Flop

It's unusual for us to post an article about the last meal of someone who's still alive, but almost everything about John Ferguson's case is unusual.

After an endless amount of legal wrangling that involved appeals, stays, lifted stays, then more stays, Ferguson’s execution in Florida was called off at the very last minute. The final stay came so late that Ferguson had already eaten his “last meal” and was headed for the execution chamber. Most of the appeals claimed that Ferguson was too mentally ill to be put to death. Among other odd behaviors, the convicted killer claims to be the “Prince of God” and believes that God will send him back to earth after his execution so he can save the United States from a Communist plot.

Those claims are definitely a bit nutty, but Ferguson’s mental instability was made glaringly obvious by what he chose for his last meal; a country-fried chicken sandwich and sweet iced tea.

If you’ve read our book, you already know that Florida offers one of the best last meal dining experiences in the entire prison system. Nearly everything is allowed, from choice cuts of beef to succulent seafood. The prison chef will shop for any unusual foods you have a taste for, with a generous spending limit of $40. Even the inmates who don’t place a special order are given a default last meal of steak and eggs. In other words, this is prison dining at its finest. Epicureans on vacation in Florida have actually found themselves pondering capital crimes just to get a taste of that fine jailhouse chow.  

To prove how elaborate a last meal in Florida can be, just look at the one ordered by Marvin Francois—John Ferguson’s accomplice—who was executed in 1985 for his part in six of the murders Ferguson committed. Francois ordered barbecued ribs, shrimp, fried chicken, lobster tail, French fries, sliced tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, and coffee.

Now that’s a last meal, as opposed to a humble chicken sandwich—which seems far more appropriate for a pauper than a “prince.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stone-Cold Killer Has Frozen Last Meal

There’s no doubt about it; Eric Robert—executed today in South Dakota—was one cold dude. While serving an 80-year prison sentence for kidnapping, Robert killed a guard during a failed escape attempt. He later claimed that his one regret about the event was that he hadn’t killed even more guards.

As a testament to his stone-cold personality, Eric Robert ordered nothing but Moose Tracks ice cream for his last meal. He requested that his meal be served earlier than usual so he could fast for a full 40 hours prior to his lethal injection.

Robert wasn't the only inmate to order just dessert before he got his just desserts. Several others, including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, asked for nothing but ice cream before they walked that rocky road to the execution chamber. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's Not Easy Being Green

Jonathan Green, executed by the state of Texas last night, went to his death espousing his innocence. “I’m an innocent man,” Green said in his final statement. “I never killed anyone. Y’all are killing an innocent man.” Green then looked at one of the needles used in the lethal injection process and said, “It’s hurting me bad.” Moments later, he began snoring loudly.

Green’s plea of innocence might have carried more weight if not for the fact that his murdered victim was found stuffed behind a chair in Green’s home. Green claimed that someone else must have put the body there, and that he didn’t know anything about it.

By the way, Green’s long list of prior offenses included stealing a pony from a petting zoo and stabbing it to death. Not exactly the type of thing you want on your resume if you’re claiming to be a peaceful man.

Because Texas no longer allows death row inmates to order a special last meal, Green was given the same food as the other convicts in his unit. His last meal was Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, pinto beans, and mixed vegetables.