Shortly after midnight, the state of Missouri executed Earl Ringo Jr. for a double murder committed during a 1998 restaurant robbery.
We couldn't help wondering if Ringo's last meal might include an Apple, or some fancy dessert with a name like Strawberry Shortcake Forever, but such was not the case. Ringo actually didn't order a last meal at all, and was served the prison's "daily special" of Salisbury steak, macaroni and cheese, salad, vegetables, and cake.
Ringo's last words were also a topic of curiosity. Perhaps the condemned man would utter something clever like "I Feel Fine," or "Hello Goodbye," or simply "Help!" Would he talk about his upcoming journey on "The Long and Winding Road," or mention how he got by with a little help from his friends during his years in prison? Beatlemanicas were once again crushed, however, when Ringo simply offered up a passage from the Quran instead.
As Ringo's story draws to a close, one other case of irony cannot be ignored; he committed his double murder at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant---named, of course, after a song by the Rolling Stones.