Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Tale of Two Patties

When death row inmates can't or won't choose a last meal, the results are obvious--patty-monium ensues. Yesterday, Gustavo Garcia received chicken patties before he was executed in Texas, which doesn't allow special last meal requests. Tonight, Travis Hittson was executed by the state of Georgia and he chose not to exercise his freedom to order a last meal. In return, he received what everyone else in his prison unit was eating for dinner: meatloaf patties, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, red beans, cornbread, bread pudding, and an orange beverage.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Texas Chicken Patty Rears Ugly Head Again

Convicted killer Gustavo Garcia was executed by the state of Texas tonight for his part in the shotgun slaying of a gas station clerk during a robbery in 1990. Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, so Garcia was served the same food as others in his unit. This included the ubiquitous chicken patty, which has appeared on quite a few last meal menus over the years. Gustavo Garcia's last meal also included macaroni & cheese, sweet peas, carrots, pinto beans, sliced bread, and a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Daily Special for Jones

Spending 35 years on death row can kill a man’s hopes, kill his dreams, and apparently kill his appetite. Brandon Astor Jones, executed by the state of Georgia early this morning for his part in a 1979 gas station robbery and murder, chose not to order a special last meal and was given the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Jones had chicken and rice, rutabagas, seasoned turnip greens, dry white beans, cornbread, bread pudding, and fruit punch.