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16 Serial Killer's Last Meals On Death Row

16 Serial Killer's Last Meals On Death Row

Whatever it is that keeps us perpetually fascinated with Serial Killers, it certainly doesn't stop at their Last Meal. Maybe we want to compare it to our own favorite feasts, wondering if there is a psychopath somewhere deep inside of us? Maybe we just have a weird thing for knowing the little details that compose some of the world's most horrible villains. The reality of the little details is relentlessly fascinating, though. What leads these people to their crimes? And what is the meal they want to leave this world enjoying? Some of history's most famous serial killers are on this list and you'll be surprised by some of their demands. 

1. Joe Arridy

Perhaps the most depressing name on the list is 23-year old Joe Arridy who was mentally disabled with an IQ in the 40's and falsely accused and convicted of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. He was executed via the gas chamber in 1939 and then was posthumously pardoned 72 years after his death in 2011. His last meal was requested as ice cream.


2. Danny Rolling

"The Gainsville Ripper" was a serial killer responsible for the deaths of 5 students in Florida in the early 1990s. Before being executed in 2006 by lethal injection, Rolling was served lobster tail, butterfly shrimp, baked potato, strawberry cheesecake, and sweet tea.


3. Aileen Wuornos

After murdering 7 men as a prostitute between 1989 and 1990 by shooting them, Aileen was executed via lethal injection in 2002. Before her execution, Wuornos declined to have a special last meal, and opted for a burger and snacks from the prison canteen instead. Later, she also had a cup of coffee.


4. Robert Alton Harris

Before being executed via the Gas Chamber for the 1978 kidnap and murder of two teenage boys, Harris asked for his last meal, he asked for a 21-piece bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, two large Domino’s pizzas (no anchovies), a bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel cigarettes. Instead of Dominos, he was given Tombstone pizzas as per Vernell Crittendon’s (a prison guard who oversaw death row) orders.


5. Thomas Grasso

Grasso was extradited to Oklahoma to be executed for the Christmas Eve murder in 1990 of an 87 year old woman he stole a whopping $12 from. Before his lethal injection he requested two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie with whipped cream and diced strawberries, and a 16-ounce can of SpaghettiOs — to be served at room temperature. In one of four press releases he issued on the day before his execution he was quoted saying, “I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”


6. Ruth Snyder

Ruth was a housewife living in Queens who conspired to and successfully murdered her husband before being electrocuted in 1928. Ruth was served chicken parmesan with alfredo pasta, ice cream, 2 milkshakes, and a 12-pack of grape soda for her last meal.


7. Ted Bundy

Responsible for the rape and murders of at least 30 women from 1971-1974 (though some estimations put his actual victim count above 100,) Ted Bundy is perhaps one of history's most notorious serial killers. Before being executed by electrocution in 1989, Bundy declined having a special meal as his last so he was served the “traditional” steak dinner made up of a steak (medium-rare), eggs (over easy), hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly... and he did not eat it.

via:Conway L.

8. Bruno Richard Hauptmann

Before being executed via the Electric Chair for what was dubbed "The Crime of The Century," when Hauptmann kidnapped and murdered the infant son of Charles Lindbergh in 1932, he ate celery, olives, chicken, french fries, buttered peas, cherries, and a slice of cake for his last meal.

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9. Timothy McVeigh

The American Terrorist responsible for The Oklahoma City bombings, McVeigh was executed via lethal injection in 2001 and his last meal was two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.


10. William Bonin

More commonly known as "The Freeway Killer," Bonin was responsible for the deaths, assaults, and torture of at least 21 young men and boys between 1979 and 1980 in Southern California. Prior to his 1996 execution, Bonin's last meal request was for two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of chocolate ice cream, and three six-packs of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.


11. John Wayne Gacey

A serial rapist and killer responsible for the deaths of at least 33 teenage boys and young men between the years of 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois, John Wayne Gacey was executed in 1994 after 14 years on Death Row. His last meal was a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.


12. Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin

As the final executions carried out in Canada, Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were executed via hanging in 1962. Both men were served a humble last meal of steak, potatoes, vegetables, and pie.

via:David Pursehouse

13. Fritz Haarman

More famously known as The Butcher of Hanover, Fritz was a serial rapist and killer responsible for the deaths of at least 24 boys over the course of 1918 to 1924. Haarmann was sentenced to death by guillotine in 1925 and for his last meal aarmann was given a very expensive cigar to smoke in his cell while sipping a Brazilian coffee.

via:Tom Gilbert

14. Westley Allan Dodd

Also known as "The Vancouver Child Killer," Dodd was a "classic sexual psychopath," with over 50 victims of molestation before the incident in 1989 where he began a brutal murder spree that spanned until he was executed by hanging in 1993, as he requested. Dodd's last meal was salmon and potatoes.

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15. Mona Fandey

After deceiving Mazlan Idris, a state assemblyman for the constituency of Batu Talam out of over half a million US dollars, Mazlan, along with her husband and assistant, decapitated Mazlan before dismembering and partially skinning his corpse. Executed via hanging in 2001, Her last meal was KFC.


16. Margie Velma Barfield

Margie was the first women to be executed by lethal injection in 1984 after admitting to murdering several people by using arsenic rat poison and pretending to nurse them back to health. During her time in prison she became a devout Christian and her final meal was rather unusual: a bag of Cheez Doodles and a 12 oz. can of Coke.