What would your last meal be if you had a death sentence? Most countries that allow capital punishment also allow for said prisoners to be able to pick out their last meal before they die, referred to as a “special meal” by some prison officers. This tradition has superstitious roots, that date back as far as the Medieval Era.

It was believed in Medieval Europe that if prisoners continued to be fed well, they wouldn’t have the ability to return back as ghosts and haunt whoever killed them. If the drinks and food were of great quality, then the likelihood of a prisoner coming back from the grave would be less. But if the drinks and food were of poor quality, then the likelihood of the prisoner coming back and tormenting his executioner would be more.

There are approved foods that death row prisoners have the ability to choose from in America for their final meals, and what they can eat varies from state to state.

A prisoner’s last meal can often be as indulgent as they want or it can just be as simple as they choose it to be.

Or, it can end up being as bizarre and strange as they want it to be.

A few of the meals that death row prisoners choose to eat are just downright weird. But, there’s many unhinged criminals who end up being put on death row so more or less it makes sense.

Here are 15 of the strangest last meal requests that death row criminals have made.




David Leon Woods – A Pizza And A Birthday Cake

David Leon Woods, along with two accomplices of his, broke into one of Woods’ neighbor’s homes, Juan Placencia, who was located in Garrett, Indiana to steal a TV.

When Placencia went and answered the door, Woods barged in the home and went about stabbing his neighbor. He repeatedly stabbed him and eventually ended up killing him. Woods and an accomplice of his robbed Placencia’s TV, hid it, and then later went on to sell it.

He called the police the next morning and pretended as if he’d just went over to Placencia’s home and found the body after looking to use his telephone.

But while he was questioned at the police station, he confessed to his crime and broke down. Woods was sentenced to be executed and convicted of murder. He requested a birthday cake to eat with his family and pizza as his last meal.


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