It used to be my party ice-breaker question: If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you choose as your final meal?
As you might imagine, the question quickly thinned the crowd of people who wanted to hang around me for the evening. But it’s a question that death row inmates have had to consider time and again as an execution date draws closer.
This set of blog posts takes a look at their fascinating choices and speculates about the reasons surrounding those choices.
First up is Victor Feguer. Executed by hanging on March 15, 1963 in Iowa, Feguer’s last meal request was a single olive. With the pit. He tucked the pit into the pocket of his suit the morning of his execution. I could find no information on the significance of the olive to Feguer.
Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, Feguer had a long history of mental illness culminating…
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