Death row inmates and their final meals : From pints of ice cream to KFC feasts

Death row is on many people's minds this week after notorious "womb raider" Lisa Montgomery was given a lethal injection following a brief stay of execution.

The US justice system involves many traditions for criminals who receive the death penalty, from being asked for their last words to being offered a spiritual guide to pray with them before their death.

One of the most fascinating traditions is the "last meal", in which death row inmates can order any food they like before their execution.

It's not yet been reported what Montgomery ordered for her final meal on Earth, but here are a few notable last meals of other prisoners.

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Timothy McVeigh

McVeigh carried out the deadliest act of domestic terrorism the US has ever seen on April 19 1995 when he blew up a building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people including 19 children in a daycare centre.

He was executed by lethal injection exactly three months before the September 11 attacks.

His final meal was two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Thomas J. Grasso

Grasso strangled Hilda Johnson with her own Christmas tree lights on December 24, 1990, and murdered 81-year old Leslie Holtz six months later.

Grasso's last meal was two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams (with a wedge of lemon), a double cheeseburger from Burger King, a half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, one-half of a pumpkin pie with whipped cream and diced strawberries.

Grasso also requested a can of Spaghetti-Os with meatballs, but due to a mixup he was given fresh spaghetti instead.

Grasso's last words were: "I did not get my Spaghetti-Os, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this."

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John Wayne Gacy

The notorious 'killer clown' raped, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men.

Gacy was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Centre on May 10, 1994.

His last meal was a feast consisting of 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, french fries, and a pound of strawberries.

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Jeffrey Allen Barney

Barney was convicted of the 1981 rape and murder of Ruby Mae Longsworth in her Texas home while her husband was out attending a ministers' convention.

He acknowledged his guilt and was heard to say he "deserved to die" before being administered a lethal injection in 1986.

His final meal consisted of typical breakfast food: a bowl of Frosted Flakes cereal and milk.

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Gary Carl Simmons, Jr.

Simmons, who worked as a butcher, killed 21-year-old Jeffery Wolfe over a drug deal gone wrong, then used his carving knives to dismember the body.

Simmons' last meal consisted of one Pizza Hut Supreme Deep Dish pizza with double mushrooms, double onions, double jalapeño peppers, and double pepperoni; a second pizza with three cheeses, olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and Italian sausage; 10 eight-ounce packs of Parmesan cheese and 10 eight-ounce packs ranch dressing; 8 ounces of jalapeño nacho cheese; 4 ounces of sliced jalapeños; 2 twenty-ounce Cherry Cokes; 2 large strawberry shakes; two pints of strawberry ice cream; and one family-sized bag of Doritos nacho cheese flavour.

He reportedly managed to eat around half of the colossal 29,000 calorie feast.

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Lawrence Russell Brewer

Together with two other white supremacists, Brewer chained James Byrd Jr to the back of a car and dragged him to his death in a racially-motivated murder.

Brewer requested an immense last meal, including two chicken fried steaks and sliced onions in gravy; a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger; one cheese omelette with minced beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and jalapeños; a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup; one pound of barbecued meat and half a loaf of white bread; three fajitas; a Pizza Hut Meat Lovers pizza; a pint of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream; peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts on top, and three root beers.

When the food was delivered to his cell, Brewer told prison wardens he wasn't hungry.

Victor Feguer

Feguer's seemingly random murder of a doctor he found through the Yellow Pages saw him sentenced to death by hanging in 1963.

For his last meal, Feguer requested a single olive with its stone still inside.

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