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Clear your plate

There were 25 executions in the US in 2018, mostly by lethal injection, 13 in the state of Texas, where – unlike other states – the person about to be executed is not permitted to choose their last meal, but must eat the regular prison dishes.

Of the other 12, their choice of last meal was as follows:

Eric Branch, in Florida, executed in February: the 47 year old went for a pork chop, a T-bone steak, french fries, two pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and ginger ale.

Michael Eggers, in Alabama, executed in March: he asked for chicken creole, dirty rice, turnip greens, cornbread, cream corn, cake, and a grape drink. He was 50.

Carlton Gary, in Georgia, was executed in March: the 67 year old so-called ‘Stocking Strangler’ ate a hamburger, a hot dog, white beans, coleslaw and a grape beverage.

Walter Moody was 83 when he was executed in Alabama: he went for two Philly cheese sandwiches and a Dr Pepper soft drink.

Robert Butts was executed in Georgia in May when he was 40: bacon cheeseburger with American and cheddar cheese, a ribeye steak, six chicken tenders, seasoned fries, cheesecake and strawberry lemonade. His final words were “Yeah, I’ve been drinking caffeine all day.”

Robert Van Hook was 58 when he was executed in Ohio in July: his selection was double cheeseburgers, fries, strawberry cheese cake with whipped cream, a vanilla milkshake and grapefruit juice.

Billy Irick, 59, was executed in Tennessee in August: before his final words – “I just want to say I’m really sorry” he ate a ‘super deluxe’ burger, onion rings and a Pepsi.

In Nebraska Carey Moore saw his last in August aged 60: he had been on Death Row for almost 40 years. His choice was very modest – some Pizza Hut slices.

Rodney Berget was executed in South Dakota aged 56 in October: possessed of a sweet tooth he chose pancakes, waffles, maple syrup and butter, breakfast sausages, scrambled eggs, fries, Pepsi and Cherry Nibs licorice.

Edmund Zagorski was executed in Tennessee in December at the age of 63 by the electric chair, unusually: His final words were “let’s rock” and his meal was pickled pig knuckles and pigtails.

David Earl Miller was 61 when he died in Tennessee in December: he chose pepper steak, steamed rice with brown gravy, ranch style beans, cornbread, spaghetti with beef sauce, corn, pinto beans, and garlic toast. Before the switch was thrown on the electric chair he said “beats being on Death Row”.

Jose Jimenez, 55, was killed in Florida in December, after he consumed a cuban sandwich, eggs, French fries and ice cream.