The last meal of 12 Death-Row Inmates

The last meal of 12 Death-Row Inmates

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Food is the fuel that drives existence; without it, we would die. There is a subtle contradiction in the tradition of offering a condemned prisoner his choice of last meal. Why bother having a sumptuous meal right before you’re set to be executed? In fact, the tradition has a long history, as long as men have been killing each other, of course. In Europe, it was believed that offering the condemned a last meal would seal an oath of peace between the condemned and the parties involved in his demise. The prisoner, by accepting the meal, tacitly forgave his executioner, the judge and the witnesses. It would also prevent the executed person from coming back as revenant and haunt those involved in his death. In modern days, the superstition has faded away, but the tradition goes on. Here are 11 last meal requests from death-row inmates.

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