Something About Texas
Number of U.S. counties where more than a fifth of "residents" are prison inmates: 21
Number of these that are in Texas: 10
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For a long time the State of Texas used to have a website that listed the last meals of Texas condemned inmates. They have taken it down, but a capture of it is still available on the web. It has all the qualities of a good highway accident. I slowed down, I gawked.
The meals tend to be straightforward food. No one is asking for foie gras. Lots of hamburgers, lots of fried chicken.
David Castillo requested:
Twenty-four soft shell tacos, six enchiladas, six tostados, two whole onions, five jalapenos, two cheeseburgers, one chocolate shake, one quart of milk and one package of Marlboro cigarettes. (Prohibited by TDCJ policy)
David Castillo had a ninth grade education. He murdered a clerk in a liquor store hold-up, stabbing 59 Clarencio Champion. Champion died a week later.
John Baltazar's request was Cool Whip and Cherries. On 09/27/1997, Baltazar and one co-defendant kicked in the front door of a Corpus Christi home and began shooting. A five year old Hispanic female was struck by two bullets, causing her death. Another female and a male in the residence were struck by bullets, but survived the wounds.
I am trying to decide what I would want my last meal to be. It would finish with birthday cake and ice cream, because that is a guilty pleasure. I don't know that I'd actually be able to eat anything. But as a parlor game--if you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what five books would you take, if you could request your last meal, what would you eat--I find myself turning over choices.