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The Last Meals of Death Row Inmates, Beautifully Recreated [Slideshow]

  • <p>Gary Mark Gilmore, Robbery/Murder, Utah State Prison, Utah, 1977;<br />
Gilmore was the first man put to death after the U.S. reinstated the death penalty in 1976.</p>
  • <p>Lewis Gilbert, Murder, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, 2003</p>
  • <p>James Hudson, Murder, Greensville Correctional Center, Virginia, 2004</p>
  • <p>Thomas Treshawn Ivey, Murder, Broad River Correctional Institution, South Carolina, 2006</p>
  • <p>Louis Jones Jr., Kidnap/Rape/Murder, Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex, Indiana, 2003</p>
  • <p>John Wayne Gacy, aka the Killer Clown, Rape/Murder, Stateville Correctional Center, Illinois, 1994</p>
  • <p>Victor Feguer, Murder, Iowa State Penitentiary, Iowa, 1963;<br />
Feguer was the last inmate put to death before the U.S. placed a moratorium on capital punishment in the 1960s.</p>
  • <p>Eddie Lee Mays, Robbery/Murder, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, New York, 1963</p>
  • <p>Jackie Barron Wilson, Rape/Murder, Texas State Penitentiary, Texas, 2006</p>
  • 01 /09 | Eggs

    Gary Mark Gilmore, Robbery/Murder, Utah State Prison, Utah, 1977;
    Gilmore was the first man put to death after the U.S. reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

  • 02 /09 | Ice cream cones

    Lewis Gilbert, Murder, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, 2003

  • 03 /09 | Cracker

    James Hudson, Murder, Greensville Correctional Center, Virginia, 2004

  • 04 /09 | Donut

    Thomas Treshawn Ivey, Murder, Broad River Correctional Institution, South Carolina, 2006

  • 05 /09 | Fruit

    Louis Jones Jr., Kidnap/Rape/Murder, Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex, Indiana, 2003

  • 06 /09 | KFC

    John Wayne Gacy, aka the Killer Clown, Rape/Murder, Stateville Correctional Center, Illinois, 1994

  • 07 /09 | Olive

    Victor Feguer, Murder, Iowa State Penitentiary, Iowa, 1963;
    Feguer was the last inmate put to death before the U.S. placed a moratorium on capital punishment in the 1960s.

  • 08 /09 | Pall Mall cigarettes

    Eddie Lee Mays, Robbery/Murder, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, New York, 1963

  • 09 /09 | Onion

    Jackie Barron Wilson, Rape/Murder, Texas State Penitentiary, Texas, 2006

Call it morbid fascination, but we've always wondered what death-row inmates ate for their last supper. Donuts? KFC? A nice, juicy onion?

All of the above, it turns out. Graphic designer James Reynolds recreated the final food requests of nine American prisoners executed between 1963 and 2006, then photographed the meals — each starkly arranged on an inmate-orange cafeteria tray — in his London studio. He titled the series, appropriately, Last Suppers.

The photos are haunting. Consider the meal for John Wayne Gacy aka the Killer Clown: a bucket of original-recipe Kentucky Fried Chicken (which is extra creepy because Gacy had worked for KFC and abused male employees there). Or the one for Eddie Lee Mays, the last man executed in New York state, who, in an ultimate middle finger to the whole lousy system (we presume), eschewed provisions altogether, instead opting for a pack of Pall Malls. With these pictures, Reynolds has created a final slice of humanity for those condemned as inhumane.

[Images by and courtesy of James Reynolds]

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