A Georgia death row inmate’s massive last meal is sparking questions. Georgia death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner, 46, requested a massive last meal but will she — unlike her male predecessors — be able to eat it? Gissendaner, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection next week, has made quite an interesting request for her final meal before being put to death, according to a Feb. 18, USA Today report.
“She requested a last meal of cornbread with a side of buttermilk; two Burger King Whoppers with cheese; two large orders of fries; cherry vanilla ice cream; popcorn; a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Newman’s Own buttermilk dressing; and lemonade.”
Just a few hours after Georgia’s female death row inmate will have her last meal, Gissendaner is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. If the execution takes place, 46-year-old Gissendaner will become the first woman to be executed in Georgia since 1945.
Gissendaner was sentenced to death in 1998 for orchestrating the murder of her husband, Dough Gissendaner. In 1997, the woman convinced her then boyfriend, Gregory Owen, that her husband would not leave her alone even after a divorce and that the only way to get rid of him was to kill him. “Court documents say she persuaded her then boyfriend Gregory Bruce Owen to kidnap her husband and kill him so she could collect on the couple’s life insurance policy.”
The elaborate scheme to get rid of – and rich – from her husband was carried out by Gissendaner’s boyfriend. He kidnapped Dough Gissendaner from his home and forced him to drive to a secluded area of Gwinnett County. Gregory Owen then stabbed the husband repeatedly in the neck. Gissendaner’s plan was to make it look like her husband was killed by a robber by taking away his watch and wedding ring.
Even though Owen was the one who committed the actual murder, he did not receive the death penalty because he helped the district attorney in the case against Gissendaner who had planned it all. Owen testified against Gissendaner and was ultimately sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Last meals for death row inmates are usually granted. However, most death row inmates are unable to eat just hours before their execution and leave their last meals untouched. “While condemned murderers are always offered a final meal, in the most recent instances the men to be put to death have opted for the same meal served other inmates. And then they did not eat once their dinners were brought to them.”
Kelly Renee Gissendaner has requested her final meal but it has not been granted yet. If she gets her Burger King Whoppers, fries, and healthy salad, will Georgia’s death row inmate be able to eat her massive last meal?