‘Last Meal’ examines death row inmates’ lives, crimes, and final food choices

True Crime December 13, 2022
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It’s possible you’ve already considered what you’d like to eat for your last meal. Be it truffle fries, caviar, a stir fry, or perhaps keeping it simple with a Nutella milkshake, some take this final opportunity to fully feast on their favorites. Perhaps other people use their last meal choice to send a message. But what exactly does it imply?

Christopher Feinstein’s “Last Meal” examines the last foods that death row inmates requested to consume and what we can speculate from their picks. Episodes discuss inmates’ backgrounds, crimes, and possible reasons behind their last food selections. Perhaps we can uncover more information about inmates from their food preferences, whether it stands for rebellion, comfort, or a reflection on life? Feinstein is exploring each interesting food choice inmates made, and we can assure “you’ll never look at your dinner in the same way again.”

Stream “Last Meal” in any order with standalone episodes averaging less than 20 minutes each. We recommend this series for fans of true crime and psychology podcasts that attempt to reveal more about criminals’ inner workings.

Richard Wade Cooey II was convicted for murder, rape, and robberies. In 1986, Cooey used shoelaces to strangle 2 sorority sisters – 21-year-old Wendy Offredo and 20-year-old Dawn McCreery – in Akron, Ohio. In 2008, Cooey was executed by a lethal injection.

On the day of his execution, Cooey opted out of breakfast. But the night before, Cooey chowed down on a T-bone steak with A1 sauce, fries, onion rings, four eggs over easy, hash browns, buttered toast, bear claw pastries, a pint of rocky road ice cream, and Mountain Dew.

Cooey’s final words were: “You [expletive] have not paid attention to anything I’ve had to say for the past 22 years. Why would you pay attention to anything I have to say now?” Feinstein analyzes Cooey’s last meal in the first episode.

To learn more about death row inmates’ “Last Meal,” tune in weekly wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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