Last Meals

The Afternoon Meal (La Merienda), by Luis Meléndez, c. 1772, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection.

By Brent Cunningham

I n January 1985, Pizza Hut aired a commercial in South Carolina that featured a condemned prisoner ordering delivery for his last meal. Two weeks earlier, the state had carried out its first execution in…

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