What was Timothy McVeigh's last meal in prison just before his death by lethal injection in 2001?
Timothy James McVeigh was responsible for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured over 680 others. The bombing was the deadliest act of terrorism in the United States prior to the US September 11 attacks.
A Gulf War veteran, McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolution against the federal government, and defended the bombing as a legitimate tactic against what he saw as a tyrannical federal government. He was arrested shortly after the bombing and indicted for eleven federal offenses, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction. He was found guilty on all counts in 1997.
McVeigh, age 22, who was executed by lethal injection after killing 168 people and injuring more than 680 during the Oklahoma City bombing, wanted two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream as his last meal. His execution was carried out on June 11, 2001 in Indiana.
On June 12, 2001, Brooklyn-based photographer Jonathon Kambouris had read an article in the local paper about the execution. "When I read that Timothy McVeigh chose two pints of mint chocolate ice cream as his last meal, it immediately sent a shiver down my spine and left a lasting effect on me," Kambouris explained.
Jonathon Kambouris visually documents the face and last meal of convicted killers in order to question how society is really served by the death penalty. "The last meal is the last choice one can make before being put to death." That's the inspiration behind "The Last Meals Project."