Here’s What 18 Killer’s Last Meal On Death Row Looked Like

Robert Alton Harris


Robert Alton Harris was convicted of kidnapping and murdering two teenage boys with the assistance of his brother in 1978. After a series of rejected appeals, Harris was executed by gas chamber at the San Quentin State Prison in 1992. His execution was the first in over 25 years in the state of California.

For his last meal, he asked for a 21-piece bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, two large Domino’s pizzas (no anchovies), a bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel cigarettes. Instead of Dominos, he was given Tombstone pizzas as per Vernell Crittendon’s (a prison guard who oversaw death row) orders.

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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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