It’s weird when you read a headline like that and your first thought is like holy shit, even on death row, what kind of sick fuck would make that request but then you see the guys face and go oh right, yeah, that dude. sure.
This is the second headline screenshot I’ve seen today from nordpresse.be (the other one was about a lady who supposedly gave birth and then shoved the child up her rear end — I passed that post a while ago and don’t really want to go back and find a link to the tumblr post).
Just a heads-up: it’s a fake news site. They don’t say so, but they are.
Rule 1: If a headline seems ridiculous, and OP conveniently doesn’t link to a source, assume it’s fake. If in doubt, google the headline. Copy it word for word. You’ll find the source if there is one. In my case my search took me to another site, but they linked to their source, which was the nordepresse.be site where the story originated.
Rule 2: If the web site that posted the article has an “about" page that says:
"…our small team of amateurs do not always have the time to check out all our information, but we are optimistic people and do so trust our sources"
…or anything remotely resembling that, then just go ahead and assume that everything they post is bullshit.
Rule 3: If the “article” is continually updated with increasingly unbelievable information, you should go ahead and dismiss the whole thing as fake.
In this case, the article has a link at the bottom leading to an “update,” claiming that the Texas prison had brought in child from Africa to feed the man. Sorry, but not even Texas is that backwards.
Then they linked to another update from that update, saying that the prisoner refused to eat her because she was overcooked. Then, at the end of that update, they added a note saying that the prisoner then choked to death on a seven year old child.
It’s also worth noting that the “updates” are dated before the original article — the first article is dated October 11, 2014, and the updates are dated September 24 and 26th.
Rule 4: If the site spells it’s authors’ names several different ways, it’s probably not legit. The author in the screenshot is listed as Vincent Flibustier. On the site’s about page, it’s Vincent Fillibuster. The first update’s author was Marie Kagan, but she is listed on the about page as Mary Kagan. When a site can’t even keep track of how to spell the names of its authors, one of which is the founder of the site, that should raise a big red flag.
Rule 5: When all else fails, do a reverse image search. The mugshot shows up on dozens of U.S. news sites in a “worst mugshots” feature that they share. Finding out who he actually was took a lot more digging, and I can’t be sure because I can’t find a single page with both the story and the mug shot, but I believe that it’s Shawn Phillips of San Antonio, Texas. He admitted to participating in a vigilante murder in 2010, declining to call police and instead beating a man to death after a family member accused the person of sexual assault.
Phillips is not on death row, however, having plead no contest earlier this year in exchange for a sentence of no more than 25 years. So he wouldn’t even be in a position to request a last meal, much less one as ridiculous as the one in the article.
And even if a prisoner did make such a request, no prison in the country would even consider granting it.