Man who killed two people wants 'pickled pig knuckles, pigtail' for last meal before execution by electric chair
Edmund Zagorski, 63, will be the first American prison inmate to be executed by electrocution since 2013. He killed 35-year-old John Dotson and 32-year-old Jimmy Porter in 1984
A prison inmate set to be executed in an electric chair for a double murder reportedly chose bizarre menu items for his last meal, according to reports. The 63-year-old inmate, Edmund Zagorski, reportedly chose to eat pickled pig knuckles and pigtail for dinner shortly before his death sentence was carried out on Thursday, November 1.
Reports state that Zagorski's choice of food was seen as odd by the prison administration who generally see death row inmates ordering food items like steak, pizza and fried chicken as their last meal before death. Zagorski will be the first American prison inmate to be executed by electrocution since 2013. He has been on death row since 1984 ever since he was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of two men, 35-year-old John Dotson and 32-year-old Jimmy Porter. Zagorski was 28 when he committed the murders by shooting the victims and slitting their throats.
Zagorski has reportedly chosen electrocution as a method of his execution because he believes that the infamous chair would not be as agonizing as being killed by a lethal injection, according to the Mirror. The 63-year-old's execution is set to be carried out at 7pm local time at Tennessee's Riverbend maximum security prison. Reports state that Zagorski's initial execution date was set for October 11, however, it was eventually delayed to November because the state was not ready to use an electric chair.
According to the Tennessean's report, when Zagorski was on death watch the last time, he chose not to order a meal. However, his fellow death inmates gathered their resources to give him a pizza for dinner.
If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski on Thursday, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system and who worries that his device will malfunction. https://t.co/mCaVhV2kL0 pic.twitter.com/oYhOPIN7ji— seattlepi (@seattlepi) October 31, 2018
Zagorski's legal team has reportedly approached the Supreme Court to delay his execution set on Thursday, citing that electrocution is a cruel and unusual punishment, calling it "utterly barbaric." His lawyers have also said that the electric chair designed for this purpose in Tennessee is "incomplete" and fails to stop the inmate's heart and brain function, inflicting burns instead.
DENIED: A judge has denied the latest motion to stay the execution of Edmund Zagorski. He's scheduled to be executed tonight. https://t.co/GGwXjgGoEU— WRCB-TV (@WRCB) November 1, 2018
Zagorski's lawyer said that the only reason his client opted to die in the electric chair is because it would cause him just 15-30 seconds of "excruciating pain." The lawyers added that if he had opted for the lethal injection, which is Tennessee's main method of execution, then it would have forced him to spend his final 10-18 minutes of life in "utter terror and agony."
US prisons have witnessed a significant number of botched lethal injections in recent years.