Tennessee Death Row Inmate Chooses Pickled Pig Knuckles And Tails As Last Meal

Edmund Zagorski, a convicted double murderer, enjoyed some unusual eats before he was executed by electric chair. 

Update: Edmund Zagorski was executed by electric chair on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 1. 


A death row inmate has made a pork-uliar choice for his last meal: He’ll dine on pickled pig knuckles and pigtails before being executed by electric chair.

Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski, 63, is set to devour his meal on Thursday before his scheduled execution, the Tennessean reports.

He was sentenced to death in 1984 for a drug deal turned deadly during which he killed two men. Zagorski is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. in Nashville's Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

But with just hours left before his execution, Zagorski has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a stop to it.

On Thursday, Zagorski requested the court to take up his claim that it's unconstitutional to force him to choose between the electric chair and lethal injection. Zagorski chose the chair because he thinks it will be quicker, but he maintains that both methods are barbaric.

If it goes ahead as scheduled, Zagorski will be only the second person put to death by electrocution in Tennessee since 1960. Daryl Holton chose to die in the chair in 2007.

The last person to be executed by electrocution in the U.S. was Robert Gleason, who was put to death in Virginia in 2013.

Death row inmates are allowed $20 for a special meal before they're executed. In August, death row inmate Billy Ray Irick chose a combo that included a super deluxe burger, onion rings and a Pepsi.

Zagorski was originally scheduled to be executed Oct. 11, but that got delayed due to legal challenges and a last minute reprieve.

At that time, Zagorski chose to forgo having a final meal and instead eat what the rest of the inmates would eat for dinner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[Photo Credit: Associated Press]

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