Originally Posted by Dude111
Maybe those who refused thier last meal are the ones that feel guilty and sad about what they have done... Good theory?
Nobody knows where the 'last meal' originally comes from. Some believe it's a peace offering and acceptance of the last meal from the inmate is them giving their forgiveness, to the executioner, the judge, etc. Perhaps it makes those that have contributed in the death of the condemned feel a little better about sentencing someone to death.
So maybe those who refused their last meal weren't forgiving for what was about to happen to them. Some inmates not only refuse their 'last meal' but refuse to eat anything in the last day or two before their sentence.
Or perhaps a hearty decent meal wasn't on their mind the day before execution. I'm not sure I'd feel like eating a good meal if I knew I was about to be killed. It's a weird thing to have to anticipate and also something I'll never understand. Hopefully!