Thursday, June 08, 2006

Themes, Dreams & Schemes - Jail


occasional commentary on Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour weekly show

In this week's episode - Jail - Dylan, while riffing on famous last meals, mentions that Victor Feguer's meal consisted of a single olive.

Until Timothy McVeigh's execution in 2001, Feguer was the last federal inmate executed in the U.S., on March 30, 1963, for killing a doctor with a gunshot to his head.

Feguer asked for the olive, with the pit still in it, as his last meal, reportedly telling prison authorities that he hoped an olive tree would sprout from his grave as a sign of peace. The pit was placed in the pocket of the second of two new suits - provided by the government for a cost of $67.00 - that Feguer was buried in. Feguer was hanged in the other suit.

No olive tree grows at Feguer's unmarked grave, in a corner of a cemetery at Fort Madison, Iowa.

Sources: Wikipedia; The Smoking Gun; ABOLISH archives

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