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What They Ate Before They Ate It

11/23/2006 2:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ got to thinking about a somewhat macabre culinary aspect to some notorious murder cases. These unusual last repasts made us wonder what we'd like our last meal to be. Let's take a gastronomic look back at some of the odd menu items served up to these unfortunates.

On a warm June evening in 1994, Nicole Simpson enjoyed some rigatoni and wine at Brentwood's now-defunct Italian eatery, Mezzaluna. She then went to Ben and Jerry's for some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream; in a dish, not a cone. A couple of hours later, "the real killer" slit her throat.

Is there something about Italian restaurants or bad actor husbands? Robert Blake's late wife, lonely hearts schemer Bonnie Lee Bakley, had her last meal at Vitello's, a standard-issue Italian restaurant in Studio City, now under new ownership. Blake had a pasta dish named for him (not a big plate of ham), while Bonnie enjoyed the cheese ravioli before her lights got turned out by a shot to the head. Cheesy.

On the balmy Beverly Hills night of August 20, 1989, Kitty and Jose Menendez were watching a video, "The Spy Who Loved Me," and enjoying a dish of blueberries and cream. They thought their two sons were at a movie. They got lunched in their TV room a short while later. The boys, Lyle (38) and Eric (34), will be enjoying prison food for the rest of their lives, without parole, three hours from Beverly Hills. Not berry nice.

Manson Family victim Sharon Tate ate her last meal on August 8, 1969, at the unfortunate choice of El Coyote, a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, known for its cheap margaritas and mediocre fare. They're still in business. Enough of their margaritas -- and you don't even care about the food. There's something nice about a plate of tamales and some margies on a hot summer night. If the food at El Coyote doesn't kill you, something else might.

It was soft-boiled eggs for JFK. According to Gary Mack, Curator of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, President Kennedy's last meal was reported in Jim Bishop's 1969 book, The Day Kennedy Was Shot. Otto Druhe, Executive Chef at the Hotel Texas in downtown Fort Worth prepared "coffee, orange juice, two eggs boiled five minutes, some toast and marmalade on the side." The meal was served in Kennedy's room, number 850. Gary adds, "Later, at a breakfast reception and address, Kennedy apparently had coffee and perhaps some more food, but I do not know what that was. Everyone else on the dais with Kennedy was served a full breakfast, as were those in the room who came to hear him. Kennedy landed at Dallas Love Field airport a little after 11:30 and was scheduled to arrive at the Dallas Trade Mart at 12:30 for a luncheon, which he would have addressed at 1pm." Kennedy's motorcade was fired on at 12:30 CST. Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1 PM.

The next meal you eat could be your last. Enjoy it!

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You guys are so tacky!

2899 days ago


I think this is the all time sleaziest, most distasteful story I've ever seen anywhere on the Web. What have you people been smoking over there at TMZ today? Good God.

2899 days ago

Jules Carlysle    


2899 days ago


WTF is the matter w/you people?????? how fu***** disrespectful even for you TMZ. you people are heartless bastards, and hopefully none of you ever have a family member who "ate it", and find yourself in this situation. SHAME ON YOU!!

2899 days ago


nasty horrible.. now apologize..

2899 days ago

marc antony    

Funny how you complainers knew what this about yet took the time to read it anyway. I guess you are totally against the nude pics in Penthouse magazine too, specifically the pictures on page 23, 25, 31, 38, 56, 71 and 75. Hypocrites!

2899 days ago


I wonder what Jon Benet Ramsey's last meal was?

2899 days ago


Hmmm. Interesting topic to stumble upon.

2899 days ago


Hypocrites indeed, wonder what your las meals will be?

2899 days ago


You guys ROCK!!!!! It's about time you had a story like this :)

You can find alot of stuff like this at as well. Very cool.

2899 days ago


I read your column at work, its good, lighhearted reading and it fills in my lunch hour.

This article is just plain insensitive and completely unnecessary.

2899 days ago


food has never been so tasteless.

2899 days ago


I don't mind this article. And I like El Coyote. I used to eat there all the time.

2899 days ago


it has been said Jon Benet's last meal was Pineapple.

2899 days ago


#8 James: JonBenet's last meal was peaches that she ate with the person who apparently killed her. That came out during the whole Mark Karr thing, and I think it's something the police were trying to keep silent to see if someone mentioned it. Unfortunately, that info leaked out.

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