Victor Harry Feguer made his name as the last person to be executed in America before it was banned as a sentence until 1976.
He remains the last person to be put to death in Iowa after he was found guilty of killing a doctor, possibly in the fruitless pursuit of drugs.
He took Dr Edward Bartels hostage then shot him in the head and was caught a few days later trying to offload Bartel’s car.
Feguer was sentenced to death by hanging and for this he got two suits – one for the execution and one for his burial.
The day of reckoning loomed and on his last night he put in a highly unusual request. As you probably are aware, death row inmates always get to choose their last meal – but all he asked for was an olive with the pit left in.
Unfortunately for trivia fans of “the savoury grape”, records do not reflect if it was a green, or a black olive, but after his execution he was buried in his second new suit – and strangely one of the pockets contained the pit from the olive.
…unfortunately for trivia fans of “the material flap”, records do not reflect which pocket it was.