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Killer Biros orders special meal as execution looms



Published: Mon, December 7, 2009 @ 12:00 p.m.

COLUMBUS — Kenneth Biros was resting on the bed, eyes closed, in his cell at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at midday, less than 24 hours before his scheduled execution Tuesday.

The convicted killer ordered a special meal, to be served late this afternoon, that includes cheese pizza with extra cheese, onions, mushrooms and green peppers; onion rings; fried mushrooms; and tortilla chips with French onion dip.

Additionally, he requested blueberry ice cream, cherry pie, Dr. Pepper soft drink and ketchup.

Witnesses slated to watch Biros' execution Tuesday include Mary Jane Heiss (mother of murder victim Tami Engstrom); Tom Heiss (brother of the victim); and Debi Heiss (sister of the victim). Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere will serve as a law enforcement witness.

Biros' witnesses include attorney John Parker and friends/ministers of record Eric Weinberg and Bradley Butters.

Six media outlets will have representatives in the witness room, as well.

For details, read Tuesday's Vindicator or watch Vindy.com.


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1JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I've never understood the option of a "final meal" of ones choice when facing execution.

That is all.

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2Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Wish he chokes on the tortilla chips.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_meal

In pre-modern Europe, granting the condemned a last meal has roots in superstition: a meal was a highly symbolic social act. Accepting freely offered food symbolized making peace with the host. The guest agreed tacitly to take an oath of truce and symbolically abjured all vengeance. Consequentially, in accepting the last meal the condemned was believed to forgive the executioner, the judge, and witnesses.

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4CCADTI(80 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Altiere should be checked into the facility. There's an upstanding honest politician.

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5Ytownnative(1035 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Didnt he have a last meal the last time ?

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6NilesOhio(719 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

It never ceases to amaze me as to the lengths the "justice system" goes through to pamper these convicted murderers. Oooh, we can't do that because it *might* cause them some discomfort while we kill them.

What ever happened to the days of a rope & horse, the electric chair, rifles, Roman torture stake or even the old-school community stoning? An unnamed church seemed to prefer the method of burning innocent people at a stake.

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7ValleyGirl1980(1 comment)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

As all the other articles I have read on this - I am sure there will be many comments. Just wanted to say that my prayers are with everyone - this is obviously a highly emotive situation. I pray for all the families involved. That includes Biros' family. I am sure the guilt and cloud of living with the legacy is not taken lightly. I, obviously, pray that Tami's family finds peace somehow from this. It is a shame because when Wednesday rolls around they still will be without Tami, and I am not sure that execution will fill that hole. However, I am sure that if someone killed my child I would feel the same rage and anger that they do and want to see "justice" to the killer. All in all after following the story for quite some time I have tried to look at all sides and the only thing I can come up with is this is a tragedy. There is no true peace in this situation. God be with them all.

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8ts1227(137 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

There was an article on here or the Dispatch the other day, where they talked about last meals. They said that all of the food requested is available in the prison kitchen anyway... the only difference is they pick what they want instead of eating what's on the menu. It's not like they're running to a 5 star restuarant and picking up $500 in Filet Mignon here.

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9JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Right on. Thanks for the clarification.

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10Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Wish Tami could've requested her last meal.

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11janeyblue(227 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

An idea for his last meal...hot horse poo forced into every oriface until he explodes...
And Niles you are right on...public stoning would be wonderful!

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12dturner256(29 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

those, who can,t forgive someone for their sins, will not be forgivin in heaven.

holy bible

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13Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh, I can forgive the monster after he's dead and gone from this planet and in hell....because it won't matter then, just get the animal off the planet.

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14NilesOhio(719 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

dturner256 - I suppose you haven't ever read Leviticus 24:17, or practically the entire chapter of Leviticus 20.

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