Gary Bowles, from Florida, is due to be executed tonight after he admitted to killing six gay men in 1994 following the breakup of his relationship
A serial killer who is due to be executed in Florida tonight requested a calorie-laden fast food dinner as his last meal.
Gary Bowles opted to eat cheeseburgers, french fries and bacon before he was due to be killed by lethal injection, it was reported.
He will be killed at 6pm local time at the state’s death chamber in Raiford, Florida.
He also did not have family or spiritual advisors with him before the scheduled execution.
Bowles admitted to killing six men in 1994 from Florida to Maryland but was only tried, convicted and sentenced to death for just one – that of Walter Hinton, who was killed in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
He met his victims in bars and clubs and each of the men were found with objects shoved down their throats.
These included a sex toy, toilet paper and a towel, prosecutors said.
His death sentence was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court, but a new jury sentenced Bowles to death in 1999.
The six murders were carried out in a gruesome eight-month period across Florida, Georgia and Maryland.
The monster will become the the 99th person to be executed in Florida, US, since 1979.
Bernie de la Rionda, the former state prosecutor, said: “Gary Ray Bowles, the murders he committed, it seemed as if he took pleasure or enjoyed the brutality of it. The victims were badly beaten and strangled, and then he would have what we call a signature card. He would stuff something down their mouths.
“People were terrified of what was going on. He was wanted. He was on ‘America’s Most Wanted’ and on the FBI’s top 10.”
Authorities believe Bowles also killed Milton Bradley, 72, in Savannah, Georgia, Alverson Carter Jr., 47, in Atlanta and David Jarman, 38 in Maryland in 1994 in much the same manner as the Florida murders.
He suffered extreme violence at the hands of his stepfathers,” Delgado said.
“When he escaped that violence, he was a victim of homelessness and child prostitution, and we know that through neural scientific research that adverse traumatic experiences do affect future behavior.”
Florida reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
The first execution since this law change didn’t happen until May 1979.But in the 40 years since, public protest over executions has quietened considerably.
Yesterday, Texas executed Larry Swearingen, 48, convicted of the 1998 rape and murder of a college student.
He was convicted of abducting, raping and strangling the 19-year-old, whose body was found in a forest in Texas in January 1999, but he always claimed he was innocent.