Rhoades' Last Meal

BOISE, November 17, 2011 - Below please find answers to some of the questions the Department of Correction has received regarding the pending execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades, IDOC #26864.

Q: What did Mr. Rhoades choose for his last meal?

A: He will be served the same meal that is offered to all other Idaho Maximum Security inmates tonight. The meal will consist of hot dogs, sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, baked beans, veggie sticks, ranch dressing, fruit with gelatin and strawberry ice cream cups. It will be offered to him by 7 p.m. Mr. Rhoades will also be offered a light snack of cheese and crackers no later than 3 a.m.

Q: Will he be receiving visitors?

A: His family members can visit till 8:30 p.m. Per IDOC policy, he will be allowed to make phone calls until 9 p.m. Mr. Rhoades’ attorney, Oliver Loewy, and his spiritual adviser will be with him till 6 a.m. as their schedules allow and as Mr. Rhoades wishes.

Q: Who is the spiritual advisor?

A: That person has asked IDOC to not disclose his identity.

Q: Did other death row inmates give him a card as planned?

A: Yes. It was signed by all but one of the death row inmates at IMSI

Q: What will happen to Rhoades’ body?

A: It will be cremated. The remains will be given to Mr. Rhoades’ attorney.

Q: Will victims’ families be attending the execution?

A: Representatives from all three of the victims’ families will attend. IDOC is not disclosing their identities.

Q: Will Rhoades’ family members be attending the execution?

A: His mother will be attending.

Q: What is his condition?

A: His health is fair.

Q: What is his demeanor?

A: Anxious and lucid.

Q: What has he been doing?

A: In recent days he has been watching television, reading and doing artwork. He has also been talkative while meeting with family members, his attorney and his spiritual advisor, and engaging in conversations with the correctional officers who are monitoring him.


This document details information available as of 4pm on November 17, 2011.

Story published: 11/17/2011
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