Veteran journalist Carl Hoffman believes he’s solved one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. In 1961 at the age of 23, Michael Rockefeller – son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and a member of one of the richest and most powerful families in America ¬– travelled to remote New Guinea in search of primitive art for his father’s new museum.
Obese Inmate Spared From Execution Dies In Ohio
An obese Ohio inmate whose weight became an issue in his death penalty case has died months after being granted clemency.
A state prisons spokeswoman says 53-year-old Ronald Post died Thursday at a prison hospital where he’d been treated on and off since 2011.
Post was sentenced to death for killing Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz on Dec. 15, 1983. His attorneys sought mercy for Post on grounds that he could not be executed humanely because he weighed 450 pounds.
The governor granted Post clemency in December citing poor legal representation, not his weight.
Spokeswoman Ricky Seyfang says the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction classified the death as “expected.” She says privacy laws prevented her from divulging whether Post’s weight was a factor in his death.