400-lb deathrow inmate too fat for execution

American society has reached a point in our history in which government has lost common sense.

A 400-lb. morbidly obese death-row inmate in Ohio is deemed too fat to be executed.

Concerns: Ronald Post, 53, does not have accessible veins in his arms, hands or legs because he is so obese, a doctor said

Ronald Post (Good grief, is he wearing lipstick?)

Cora Van Olson reports for Crime Library that 53-year-old Ronald Post, sentenced to death for killing Helen Vantz by gunshot in 1983, is scheduled to be executed January 16, 2013.

But in a court filing, Ohio State medical center anesthesiologist Sergio Bergese said Post is “too fat” to receive lethal injection in his veins. The killer is so obese, he does not have accessible veins in his arms, hands or legs for the insertion of an IV to administer the lethal dosage. Post also has scars on his left and right forearms from a suicide attempt that make his veins inaccessible for an IV, Bergese added.

Post says his depression and scar tissue would also make it difficult for his executioners to administer a lethal injection. He now wants a federal judge to stop his execution on the grounds his weight could cause him to suffer severe pain during the procedure.

Post’s attorney argues that, “given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death.”

Post had received the death penalty in 1985 for murdering 53-year-old Helen Vantz on Dec. 15, 1983. Vantz was the desk clerk at the Slumber Inn hotel in Elyria, Ohio. Post shot Vantz twice in the back of the head and stole various items, including a bank deposit bag of money and the victim’s purse.

Bill Vantz, the son of Helen, calls Post’s arguments “laughable”.

In 2009, after two hours and 18 punctures, Romell Broom was allowed to have his execution postponed. Broom is currently incarcerated in Ohio’s Chillicothe Correctional Institution.

In 1994 Washington State death row inmate Mitchell Rupe convinced a court that at over 400 pounds, he was too heavy to be executed by hanging, the only method of execution available in that state at the time, saying that the noose would wind up decapitating him. The courts eventually allowed Rupe to live out his life behind prison walls where he died in 2006.

H/t Daily Mail.

~Eowyn

24 responses to “400-lb deathrow inmate too fat for execution

  1. Wow that murder occurred the day I was born! Literally, not one of my subsequent birthdays but THE day! I heard about this a months ago but didn’t know the day.

  2. How much did this guy weigh when he first entered the prison. I bet it was not 400 lbs. they must be feeding them well, on taxpayers dime.
    I also think they need to use a firing squad with elephant guns.

  3. Shoot the Bast*rd. Why should anyone care of his discomfort. Think of the families he destroyed and their pain. What a joke! He’s lived over 30 years feeding his fat ass while the families suffer the loss of a loved-one. What a legacy!

  4. If he and others get a pass on this, then death row will eventually become “porkers” row.

  5. put a 9 mil. thru his brain stem. he’ll never feel it, and save tax payers a bunch of money.

  6. Just wrap him in bloody dead chickens, fly him to Florida, and drop him in a pond full of gators.

    Seems simple enough to me.

    -Dave

  7. If we are going to have a “death penalty”, why not “do unto others as they do unto you?”

    How about two bullets in the back of the head like he did to, Helen Vantz?

    The “death penalty” doesn’t “say” much for our “society!” Does it now? Nope! Therefore…these people should simply be “removed” from society entirely…be put in prison, on “minimum daily requirement” of food and water…till they die! period! NO CHANCE OF PAROLE…EVER!

    end of story.

  8. This is why you eat Mcdonald’s, kids…it can save your life one day

  9. Aside from the chance of killing an innocent person [it's FAR more common than people realise], if we were certain that this person has been well & truly convicted and is guilty, then I suggest the following:
    1. the guillotine, or
    2. the long axe for beheading.
    I dislike the death penalty because while it makes us feel good for a moment, there is too likely a chance of executing an innocent or someone who was unable to afford an adequate defense [$250,000 is typical].

    Having said that, you should know that I was instrumental in locating the serial killer of two boys near Vancouver, WA in1989-90. The killer was found after I gave the police several VERY specific clues given to me in dreams. He was found within 36 hours, confessed and asked to be killed, or he would kill again. Done deal.

    PS: This is the first time I’ve revealed this in public, and prefer that interested people consult the newspapers of the day, rather than myself. Thanks.

  10. Send him to Fl to Ole Smoky it doesn’t care how FAT the BASTARD is

  11. Lethal injection not possible? How so? What about the jugular vein? Femoral artery? Guillotine? two or three ounces of a vascular constrictor in his drink? firing squad? Gas chamber? Or, Lord forbid, they force him to run 2 miles tied behind a 2 ton truck! What a touchy-feely society when concessions are granted to the convicted and sentenced murderous obese.

  12. .45ACP 230gr. JHP double tap to the back of the head.
    So simple even I could do it.

  13. Bill Martikainen

    I will supply the bullets.The only thing I got is 12ga and a box of slugs.

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