Convicted killer says he’s too fat to be executed

Ronald Post, who may or may not be wearing makeup. (AP)

Ronald Post, who may or may not be wearing makeup. (AP)

A convicted killer who became “morbidly obese” in prison says he’s now too fat to be executed.

Ronald Post, who pleaded guilty in 1985 to killing a hotel clerk in Ohio, now weighs almost 500 pounds. He is scheduled to be executed in January, but has filed papers in federal court arguing his death by lethal injection would create severe problems for executioners.

First of all, his thick layer of fat would make it difficult of doctors to find a vein. Ohio executes inmates with a single dose of pentobarbital, usually injected through the arms.

And then there’s the matter of the flimsy metal gurneys. Post thinks his immense girth would break those.

“Indeed, 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,” the federal filing said.

Post, 53, has tried to lose weight. His request for gastric bypass surgery was denied. He’s been encouraged not to walk because he’s at risk for falling, and severe depression has contributed to his inability to limit how much he eats, his filing said.

While at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Post “used that prison’s exercise bike until it broke under his weight,” according to the filing. He now uses a wheelchair.

Post killed Slumber Inn hotel clerk Helen Grace Vantz Dec. 15, 1983, in Elyria, Ohio. He shot the 53-year-old woman in the back of the head twice and escaped with $100 and a 13-inch black and white TV set.

Vantz’s son, William, laughed Monday when he heard about Post’s request, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Then he became serious.

“I don’t care if they have to wheel him in on a tractor-trailer; 30 years is too long,” William Vantz said.

139 comments Add your comment

Mona

September 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

Why not try putting him on a diet…..a starvation diet. Wire his mouth shut until he loses enough weight.
This would NOT be cruel and unusual punishment for the crime he committed.

On another note….FRY his ass. It would sizzle for days.
It’s sad he IS wearing makeup. It looks like he is trying to be a pretty boy. Hopefully somebody’s “beach”.
The man needs to die with or without makeup. He needed to be executed immediately after he committed the crime.
He is using food and weight as an excuse. Execute him…he has NO right to even think he should live another day.

ShootHimInTheBackOfTheHEADTwice

September 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

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E. Schubert

September 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

Let’s place a port in his body, one which will access a really large, good artery, so that he can die quickly. Too bad he didn’t do that for his victim.

Neil

September 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

And why is we are supposed to be concerned that execution with his unique fatness may cause physical or psychological pain?

E. Schubert

September 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

Also, he sounds manipulative like most of the men and women in prison for major crimes.

Nate

September 18th, 2012
12:02 pm

I say just shoot him twice just like he did his victim. Then it would be justice!

Shoot Him in the Back of the Head Twice...no 3 times.

September 18th, 2012
12:04 pm

ShootHimInTheBackOfTheHEADTwice
AMEN to that.
Let these criminals die they way the killed their victims.

Let the victims family have some input…..like pulling the switch.
What ever happened to the gas chamber?

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Ben

September 18th, 2012
12:05 pm

Give him the same execution he gave his victim… he felt it was okay for her then it should be okay for him.

George

September 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

I think they should starve him instead.

James Rule

September 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

Send Fatty out to Phoenix to spend some time with Sherrif Joe at Tent City. Problem solved.

Travis

September 18th, 2012
12:07 pm

’shot in the back of the head twice’ should do the trick.

Hiten

September 18th, 2012
12:07 pm

Too fat to be executed? How about we wrap a chain around his waist, hook the chain to a forklift, drag his fat ass outside and throw a hunk of lead through his skull… problem solved.

Dan Richardson

September 18th, 2012
12:07 pm

what about other forms of execution such as firing squad, decapitation, or even gas chamber. This convicted murder and sentence to execution should not be allowed to have more time on this earth because of a personal choice of his.

old geezer

September 18th, 2012
12:08 pm

They make gurneys capable of handling those with added lardassery so that excuse will not work. How does one get that fat in prison, clearly the food is more palatable than punishing.

James Rule

September 18th, 2012
12:09 pm

Better yet, put a Honey Badger in his cell with him. Honey Badger don’t care.

Andy

September 18th, 2012
12:09 pm

Well… shoot him.

Jason

September 18th, 2012
12:10 pm

A nice hanging would decapitate him. Try that. It is not cruel and unusual, it’s just physics. How short does the rope need to be before he is decapitated. Make it a little longer.

Kori

September 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

I’m pretty sure there are a few lions in zoos that would enjoy him very much. Save the zoo some money for a day or two of feeding the lions. Problem solved. Plus it would be great entertainment.

Annonymous

September 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

Well if he’s to fat to be humanely executed. Do what they do to butcher a cow. Use the air gun to the back of the head.

vickie

September 18th, 2012
12:12 pm

well i think they should gas him if he is to big for lethal injection at least he would die for his crime being alive is to good for him people who murder for money doesnt deserve to live around any people even if they are in jail and he probaby don’t have any remorse for what he did to her and her family. h neds to know he can’t get away with what he did if he lives then he thinks he’s gotten away with killing her and f i was his family i would be very upset if he got to live for what he did.

Matthew

September 18th, 2012
12:12 pm

Why not send him to Afghanistan to protect our FOB’s? He could do a bang up job of deflecting shrapnel from an IED, or suicide bomber. Like a giant wall of felon.

John

September 18th, 2012
12:13 pm

I think this guy should worry less about the challenges of the penal system and more about answering to the big man upstairs when he arrives.

Renee

September 18th, 2012
12:14 pm

Why did it take almost 30 years for this monster to get what should be coming to him. In other countries it only takes 24 hrs.

AnnaBanana

September 18th, 2012
12:14 pm

I am willing to bet he gained all that weight on purpose for this exact reason. Prisoners have to be found in good health to be able to be executed. I don’t give a rat’s patootie how fat he is, he should be put to death. There are provisional tactics they can use to still get the job done no matter how big he is. Unfortunately, Cruel & Unusual Punishment can be used in a wide variety of ways and this iis just another one. There are prisoners all over the country, filing lawsuits under that reason, simply because they got crunchy peanut butter and wanted creamy, or they didn’t get dessert. Everyone should do the research in their state to see how much money is being spent on these wasted, fraudulent claims.

CharlesKayeMBA

September 18th, 2012
12:16 pm

A round from a .357 would definitely penetrate his fat head.

LUPE G

September 18th, 2012
12:16 pm

WHAT A DISGUSTING SLOB!!

Marik

September 18th, 2012
12:23 pm

Why exactly is he being executed. The whole kill a killer is circular logic that has done nothing to lower the crime rate in this country. People like this should be forced to do disaster cleanup with electronic location tracking devices and electroshock devices designed to keep them “domestic”. What a waste. Murder is murder whether the state does it or not. And for the person who posted the comment about the man upstairs………….THERE IS NO APE UPSTAIRS…K…IF THEIR WAS AND HE LET PEOPLE LIKE THIS COMMIT THE CRIMES THEY DO HE IS COMPLETELY INCOMPETENT, MASOCHISTIC AND DESERVES NOTHING BUT OUR BACKSIDES IN HIS HOUSE OF WARSHIP!

chuck

September 18th, 2012
12:24 pm

How in the heck can this guy just eat whatever he wants all day? To gain that kind of weight and sustain it your caloric intake has to be incredible. What is this prisons problem?

Nikos

September 18th, 2012
12:24 pm

Smart move. If he succeeds, he can stay there for life and splurge on loaded platters for free until death do him apart! And he won’t have to ask for a check. The taxpayers pay for!

Brian

September 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

I see many cases where the victims fail to receive the level of justice provided to the criminals. In the end, the punishment does not fit the crime. Most important, we should not be worried about the pain inflicted on the criminal. There us nothing inhumane about using a needle to puncture through the thick layer of skin or worrying if the gurney will buckle due to severe obesity. Gastric bypass surgery, are you kidding me!! If slow roasting him on a rotisserie does not burn the fat, I say shoot him in back of the head twice just like he did to the hotel clerk!

Rob

September 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

Mona, you sound like such a compassionate human being.

Zed

September 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

How does one become morbidly obese in prison? Do they really feed them that well?

sean

September 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

Nice try. Morbidly obese people have nurses stick needles in their arms every day at hospitals around the world. I’m sure the executioners can figure a way around this problem.

ViZZy

September 18th, 2012
12:36 pm

This man is a genius.

YoMomma

September 18th, 2012
12:40 pm

This is why we need to go back to just using the firing squad. No amount of fat in the world will stop a .308-caliber bullet.

strtcrnr

September 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

Ummm Smells like Bacon.. Fry the fat murderous sack of crap..

Angela

September 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

Damn killed over 100 bucks and a crapy tv.

Sam

September 18th, 2012
12:42 pm

Hook him up to a resuscitatipn mask with only nitrous oxide flowing. Easy, painless and he’ll just suffocate, possibly too humanely….

J

September 18th, 2012
12:44 pm

Really? Too fat? Maybe he shouldn’t be allowed to eat so much. He is in prison how can they not control what he’s eating. He murdered a women and now gets to sit in jail and get fat? Kids are starving all over our country but the fat worthless criminals get to sit in jail and eat until they start breaking equipment…sounds like we need to have a budget cut on inmate food…

Torin

September 18th, 2012
12:46 pm

One bullet is all you should need, right into the temple. Prisoner executed.

bachcole

September 18th, 2012
12:47 pm

Not a problem. He just has to fast on only water until he is light enough to be executed.

dawn b

September 18th, 2012
12:58 pm

I totally agree with everyone. We should not be concerned about his weight. He probably did it on purpose. Poison his food. Thatll get him. The makeup is just sad. No extensions,no nothing. Why should we have to pay for him to live in prison till he dies naturally. His victim and family didn’t get to live till their natural death. Kill kill kill him and let him suffer.from thr looks of him hes been living high on the hog for way too long anyway.

FredZilch

September 18th, 2012
1:08 pm

Just when I thought I’ve heard it all ….

OneAfter909

September 18th, 2012
1:09 pm

Well, just don’t feed him for six months before you hook him up.

I am sure he will be slimmed down by then.

Anita

September 18th, 2012
1:12 pm

Send his fat A$$ to Afganistan and let them execute him. I guarantee it will work.

SheTookMyOneGoodDog

September 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

Why do they need a vein in his arm? Can’t they use one in his hand?

bereasonable

September 18th, 2012
1:18 pm

Justice and vengence mean two different things people…. Keep him in proson until he dies of natural causes…. We have no right over anyones life. Good or bad…. Further more, his death will heal no wounds and leave our hands stained with blood, making us no different from them that are murderous.

Mike

September 18th, 2012
1:18 pm

Throw him into a lion den. End of story.

jeff

September 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

He’s in a wheelchair, push his Fat Killing Ass either off the roof or into oncoming traffic.
Even better push him over board 50 miles from shore and let him get some exercise before
you Chum the water……..

Debbie Mc

September 18th, 2012
1:25 pm

Fry his fat ass!!!!!!