Search For Posts

December 4, 2014


I’ve camped on the Inca Trail and has some anxious moments but nothing quite like this. In 1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared during an expedition in the Asmat region of southwestern New Guinea. On November 17, 1961, Rockefeller and a Dutch anthropologist named RenĂ© Wassing were on a double pontoon boat that overturned. After drifting for some time, Rockefeller told Wassing he was going to try to swim to shore. The boat was thought to be about 12 miles from shore. This supports the theory that he died from exposure, exhaustion, and/or drowning. Wassing was rescued the next day, while Rockefeller was never seen again, despite an intensive and lengthy search. Most believe that Rockefeller either drowned or was attacked by a shark or saltwater crocodile. However, it is also true that headhunting and cannibalism were still present in some areas of Asmat during that time and some have speculated that Rockefeller was killed and eaten by local people. If I had Rockefeller’s money, one of the last places you would find me is in some dangerous jungle area, yet other affluent souls have also perished or disappeared doing some dangerous activities.