Michael Rockefeller

Is your surname Rockefeller?

Research the Rockefeller family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Michael Clark Rockefeller

Birthplace: New York, New York Co, New York, USA
Death: November 19, 1961 (23)
New Guinea, Bocas Del Toro, Panama (Killed and cannibalized by Asmat tribal people from New Guinea)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, 41st Vice President of the USA and Mary Todhunter Rockefeller
Husband of Anita Rockefeller
Brother of Rodman Rockefeller; Private; Steven Clark Rockefeller; Private and David Rockefeller
Half brother of Private and Private

Managed by: Carlos Richard Thomas
Last Updated:
view all 15

Immediate Family

About Michael Rockefeller

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Rockefeller

Michael Clark Rockefeller (born May 18, 1938; presumed to have died November 19, 1961) was the fifth child of New York Governor (later Vice President) Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, and a fourth-generation member of the Rockefeller family. He disappeared during an expedition in the Asmat region of southwestern Netherlands New Guinea. In 2014, Carl Hoffman published a book that went into detail about the inquest into his killing, in which villagers and tribal elders admit to Rockefeller being killed after he swam to shore in 1961.

What are the most famous solved mysteries? The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller

In 1961, Michael Rockefeller, a part of one of the most powerful families on earth, was traveling in Dutch New Guinea filming a documentary.

Then his boat hit a storm. Traveling with him were 3 others: 2 natives and a Dutchman.

The natives quickly jumped off the boat and swam for shore to get help while Michael and the Dutchman waited in the boat

After a few hours of waiting in the boat, Michael decided to attempt to swim to shore. It was a long way, but he was a strong swimmer.

The Dutchman, who decided to stay in the boat, was then saved by a helicopter the next day.

The thing is, Michael Rockefeller was never seen again after he jumped off that boat.

Of course, it would be logical to assume he had drowned, But then where was his body?

Many theories were made about what had happened to him:

Was he being held hostage? Did he decide to fake his death and go live in the jungle? Was it aliens? Unfortunately, no.

Michael Rockefeller was eaten

A few years before, the Dutch government had tried to stop some sort of tribal war between ethnic groups in the area where Michael Rockefeller had disappeared. They tried to do did by sending armed men out there to threaten the tribesmen.

When the tribesmen wouldn’t stand down, the government forces opened fire killing at least 5 villagers.

The villagers were outraged. They believed that if you didn’t avenge someone’s death, their spirit would never live in peace.

But when these white men had come and started killing them with these weapons they had never seen before, they didn’t know what to do.

So when they saw Michael Rockefeller there swimming they thought: finally we can get vengeance. When Michael Rockefeller arrived on shore, they ran a spear through him and dragged him to a nearby bush where they killed him.

Then, they cut off his head so they could cleave his skull and eat his brains.

The rest of Michael Rockefeller's flesh was then cooked and eaten. His blood was drained and used for ritual dances and sex acts where the tribesmen covered themselves in it.

His bones were then distributed among at least 16 people and were used for everything from tools to jewelry.

Truly just horrifying.

Source and further information:

The Story Of The Rockefeller Heir Who Was Likely Eaten By Cannibals

Source: Quora

view all

Michael Rockefeller's Timeline

May 18, 1938
New York, New York Co, New York, USA
November 19, 1961
Age 23
New Guinea, Bocas Del Toro, Panama