Michael Rockefeller, 23 year old son of Nelson Rockefeller. It took decades and extensive research in the Netherlands as well as the remote island in southwest New Guinea and meeting with the Asmat tribesmen for the full story and cover-up to emerge.
November 17, 1961 – Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, disappears in the jungles of New Guinea. This photo of Michael Rockefeller among the Dani, 1961, was shot by Jan Broekhuijse, an anthropologist with the Harvard-Peabody New Guinea Expedition.
In the new book, “Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art,” veteran journalist Carl Hoffman unveils significant evidence that 23-year-old Michael Rockefeller died at the hands of headhunters, and not at sea, late in 1961.