The disappearance of the young billionaire

Secluded beaches, fabulous forests, mysterious islands … It is here, on the coast of New Guinea, over 50 years ago disappeared Michael Rockefeller, heir to his father, billionaire. What happened to him in the wildest jungles in the world? If he did not get ambushed by the natives, cannibals, lurking among the trees?

 

Fatal Bay


For the young rich man expedition was not only an adventure, but an escape from civilization

Michael Rockefeller disappeared day in November 1961 during anthropological expedition into the wilds of New Guinea. According to reports, he landed on the Bay Destiny Bay. The young man, a graduate of Harvard University in Cambridge, a suburb of Boston (USA), the future heir to his father, the billionaire owner of the American business empire, wanted to show their abilities and get rid of the "golden burden" sort of the Rockefellers. After graduation, he was overcome by a desire to do something risky, extreme.

It should be made clear that such a desire for Michael had a very real reason. At the time of the Rockefeller family are mentioned in all the media — the parents were in a stage of very loud, scandalous divorce. And Michael, the future heir to his father's share of the vast state, the expedition to New Guinea was not only an adventure. She was also an escape from the oppressive atmosphere of family discord.

However, according to one version, near the southern coast of the island was captured natives, and then Michael Rockefeller disappeared. Father Michael Nelson Rockefeller did everything possible to find and save his son. He organized a search, on an unprecedented scale (they even had a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is involved). More than 5,000 natives, moving on their boats, combed vast stretches along the coast. But it was all to no avail.
According to the officially announced version, Michael disappeared into the sea. But in the late 1960s, rumors, though he made it to shore and was killed by hired detectives — fishers of criminals, or even some stranger. It is also said that he lived among the natives of previously unknown tribe.

Attempts to find out the truth continues

On another expedition that went to New Guinea to clarify the fate of Michael Rockefeller, described in the December issue of Ideas and Discoveries (I & D) for the year 2012. According to the participants of the expedition, for the past half-century on the island has changed little. They traveled to the most inaccessible areas of the south of the western half of New Guinea, getting the most unexplored jungle and attempts to penetrate the mystery of the disappearance of Michael.
However, their first discovery of the wreckage were American bomber crashed in the woods 70 years ago. According to one of the local residents, the last stronghold of the Japanese defense continued here "lead" the second world war … until 1960. In those places Michael Rockefeller was last seen, somewhere, and the key to his disappearance.

Evidence, rumors, version

Nelson Rockefeller was doing everything possible to find and save his son
Nelson Rockefeller was doing everything possible to find and save his son

These days, the mere mention of the name Rockefeller creates the inhabitants of the island of rumors and speculation. Several Australians, bar patrons at a local resort, hearing different versions of the fate of young billionaire laughed. According to them, Michael, this rich kid, just a very large out of luck: he was the victim of a crocodile or a shark. However, the older generation of New Guinea in this version does not believe. — We are constantly working at sea, — said one of the old men — and our kids all day long splashing in the water.
However, neither one of us has no crocodiles or sharks do not attack.
These people believe that Michael made it safely to shore. After his two local guides were unharmed. Rather, the real danger lurking on land it already. — We are at war over land, pigs and women — said Gilbert, a local resident. When asked about the likelihood of nasty speculation that Michael captured warriors of the tribe of cannibals and ate in the bloody rituals, as well as whether or not there is among natives of New Guinea cannibals, Gilbert replied:

— If someone steals your pigs, hurting your family or your tribe, your duty — to avenge him.
— So, — continued their "interrogation" members of the expedition — the winners can actually eat the defeated enemy?
— Yes, — answered the other person — such a ritual exists. It serves to ensure that the strength and power of your enemies turned to you and, therefore, their spirits would not pursue you. But to kill the stranger no reason.

He has gone on purpose?

The indigenous people of New Guinea
Nelson Rockefeller was doing everything possible to find and save his son

These days, the mere mention of the name Rockefeller creates the inhabitants of the island of rumors and speculation. Several Australians, bar patrons at a local resort, hearing different versions of the fate of young billionaire laughed. According to them, Michael, this rich kid, just a very large out of luck: he was the victim of a crocodile or a shark. However, the older generation of New Guinea in this version does not believe. — We are constantly working at sea, — said one of the old men — and our kids all day long splashing in the water.
However, neither one of us has no crocodiles or sharks do not attack.
These people believe that Michael made it safely to shore. After his two local guides were unharmed. Rather, the real danger lurking on land it already. — We are at war over land, pigs and women — said Gilbert, a local resident. When asked about the likelihood of nasty speculation that Michael captured warriors of the tribe of cannibals and ate in the bloody rituals, as well as whether or not there is among natives of New Guinea cannibals, Gilbert replied:

— If someone steals your pigs, hurting your family or your tribe, your duty — to avenge him.
— So, — continued their "interrogation" members of the expedition — the winners can actually eat the defeated enemy?
— Yes, — answered the other person — such a ritual exists. It serves to ensure that the strength and power of your enemies turned to you and, therefore, their spirits would not pursue you. But to kill the stranger no reason.

He has gone on purpose?

The indigenous people of New Guinea
The indigenous people of New Guinea

Many locals believe that Michael learned for themselves benefit from the situation and used it to start a new life.

— New Guinea — the perfect place to disappear, — says Simon Tyuson administrator resort for diving. — See, for example, to the territory of the Cape Nelson. One of its features is that there is absolutely no roads. The only way to get there — it's way through the scrub plain. Or will have to take a long sea voyage in a boat along the coast.
In the south of the island of New Guinea there is no electricity, which means that there is no television, internet and even a radio.
What is here in abundance, so this time — for him to discover a lovely new country, is enough. The water in the sea is crystal clear, and you can swim in it endlessly over the most beautiful in the world of purple-pink coral thickets.
Perhaps, as the most plausible solution to the mystery disappearance of Michael Rockefeller can accept the version that he decided on a desperate attempt to break out of that life, which was in a state of constant tension. Perhaps the young billionaire wanted to be as far away from civilization. To disappear forever.

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