Family of Obese Inmate’s Victim Seeks Justice
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Michael Vantz of Lakewood has little sympathy for his mother’s killer, who recently claimed that he’s too obese to be executed.
“It is a desperate, desperate attempt by the murderer, Ronald Post, to even further delay his execution, which was scheduled just last year. He’s been on Death Row since 1985,” said Vantz.
Ronald Post was to be executed in January for the murder of Helen Vantz back in 1983.
Vantz was working at the Slumber Inn in Elyria when Post shot her in the head.
Recently, Post asked that his execution be delayed, stating his weight could lead to a torturous death during the lethal injection.
“It’s just under four months at this point and we are looking forward to some closure with this. So, it’s understandable, but outlandish,” added Vantz.
For the Vantz family, it’s an emotional rollercoaster ride.
There are grandchildren who never got to meet their grandmother and siblings who didn’t live long enough to see justice served.
“Life doesn’t stop. But it’s the times. It’s anniversaries, it’s birthdays, even mother’s birthday,” said Vantz.
They say they’ve waited 30 long years for Post’s execution and they won’t accept another delay.
“We thought they exhausted all the appeals. Now, it’s back to light again and these wounds have been reopened. Not that they’ve ever been sealed. But we are looking for closure once execution has been made,” said Vantz.
According to Rachel Troutman, Post’s attorney, it could take 16 hours and over 200 needles for Post to die.
Ohio’s statue requires a quick and painless lethal injection.
*Read more about the inmate’s story here*