Speaking of a person who would have the physical ability to heave Goldman's corpse from the edge of the walk to the place in the alcove (about a yard away) where it was found, you say, "He would have to be closer to eight feet [tall]..."

    That is factually untrue, John. Among world class weight lifters, a height near six feet is fairly common. Accomplishments in competition range up to 165 kg (364 pounds) in the "Snatch" maneuver, and 210 kg (463 pounds) in the "Clean and Jerk". Although these are world class achievements, I believe that amateurs in top condition can do 80% of these figures. I realize that these techniques are to lift and move the mass over a short distance, not to toss it. However, these figures are also far in excess of Goldman's weight (with clothes) of about 175 pounds.

    When I was working at Bendix, I knew a young engineer -- a chap in his late twenties who was beefy, but not over six feet tall -- who was an amateur weight lifter. I recall that he said that his personal best was something over 300 pounds, but I don't remember what maneuver that was in. (He also described a time when he was in a local competition, and with alarm heard a "pop" as he lifted. He had broken his own bone.) He was not remarkable to look at, and certainly was not a giant. He knew of many others who were as strong as, or stronger than himself. I have no doubt that any of them could have handled Goldman's corpse, and without straining. (When I was a young man myself, I could scoop up a 120 pound girl and toss her on a bed. I was not an athlete, and didn't think the accomplishment was anything special.)

    Maybe you should get out more, John.

--dick wagner

ps: Don't make me go over to a weightlifter NG and bring back some of the guys to straighten you out on this, John. <G>

                            NG_688x (12/27/00)

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