Mitchell Rupe, the man who was too fat to hang, died three days ago at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla after a lingering liver condition. He was 52. Convicted of shooting two female tellers to death during a bank robbery in 1981, he was sentenced to death twice and twice had the sentence overturned. In prison, he ate 6,000 calories a day, which eventually resulted in his swelling up to 400 pounds. At a third death-penalty hearing in 1994, a federal judge upheld his sentence, but Rupe was deemed too obese to be hanged due to the concern that his weight on the rope would snap his head off. When he died, Rupe weighed under 270.