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Unmasking the 'Man In The Rockefeller Suit'

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Photographs of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, also known as Clark Rockefeller, are seen on display during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 at a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Boston. The FBI said Friday that it pulled fingerprints off decades-old immigration papers to identify the kidnapping suspect who calls himself Clark Rockefeller as a German man who came to the U.S. as a youth and later adopted several aliases. Lisa Poole

The murder trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter gets underway in a Los Angeles courtroom today.

If the name doesn't ring a bell, perhaps you know him by his most notorious alias: Clark Rockefeller.

Gerhartsreiter is a German con-man who masqueraded as a member of the wealthy Rockefeller clan; It was just one of many identities he's assumed. He was unmasked in 2008 when he was arrested for kidnapping his seven-year-old daughter and leading police on an international manhunt.

Gerhartsreiter now faces murder charges in the 1985 death of a San Marino man, a cold case that had puzzled authorities for over a decade. Writer Mark Seal tells the story of Christian Gerhartsreiter in his book , "The Man in the Rockefeller Suit." 


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