Take Two for March 11, 2013

Unmasking the 'Man In The Rockefeller Suit'

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter Clark Rockefeller

Lisa Poole

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.

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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