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Mark Seal on 'The Man in the Rockefeller Suit'

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Mark Seal's "The Man in the Rockefeller Suit"

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Three years ago a man named Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter and led the FBI on an international manhunt. He was found a week later in Baltimore and his daughter safely returned to her mom. It turned out Clark Rockefeller wasn't a Rockefeller at all. No one including his ex-wife knew who he was.

Well, investigators figured out that Clark Rockefeller was actually a German-born man named Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. And ever since he moved to the United States 30 years previously at the age of 17, he had assumed various identities in an elaborate fraud to gain access to the most exclusive towns in America.

Now Gerhartsreiter is accused of murder here in Southern California. Writer Mark Seal has written a riveting book about him called The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.