"Mein Freund Rockefeller" erzählt die phantastische Geschichte des Hochstaplers Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter alias Clark Rockefeller. Am Dienstag, Christian Karl Gerhartsrieder ist ein Phänomen. Als Clark Rockefeller flunkerte er sich quer durch die USA bis in die höchsten Etagen der High. Lange narrte der Mann die bessere Gesellschaft in Amerika. Nun kam heraus, dass Clark Rockefeller in einfachen Verhältnissen in Bayern.
Clark RockefellerChristian Karl Gerhartsrieder ist ein Phänomen. Als Clark Rockefeller flunkerte er sich quer durch die USA bis in die höchsten Etagen der High. Lange narrte der Mann die bessere Gesellschaft in Amerika. Nun kam heraus, dass Clark Rockefeller in einfachen Verhältnissen in Bayern. Die amerikanische Polizei identifiziert "J. Clark Rockefeller" als Deutschen - sein Luxusleben soll seine Frau mitfinanziert haben.
Clarke Rockefeller Clark Rockefeller VideoThe Perfectly Sinister Mr. Rockefeller - Vanity Fair Confidential S02 E05 (True Crime) - Documentary Others point to a statement he made later, that he had been given his new name, Clark Rockefeller, by Harry Copeland, his “godfather,” who died in the late s. A New York businessman. By then, Gerhartsreiter was living in New York and using the name Clark Rockefeller. Two years ago, in , authorities confirmed for the first time the bones belonged to John Sohus, using DNA. Clark Rockefeller Essdras M. Suarez / epa / Corbis Even though year-old German national Christian Gerhartsreiter has lived in the U.S. since the s — without having filed a single tax return and going by a number of aliases — his lawyers are still trying to get the false identity charge against him dropped. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images Christian Gerhartsreiter, who masqueraded as Clark Rockefeller. In , a successful businesswoman named Sandra Boss married a man named Clark Rockefeller. As Rockefeller was proud of boasting, he was a descendant of the famous Rockefeller family. But in spite of his connection to one of the richest families in the world, Clark funded a lavish lifestyle completely on his wife’s income. In , a man by the name of Clark Rockefeller grabbed national headlines for abducting his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh, amid a contentious divorce. “Clark’s face begins showing up on TV, and people back in California were saying, ‘That’s not Clark Rockefeller. That’s [Chichester],’” Girardot said.
He even managed to convince a local TV station to give him a public access show. In , Jonathon and Linda suddenly disappeared.
According to Gerhartsreiter, they had been called away on urgent business to Europe. Soon, Gerhartsreiter left as well. And he was now calling himself Christopher Crowe.
In Connecticut, Christian Gerhartsreiter talked his way into a position as an executive at a brokerage firm. But he was fired after the company discovered the social security number he gave them actually belonged to convicted serial killer David Berkowitz.
He managed to secure two other highly paid jobs before the discovery of a corpse thought to be Sohus in California led to police to begin looking for Christopher Crowe in connection with the murders.
Using this identity, Gerhartsreiter found that he was able to impress the wealthy, upper-class circles he moved in. And in , he met Sandra Boss at a cocktail party.
She quickly fell in love with the charming young Rockefeller. But over a decade of marriage, Clark Rockefeller became increasingly controlling and occasionally violent.
And many of the people closest to the couple began to question why none of his stories about his past seemed to add up.
Discovering that he had been lying for years about who he was, Boss filed for divorce. But he also agreed to only three visitations with his daughter a year.
In the remains were conclusively identified as Jonathan Sohus. After settling in Greenwich, Connecticut , Gerhartsreiter assumed the identity of "Christopher C.
Christopher Crowe is the name of one of the producers of the series. He was hired by the brokerage firm S.
Phelps and Company to work with the firm's computers. He was fired when it was discovered that the social security number he had given them belonged to serial killer David Berkowitz.
He was employed by Nikko Securities Ltd. In , using the name "James Frederick Mills Clark Rockefeller," Gerhartsreiter married Sandra Boss, a high-earning McKinsey senior executive.
She had graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Business School. They had a Quaker ceremony that had no legal status.
Later, however, he became emotionally abusive, and there was a "lot of anger and yelling" in their household. Although Boss earned all of the family income, she testified that Gerhartsreiter held complete control of the family's finances and other aspects of her day-to-day life.
Gerhartsreiter went to great lengths to conceal his true identity from his wife. He repeatedly told her she should file her tax return as a single person.
Later in their marriage, when his wife's firm required that a certified public accountant do her taxes, he found an accountant for her.
After their divorce, Boss learned that he had told their accountant he was her brother so that the accountant would continue filing single tax returns for her.
The couple had a daughter, born in Boss hired a private investigator in and discovered that Gerhartsreiter was not who he claimed to be, though she did not learn his real name at that time.
She said he was unpleasant to live with, but she did not think he was delusional. After discovering that Gerhartsreiter lied about his identity and divorcing him, Sandra Boss legally changed the couple's daughter's name.
Boss testified in June at his trial that Gerhartsreiter agreed to give her custody of their daughter following the divorce. Boss moved with their child to London following the divorce.
During a July 27, supervised visitation, Gerhartsreiter, his seven-year-old daughter, and a social worker were in Boston 's Back Bay neighborhood on a walk to the Boston Common.
Approached by a sport utility vehicle, Gerhartsreiter pushed aside the social worker, grabbed his daughter, jumped into the vehicle, and sped away.
The social worker held onto the vehicle and was dragged a short distance before falling free. Later that night, a warrant charged Gerhartsreiter with custodial kidnapping , assault and battery , and assault with a deadly weapon — the sport utility vehicle.
With the help of the owner of a local marina, where Gerhartsreiter had apparently kept a catamaran , FBI agents were able to lure him out of the apartment with a telephone call telling him the boat was taking on water.
He was arrested as he left the apartment and was charged with kidnapping and assault and battery. The child was found unharmed inside the apartment.
On August 15, , the FBI, the Massachusetts State Police , the Boston Police Department , and the Suffolk County District Attorney confirmed Clark Rockefeller as Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter.
When Gerhartsreiter, using the name Clark Rockefeller, was arrested, his fingerprint impressions were taken by FBI agents in Baltimore and by Boston Police when he was returned to Massachusetts.
Those fingerprints were compared to latent fingerprints lifted from a variety of sources. They matched a latent print lifted from a wine glass in Boston collected at the time of the search for "Rockefeller" and his daughter earlier in the month.
Those fingerprints also match a latent print developed from a document in Gerhartsreiter's immigration file from the early s.
Although there were no fingerprint cards or inked impressions in the immigration file, an FBI laboratory was able to develop latent print impressions from a document in that file, which had been provided by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Through fingerprint analysis, the FBI confirmed his identity. On September 3, , Gerhartsreiter was charged with furnishing a false name to a law enforcement officer following an arrest.
On October 2, , at a hearing requested by defense attorney Stephen Hrones, bail was revoked. Instead, the judge ordered the defendant to be held without bail.
On February 13, , Gerhartsreiter's attorneys filed notice that they intended to use an insanity defense for him. During the trial, conducted in Boston in May and June , Gerhartsreiter's defense team told jurors that Gerhartsreiter believed his daughter had communicated with him telepathically from London, where she and her mother moved after the divorce, begging him to rescue her.
Two defense experts testified that they have diagnosed Gerhartsreiter with delusional disorder , grandiose type, and narcissistic personality disorder.
One of the defense experts, Dr. Keith Ablow , testified that Gerhartsreiter told him that his father had been emotionally abusive during his childhood.
James Chu, a psychiatrist for the prosecution, testified that he had diagnosed Gerhartsreiter with a "'mixed personality disorder,' with narcissistic and anti-social traits" but felt that Gerhartsreiter had exaggerated his symptoms of mental illness and was capable of knowing right from wrong.
He noted the defendant had allegedly meticulously planned the details of the abduction well in advance. Gerhartsreiter did not take the witness stand.
Closing arguments concluded on June 8. He was acquitted of a second assault charge as well as for giving a false name to police. News reports indicated that a grand jury was to be convened in the spring of to examine the evidence in the Sohus case.
The Hon. Frank Gaziano, judge in Gerhartsreiter's parental kidnapping trial, barred prosecutors from presenting evidence about the Sohus case to avoid prejudicing jurors against Gerhartsreiter.
On March 15, , Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Gerhartsreiter with the murder of Jonathan Sohus.
The murder trial was held in March and April , and Gerhartsreiter was convicted of first degree murder on April 10, The verdict included an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon to bludgeon Jonathan Sohus to death.
Evidence in the case was largely circumstantial, but jurors were most swayed by two plastic book bags found buried with Sohus's remains: one from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where Gerhartsreiter attended classes between and , and one from the University of Southern California, where Gerhartsreiter audited film classes.
One juror said that was the most solid piece of evidence presented to the jury. Jurors also heard evidence that Gerhartsreiter was in possession of the Sohuses' pickup truck following the murder.
On August 15, , Christian Gerhartsreiter was given the maximum sentence of 27 years to life with credit for 1 year served after finishing his sentence in Massachusetts.
With good time credits, he will be eligible for parole in September , when he will be 69 years old. A parole hearing is currently scheduled for July He was initially transferred to North Kern State Prison in September before being transferred to Ironwood State Prison in March He still has federal appeals pending.
In December he was transferred to San Quentin State Prison. The case of Christian Gerhartsreiter has been covered extensively in various media forms since Gerhartsreiter's arrest and exposure.
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Title: Who Is Clark Rockefeller? TV Movie Called "the longest running con in FBI history," Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, the man that people knew as "Clark Rockefeller" McCormack had brilliantly impersonated numerous people, ranging from a talk show host to a Pentagon Advisor before ultimately claiming to be an heir to the famous Rockefeller family.
Following a whirlwind courtship, the two married and had a daughter, Reigh Emily Alyn Lind, Eastwick before their rocky year union ended in divorce, leading Clark to abduct his beloved daughter after losing custody to Sandra.
With the help of FBI agent Megan Norton Taylor , Sandra's search for her daughter exposed Clark's lifelong con game Written by Lifetime. It plays out very much like a TV crime-solving show.
Complete with the irritating music for every scene. The story is pretty interesting starting with us questioning that there's something not quite right with Clark and then the FBI uncovering one of their longest frauds in history.
Or at least that's what the movie claims. I'm not really sure how much of this is actually "based on a true story". The acting is decent.
Sherry Springfield as the strong, desperate mother and Clark's ex-wife was quite good. I wish they presented this to me more as a feature film and less like a TV show, but "Who is Clark Rockefeller?
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