Brother IDs Wealthy Dad Who Allegedly Abducted Daughter
Posted Aug 8, 2008 5:13 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Authorities say they may have identified a mysterious man who allegedly abducted his 7-year-old daughter after a divorce from the wealthy socialite to whom he had been married for 12 years.
The man known as Clark Rockefeller, who is now jailed in Boston in the kidnapping case, has been identified by a German man as his older brother, Christian Gerhartsreiter. He apparently disappeared in 1978 at age 17, after leaving home to live as a foreign exchange student in Connecticut, and has not contacted his family in Germany in decades, according to the Boston Globe.
In another article, the newspaper says "Rockefeller" apparently worked on Wall Street as a bond salesman in the 1980s, under the name of Christopher Crowe, based on a fingerprint match. However, "the man knew very little about corporate bonds," recalls a former colleague at Nikko Securities International in Manhattan, where Crowe reportedly worked from 1987 to 1989 as vice president of the corporate bond department.
At the time, "he told tales of owning castles in Europe, and his hiring was covered in the trade publication The Bond Buyer," the newspaper recounts. Subsequently, Crowe also reportedly worked at Kidder Peabody in Manhattan. "But he quit abruptly," the Globe writes, "telling colleagues his parents had been kidnapped abroad, those former colleagues said."
As discussed in an earlier ABAJournal.com post, "Rockefeller" has also been described as "person of interest" in the 1985 disappearance and possible murder of a young couple in San Marino, Calif. He reportedly lived in their converted garage as their tenant before they disappeared, but left before police had a chance to question him.
His lawyer, Stephen Hrones, said at a news conference that his client tells him he doesn't remember a number of things about his past, but "absolutely denies" being involved in a murder because "certain things you know you didn't do."
Rockefeller speaks German, but doesn't remember how he became fluent in the language, Hrones said.