As Details Surface, Clark Rockefeller Mystery Only Deepens
On Thursday, Steve Savio, 39, of Berlin, Conn., said he is ‘100 percent certain’ that alleged kidnapper Clark Rockefeller is Christian Gerhart Reiter, a German exchange student who lived with Savio’s family in 1980. The FBI has potentially tied Clark Rockefeller’s identity to that of Reiter, who stayed with two families in Connecticut 30 years ago. Police are questioning both families.
Police have been working to establish Rockefeller’s identity since he was arrested on charges of kidnapping his seven-year-old daughter, Reigh Boss, who was returned safely to her mother, Sandra Boss on August 2.
The Australian reported that “the couple divorced in part over ‘identity issues,’” perhaps an understatement for a reported con man with several aliases.
Rockefeller was refused bail at a preliminary hearing in Boston on August 5. That same day, Rockefeller’s fingerprints were matched to a driver’s license application in another state; the name on that application, Christopher Chichester, was a suspect in the long-ago murder of a newlywed couple, Jonathan and Linda Sohus, in California.
According to ABC News, Savio said his mother Gwen was questioned by the FBI in 1988 when a man using the name Christopher Crowe attempted to sell a truck that was registered to Sohus. Rockefeller’s attorney denies any connection to the murder, as well as the proposition that Rockefeller could be guilty of kidnapping with respect to his own daughter.
As the Boston Herald notes, Rockefeller had been the primary caregiver since Reigh’s birth. Yet in their divorce settlement, he gave Boss custody of Reigh in exchange for their $1.5 million estate. Authorities suspect he took the settlement to avoid surrendering his birth certificate. Following the decision in December, Boss took Reigh with her to London.
Evidently, Rockefeller had second thoughts, and allegedly kidnapped Reigh during a supervised visit at his Boston home on July 27. Police, following Rockefeller’s hints to the getaway drivers, initially believed he planned to escape on a yacht.
Two months ago, Bruce Boswell, a Baltimore resident, met with Rockefeller and sold him a catamaran—not the “yacht” Rockefeller had described. The sale was completed after hours at an Obsidian Realty office he falsely claimed to own. According to the Baltimore Sun, Rockefeller “punched in an alarm code, entered the office and wrote up a bill of sale.”
Rockefeller told Boswell about his plans to buy and renovate a historic theater in West Baltimore, spoke as though he operated in posh circles in New York, and “said negative things about women.”
Police caught Rockefeller Saturday following a tip from Obsidian employees. Thomas Lee, Boston Police Superintendent said, “The way he operates, I’m sure he would have started a new life in high-society circles, and probably become an upstanding Baltimore citizen.”