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A street in Beacon Hill, Boston, the area
where Clark Rockefeller is suspected of
kidnapping his daughter.

Phony Rockefeller Suspected of Abducting Daughter

July 31, 2008 04:05 PM
by Shannon Firth
Authorities hunt suspected kidnapper Clark Rockefeller and his missing seven-year old daughter, who both disappeared from Boston July 27.

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Clark Rockefeller, who divorced his wife, Sandra Boss, in December, allegedly kidnapped their seven-year-old daughter, Reigh Storrow Boss, during a supervised visit July 27.

Rockefeller, who friends believed was a member of the prestigious Rockefeller clan, may be a pathological liar with remarkable abilities of persuasion. On separate occasions, he convinced two unsuspecting individuals to help him flee Boston and drive him to his destination, Grand Central Station in New York. The drivers appear to be “unwitting accomplices.”

Rockefeller’s conversations with friends about his purchase of a yacht, and his invitation to one driver to sail to Bermuda, may have been part of a ploy to throw off police. A search of the waters off Long Island, N.Y., proved fruitless.

A state worker in Smyra, Del., told police she’d seen Rockefeller and Reigh. According to the Boston Herald, she described “a well-dressed man [who] was standing in front of a car dealership with a blond little girl carrying a small red bag bedecked with streamers and wearing a flowered dress.”

A NISMART bulletin from 2002 shows that men perpetrate custodial kidnapping more commonly than women. In 1999, 53 percent of family-abducted children were taken by their biological fathers, compared to 25 percent who were taken by their biological mothers.

During Barack Obama’s Middle East tour, mother Colleen Davis Bargouthi asked the presidential contender to help reclaim her four daughters in a case of custodial kidnapping. Bargouthi said she was tricked into leaving them with their father, who is keeping them in the West Bank.

Headline Links: Man and daughter disappear

Background: Custodial kidnapping

Key Players: Clark Rockefeller and Sandra Boss

Related Topics: Obama called on to help rescue kidnap victims

Reference: Dealing with abduction

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