Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rockefeller Trial Underway

The kidnapping trial of the man claiming to be Clark Rockefeller is underway. The first juror has been chosen in the trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter in Boston today.

Gerhartsreiter is accused of kidnapping his seven-year-old daughter, Reigh "Snooks" Boss last July during one of their visits. Both father and daughter were found six days later in Baltimore, with the girl being unharmed.

He has gone by the name Rockefeller since 1993 and claimed to be a phyicist, art dealer and mathmetician.

Gerhartsreiter is also accused of using aliases to infiltrate himself into highbrow circles in Boston, New York and Los Angeles as part of a well-orchestrated plan to kidnap his daughter.

The defense is going to plead insanity and has asked the court to refer to Gerhartsreiter as Rockefeller but Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano ruled that the defendant will be referred to by his actual name and that only his attorneys could call him Rockefeller.
Gerhartsreiter entered the court today after 10 months in prison. Police have been conducting two separate investigations concerning Gerhartsreiter. One being the kidnapping of Boss and the other being the actual identity of Gerhartsreiter.
The jurors of this case will never hear a four-hour interview Gerhartsreiter gave to Boston police because Judge Gaziano ruled that Boston police and FBI ignored Gerhartsreiter's requrest to remain silent. Gaziano said that Rockefeller "clearly and uneqivocally invoked his right to remain silent and law enforcement officers failed to scrupulously honor that decision." Gaziano blocked this interview from being aired in court.

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