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'Crockefeller' Ex-Wife Takes The Stand In Con Man's Trial

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Court officers escort Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, into the courtroom for his trial.

BOSTON (AP)

The former wife of the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller has taken the witness stand at her ex-husband's kidnapping trial.

Sandra Boss said Monday she met the man she knew as Clark Rockefeller in New York in 1993 through a friend of her sister's, first seeing him at a "Clue" themed party at which he came dressed as "Professor Plum" and she came as "Miss Scarlett."

Rockefeller's real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. Prosecutors say he is a German man who has used multiple aliases -including the family name of the famous oil baron- to ingratiate himself into wealthy circles in New York, Los Angeles and Boston.

He is accused of snatching his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh, in Boston in July after losing custody of the girl to his ex-wife. Authorities say he shoved a social worker to the ground during a supervised visit, then hustled his daughter into a waiting car and fled. They were both found in Baltimore six days later, the girl unharmed.

A livery driver, who acted as the getaway driver when Rockefeller took his daughter, testified earlier Monday that he was offered $3,000 to help. Darryl Hopkins admitted he followed Gerhartsreiter's instructions to drive away.

  • Ryan Smith

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