"Pushed Over The Edge" Says "Crockefeller" Attorney In Closing Arguments

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Clark Rockefeller

BOSTON (AP) Lawyers for the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller used their closing argument at his kidnapping trial to depict him as a devoted father with a mental illness that exploded when he lost custody of his daughter.

Rockefeller's real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. He is accused of kidnaping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last July. Father and daughter were found in Baltimore six days later.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Denner told the jury in his closing Monday that Gerhartsreiter has suffered from mental illness for three decades. Denner says the illness worsened dramatically when he lost custody of the girl in December 2007. Denner says that caused a "psychotic break" that prompted delusions.


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