Thursday, March 17, 2016
Review of "The Man In The Rockefeller Suit" by Mark Seal - The Saga Of A Serial Imposter
I followed closely the unfolding story of Clark Rockefeller when he kidnapped his daughter and fled with her. The event began just a few blocks from where I work. Author Mark Seal takes the facts of Rockefeller's life and multiple identities and presents the story in a way that is as intriguing as any novel. Mr. Seal has thoroughly researched every aspect of the life of the man who began his existence as Christian Gerhartsreiter in a small town in Germany.
One of the aspects of this complex sage that most interested me was the way in which Rockefeller was able to control and manipulate his otherwise very capable wife, Sandra Boss. Ms. Boss rose to be a partner with the prestigious consulting firm, McKinsey, yet she allowed Clark to control all of the family finances, where they would live and how their daughter would be raised. It is a study in how convincing and controlling a clever sociopath can be, even when faced with a very intelligent victim of his cons.
The cross-country aspect of Clark's pilgrimage was of interest to me because I have knowledge of almost all of the communities where he lived and where he plied his trade as serial imposter - Boston, Fairfield County Connecticut, Pasadena and San Marino California, Baltimore.
This book will delight any reader who enjoys true crime, investigative journalism and exploration of the human mind.