Rockefeller wanted on kidnapping and assault charges

Clark and Reigh Rockefeller (from Boston Police Department).

The Valley News, in Lebanon, N.H., said Rockefeller refused to confirm whether or not he was related, directly or otherwise, to the famed Rockefeller family. “Maybe I am, maybe I’m not; it’s not something that I would either confirm or deny,” Clark Rockefeller responded.

Boston Globe | Jul 28, 2008

Father trying to flee with daughter on yacht

Police said they believed the girl was in danger

By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff

The father accused of abducting his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit Sunday in the Back Bay was last seen at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, police said this afternoon.

Authorities fear that Clark Rockefeller may be trying to flee with his daughter, Reigh, on a 72-foot yacht that he recently purchased and had docked on Long Island. The Coast Guard is searching for the boat, which is named “Serenity” or “Serendipity.”

The FBI has also joined authorities in New York and Boston as they search for Rockefeller, who is listed as a director of the prestigious Algonquin Club of Boston.

“We are definitely concerned for her safety,” said Boston Police Superintendent Bruce Holloway at press conference this afternoon.

Reigh, known by the nickname Snooks, is a petite, blond-haired girl with glasses who speaks with a British accent. She was on her first supervised visit Sunday with her father since divorce proceedings in January 2007, according to police.

The alleged kidnapping occurred as the father, daughter, and a social worker were walking to the Boston Common from the Four Seasons Hotel at 12:45 p.m. A sport utility vehicle pulled up and Rockefeller allegedly grabbed his daughter, pushed the social worker out of the way, and jumped into the vehicle, which sped off.

The social worker, who police said works for an independent agency, grabbed onto the vehicle and was dragged several feet. He was treated for minor injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital and released, police said.

Boston Police searched the area without success, and State Police issued the Amber Alert just before 5 p.m. Police issued a warrant for the father’s arrest last night. He faces charges of custodial kidnapping, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a deadly weapon — the sport utility vehicle.

The Amber Alert was canceled this morning in Massachusetts when authorities learned that Rockefeller was spotted in New York City. An Amber Alert has not been issued in New York because it is a custodial case, according to a spokesman for the state police. New York State Police have instead issued a missing child alert, which is a step below an Amber Alert.

Boston Police are still searching for the black SUV. It was described as a black Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, or Denali with a Red Sox license plate and Red Sox stickers on the window. That vehicle is still believed to be in the area.

WHDH-TV reported that the girl’s backpack and toy doll were left on the steps of the father’s home. The station also reported that Rockefeller was a scientist who had moved to the area two years ago and was in the midst of a bitter divorce involving a large amount of money.

The girl’s mother, Sandra Boss, a 41-year-old senior partner at McKinsey & Co., has been talking with detectives at the Four Seasons, where she has been staying since she arrived from London, where she works.

Boss is chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s Lenox estate.

She joined the board in 2006 because of her expertise in finance and her great love of Wharton, who wrote about New York’s high society in her novels “House of Mirth” and “Age of Innocence.”

“It’s a terrible situation,” said Gordon Travers, who sits on the board. “It’s a hideous situation. We’re all just praying and worrying ourselves to pieces.”

Boss’s daughter would play at the Mount and frolic near its pond, asking endless questions about the animals that lived in the water, recalled Stephanie Copeland, the former president and CEO of the Mount.

“I had the great good fortune of meeting Snooks and I was quite taken with her,” Copeland said. “When a child has a mind like hers where she’s just curious about everything, it’s wonderful for an adult to be around a child like that.”

Copeland said she only met Rockefeller once, when Boss introduced him to her a couple of years ago at a black-tie fund-raising event in Boston for the Mount.

“I didn’t see any signs of distress,” she said.

Police said that though there was no indication of past abuse, they believed the girl was in danger, and they asked the public for help finding her and her father.

Police described Clark Rockefeller as a white, 48-year-old man. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 170 pounds with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a blue polo shirt. He is listed as a director with the Algonquin Club of Boston, but officials with the social club could not be reached last night for comment.

The New York Times, in telephone interviews on Monday, contacted Amy Fitch and Michele Hiltzik, senior archivists at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., which maintains the records of the Rockefeller family associated with Standard Oil, philanthropy and politics, said there was no indication that Clark Rockefeller was a descendant of William Avery Rockefeller, the father of John D. Rockefeller Sr. and William Rockefeller.

The newspaper reported that in 2004, The Valley News, in Lebanon, N.H., said Rockefeller refused to confirm whether or not he was related, directly or otherwise, to the famed Rockefeller family. “Maybe I am, maybe I’m not; it’s not something that I would either confirm or deny,” Clark Rockefeller responded, according to the paper. “I just don’t want anything to do with the whole question.”

The New Hampshire newspaper was trying to determine Clark Rockefeller’s lineage after he reportedly wrote a $110,000 check to the town of Cornish, N.H., in exchange for a deed to a historic church.

Reigh Rockefeller is 4 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes, police said. She was last seen at the intersection of Marlborough and Arlington streets, wearing a pink and white sundress, red shoes, and sunglasses, police said.

Authorities asked anyone with information to call 617-343-4328.


Police explore the high society past of kidnapper Clark Rockefeller


4 responses to “Rockefeller wanted on kidnapping and assault charges

  1. He has a yacht and doesn’t want anything to do with the question. Ha

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  3. Big people,
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    big news.

  4. His face is shaped very similar to David Rockefeller’s, from the nose, to the hairline, lips and jawline. I am disturbed by the media which keeps repeating the same phrase, “The Rockefellers deny any relationship. Therefore any relationship to the famed oil family has been ruled out.” or words to that effect. WTF? Did they never think of the possibility that he is one of the defective Rockefellers who got out of control to the point that they disowned him, or that he could have been a well-taken-care-of love-child who has been hidden from public view to avoid embarrassment?

    I’m not saying he is. Not saying he ain’t. I’m just saying there is some cause to doubt the media’s loud insistence that Clark is not a Rockefeller since the media is basically owned by a cabal of bankers that includes the Rockefeller family.

    In addition, I find that he was president of the high society Algonquin Club, and had memberships in both the Knickerbocker and Metropolitan Clubs in NY where the Rockefellers frequent. His wife Sandra Boss is a another high society type close to Bloomberg and sits on boards of several foundations. In addition, he had access to enormous sums of money that he seemed to be able to draw on at will.

    Okay, so either he is a very, very good con-man, or he is basically who he says he is. There is no middle ground. But if he is such a pro, why was he so sloppy in the abduction, and why was he so easily caught? It doesn’t fit.

    I am not ruling out the possibility that he committed a murder either. Yes, even and especially the elites commit murders, but they usually have a way of getting around jail for it. You see, money has a way of buying you out of trouble. And we see that Clark does have a high-power Boston attorney and access to millions, so any evil he may have been involved in will probably be swept under the rug eventually if he comes up with enough money.

    Now, I am asking anybody out there if you have any ideas on Clark’s possible Rockefeller parents. All leads should be followed to get to the truth. They are saying he was born in Germany under the name of Christian Gerhart Streiter. But where they get this, they don’t say. Even if that were the case, it wouldn’t necessarily preclude relationship to the Rockefeller family.

    Having said all that, I’m so far stumped in finding the likely parents of Clark. If he is a real Rockefeller, the most logical place to look is Steven Clark Rockefeller born 1936. My only problem so far is in finding out anything about his family. There is nothing in his Wikipedia entry on any of his children other than saying he has one child with Barbara Bellows Rockefeller. However, it says he married one Anne Marie Rasmussen, his first wife in Søgne, Norway in 1959. If they had a less than well-knnown son named Clark during that time period, it would certainly be a close match up. I believe the media reported somewhere that this Clark Rockefeller was probably born right around that time. There is also a Michael Clark Rockefeller who died around that time period in New Guinea, possibly killed by headhunters as some say. So far, no evidence that he had any children though. What I do see is a pretty strong resemblance to David Rockefeller, some to Steven and some with Nelson. I think if you made a composite drawing of those three you might come up with somebody who looks just like our man. And one other thing. It seems most of the males in Nelson Rockefeller’s line wore or still wear black horn-rimmed glasses, just like Nelson.

    So I welcome any suggestions. Let me know what you think.


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