When this book became available to me through Viking it caused me to pause. Why would I want to read about the serial imposter that was “Clark Rockefeller”? I thought I knew the story and frankly nothing about it was appealing to me.
As it turns out, I only knew the sensational headlines and not the true and unbelievable journey of this man. Upon reading this book I was stunned at the web of deceit and determination of this man, born Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, to not only escape his life in Germany but in the end to become someone else. This maze of deception was fascinating to read about and I found the full account completely absorbing and difficult to put down.
Already a fan of non-fiction journalistic sleuthing then this is definitely a read for you. During his investigation of this story Mark Seal talked to close to 200 people who knew the man known as “Clark Rockefeller”. The following are just a few of the many people Seal talked to in order to construct a picture of this maniacle man:
- FBI investigators and police detectives who prosecuted Rockefeller on kidnapping charges and investigated the murder of John Sohus and disappearance of his wife Linda Sohus.
- The Bostonassistant district attorney who prosecuted Rockefeller on hiding out in New York City for four years after the disappearance of John and Linda Sohus.
- Elmer and Jean Kelln, a California couple who picked up Rockefeller when he was hitchhiking on the autobahn in Germany in 1978. They were his first
introduction to America.
- The friends, family and former teacher who helped Rockefeller install himself into two Connecticut high schools at age 17.
- Jann Eldnor—a Swedish cowboy / hairdresser / town character in San Marino who cut Rockefeller’s hair each month. Jann came to know many secrets about Rockefeller and has his own theory about why and how Rockefeller murdered John Sohus.
- Former colleagues from Rockefeller’s Wall Street jobs.
- Neighbors and friends of Rockefeller’s in New Yorkwho knew Sandra and Clark as a couple
- Friends, neighbors, city officials and adversaries who knew Rockefeller in Cornish, New Hampshire where he went to war with many of the locals while posing as a county squire.
- Friends from Boston, including a former county sheriff, who became part of Rockefeller’s elaborate pose in that city.
To learn more about this gripping account and the author Mark Seal you can visit his website, http://www.mark-seal.com/. I would not hesitate to pick up anything researched\investigated and written by Mark Seal. He can also be found on twitter @MarkPSeal
I feel fortunate that I am able to offer a copy of THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT: The Astonishing Rise and Fall of a Serial Imposter, (Viking, June 2011), to one lucky visitor. To enter for a chance to win please comment below, tweet me @poofbooks and for those less adventurous to the social media world no worries – send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Giveaway ends midnight EST July 5, 2011. US and Canada addresses only please. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address.