Ex-Wife: Abuse Drove Me From Rockefeller

Man of many names pleads not guilty to kidnapping daughter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2008 8:03 AM CDT
The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, left, is seen with his attorney Stephen Hrones, right, during his arraignment on kidnapping charges Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 in Boston.    (AP Photo/Mike Adaskaveg)
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(Newser) – Clark Rockefeller repeatedly abused his ex-wife before she finally left him last year, prosecutors alleged yesterday during the con man’s trial for the kidnapping of his young daughter. Sandra Lynne Boss tried to leave Rockefeller— actually Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter of Germany—in 1999 but was “wooed back” and became pregnant with Reigh “Snooks” Boss, now 7, reports the Boston Herald.

Boss said she ended her 13-year relationship with Rockefeller, 47, because of his “emotional and occasional physical abuse.” The German national pleaded not guilty to Reigh’s kidnapping yesterday and was ordered held on a hefty $50 million cash bail. Meanwhile, Rockefeller has been identified as a “person of interest” in the disappearance of his former landlords.