The story of Christian Karl Gerhartstreiter is a story that of an astonishingly skilled con man. For years, he lived as the aristocratic Clark Rockefeller and convinced many that he came from the storied and wealthy American family.
Then, after a custody hearing in 2008, he abducted his daughter from the streets of Boston and fled. He was arrested six days later — and was soon charged with the 1985 murder of a man in California. Last summer, after a high-profile trial in California, Gerhartstreiter was convicted of murder — chopping up his victim's body and burying it. He was sentenced to life in prison.
How "Rockefeller" was able to dupe so many people for so long is the focus of Walter Kirn's new book. Kirn was among those whom Gerhartstreiter fooled: for years, Kirn considered himself a friend of Clark Rockefeller — until his true identity was revealed.
Walter Kirn, journalist and author of, "Blood Will Out: The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery and A Masquerade." He tweets at @walterkirn.
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