Clark Rockefeller describes pain of missing his daughter

The London Telegraph reports on a second installment of Dateline’s interview with Clark Rockefelelr, aka Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. Here’s a bit of their story, and a photo of Rockefeller posing with reporter Natalie Morales:

The bespectacled father, who police say is actually a German-born national called Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, gave an interview to NBC, due to be broadcast in two parts next week.


In an excerpt shown on Thursday night, Rockefeller says he hoped to live a life of obscurity in Baltimore with his daughter, Reigh Storrow Boss, who he is accused of snatching from a Boston street on July 27 before fleeing to New York and then Maryland.

During the six days they were missing, he did not think about returning Reigh to her mother, Sandra Boss, he says, because being with her was “almost like a drug”.

The couple’s marriage ended last year and Reigh was on a social worker-supervised visit to see her father from the UK at the time of the alleged kidnapping, their first contact in seven months.

Rockefeller told NBC he took his daughter to Baltimore because he could not afford the life he wanted in Boston.

Asked if he planned to go into hiding, he said “That’s perhaps an extreme way of saying it. I just wanted to live an obscure life in Baltimore.”

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  • I suspect Gerhartsreiter is a kind of long-range planner. Picking his victims very slowly and getting their confidence, before striking.

  • S.Johnson

    I am guessing that Dr. Hedi Leistner is the one he has “always looked up to”; one article mentioned that she was a friend to whom he had gone for all of his crises. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Sleuthy

    S. Johnson:
    Bingo! I had the weirdest idea she might be his handler, and (1978-85) he always seemed to connect with Germanic-named people.

    Oddly enough, as wacky as the ‘lost spy possibilty’ seemed, Crock became close to a Harvard visiting prof who wrote the book on the Stasi:

  • Sleuthy

    No – he says its someone named “Harry Copeland.” Perhaps that’s another dead end?

    Very interesting Boston Globe article & audio clip, but be aware that any discussion thereof may lead to banning on the Hahrald site. (Pat Purcell’s fiefdom is incredibly petty!)

  • Anonymous


    I’ve been following this case too (not as avidly as you, though!) I don’t know if this is the right Harry Copeland, but this is the only one I can find in New York in the right period, who dies in the right range. As to who this man *IS*, or whether this is a red herring thrown out by “Clark Rockefeller”, I have no clue.

    Maybe Frank Giradot or some other enterprising reporter could investigate this further?

    Here is some info taken from common databases:

    Name: Harry C. Copeland
    SSN: 057-12-5161
    Last Residence: 10021 New York, New York, New York, USA
    Born: 5 Jul 1919
    Died: 2 Aug 1999
    State (Yr) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951 )

    *****U.S. VETERANS GRAVESITES, ca.1775-2006*****
    Name: Harry C Jr Copeland
    Service Info.: CAPT US ARMY WORLD WAR II
    Birth Date: 5 Jul 1919
    Death Date: 2 Aug 1999
    Cemetery: St Marys Cemetery
    Cemetery Address: 2315 South Avenue Syracuse, NY 13207

    *****U.S. PHONE AND ADDRESS DIRECTORIES, 1993-2002*****
    Name: Harry C, Jr Copeland
    Address: 200 E 62Nd St
    City: New York
    State: New York
    Zip Code: 10021-8209
    Phone Number: 212-752-8291
    Residence Years: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

    *****U.S. WWII Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946*****
    Name: Harry C Copeland Jr
    Birth Year: 1919
    Race: White, citizen (White)
    Nativity State or Country: Georgia
    State: Florida
    County or City: Dade
    Enlistment Date: 19 Aug 1942
    Enlistment State: Massachusetts
    Enlistment City: Boston
    Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
    Branch Code: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life
    Education: 4 years of high school
    Civil Occupation: Shoe Repairman
    Marital Status: Married
    Height: 70
    Weight: 161

  • Anonymous

    New York Times

    Paid Notice: Deaths

    Published: November 21, 1997

    BLICKMAN-Nancy (nee Copeland). Age 77, November 10, 1997 of Pearl River, New York. Wife of Newton A. Blickman; mother of Victoria Jacqueney and Stewart Blickman; grandmother of Benjamin Jacqueney; sister of Harry C. Copeland, Jr., and Cynthia Stephenson. Memorial Saturday, November 22, 3 PM, Nauraushaun Pres. Church. Contributions may be made to Rockland Country Day School, Congers, New York.

  • Sleuthy

    Great work, Anonymous!!! ORIGINAL WORK, I should add… now, if only we can figure out the mystery of the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Address? Owner? Was he fencing fake Mondrians & Rothkos, there?

    (Imagine you want to sell fake art, easily copied fake art, like Mondrian & Rothko paintings. Everyone in the art world knows some Rockefellers have collected these kinds of paintings; who better to make the sale than some ‘cash-poor Rockefeller nephew’?)

    One possibility: how else could he pay the rent?

  • Sleuthy

    Perhaps “Harry Copeland” is an anagram?

  • Jen

    you should be DEAD

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