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Kidnap accused 'recalls his past'

Clark Rockefeller
Clark Rockefeller is facing a number of criminal charges

A father accused of kidnapping his London-based daughter in the US is beginning to recall parts of his previous life, his lawyer says.

Clark Rockefeller, 48, was remanded in custody last week accused of abducting Reigh Storrow Boss, seven, in Boston.

Los Angeles police believe he is a German national, Christian Gerhartsreiter, but the FBI in Boston have not yet confirmed this.

Mr Rockefeller's lawyer said his client had little memory of pre-1993 events.

A spokesman for the LA County sheriff's department, Steve Whitmore, said Mr Rockefeller had been "positively identified" as Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter.

He said that Mr Gerhartsreiter had been a "person of interest" in the 1985 disappearance in San Marino, California, of a couple, Jonathan and Linda Sohus, from whom he had rented a guesthouse in the 1980s.


There is nothing wrong with using aliases as long as you don't use it to defraud
Stephen Hrones
Mr Rockefeller's lawyer

Skeletal remains believed to be those of Mr Sohus were unearthed at the couple's property in 1994. No charges have ever been filed in the case.

Mr Rockefeller says he now recalls living in the guesthouse at the time of the couple's disappearance and also remembered using the name Christopher Chichester, while living in California.

Lawyer Stephen Hrones said Mr Rockefeller had told him that he barely knew the couple and that they had left while he was still in California.

Mr Rockefeller used the name of Chichester because "he was aspiring to be an actor out there", Mr Hrones said.

"He was trying to get into the acting business and he thought it was a more appropriate name.

Jonathan and Linda Sohus
Jonathan and Linda Sohus went missing in 1985

"There is nothing wrong with using aliases as long as you don't use it to defraud."

Mr Hrones added that his client still believed his real name was Clark Rockefeller and that he had no recollection of being Christian Gerhartsreiter.

The LA County Sheriff's spokesman said detectives were "confident that Rockefeller is Christian Gerhartsreiter and the person named Christopher Chichester who was living in the Los Angeles area in 1985".

Mr Rockefeller was arrested in Baltimore on 2 August over the alleged kidnapping of his daughter after a tip-off from a member of the public.

He was taken from Baltimore to Boston to face charges and was remanded in custody by Boston Municipal Court last Tuesday.

He is charged with felony custodial kidnapping, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on 27 July.

The girl was reunited on 2 August with her mother, Sandra Boss, with whom she lives in London.



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