Tuesday, August 5, 2008


(Josh Reynolds / AP) Clark Rockefeller will face kidnapping and assault charges

FNC / Clark Rockefeller in his mug shot.

(Essdras Suarez/Globe Staff -- Pasadena Star-News Archive Photo)
Police are investigating whether Clark Rockefeller (left), who was arraigned today for parental kidnapping, has ties to the 1985 disappearance of a California couple. Christopher Chichester, shown in an archive photo from a California newspaper, was a tenant of the couple but disappeared before police could question him.

Fingerprints deepen a mystery
Authorities look at possible link between kidnap suspect, Calif. slaying
By Maria Cramer and Eric Moskowitz / Globe Staff / August 5, 2008
Boston Globe

BALTIMORE - Authorities are actively investigating the possibility that accused kidnapper Clark Rockefeller is concealing a violent past, after his fingerprints provided an unusual, but still unconfirmed, link to a killing in California from many years ago, according to two law enforcement officials.

Rockefeller's fingerprints, taken after his capture here Saturday, were linked to an out-of-state license application under a different name, presumably yet another alias, those officials said. That name, in turn, is on a list of people wanted in a homicide case in California, according to the officials.

"A fingerprint connected him to a license application, and an alias on the application connected him to a murder in California," one of the two officials said yesterday. Both officials provided information to the Globe on condition they not be named, because the investigation is ongoing.


Rockefeller has already gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal his past, even refusing to provide proof of his identity in his 2007 divorce case, a decision that cost him custody of the daughter he played an active role in raising.

Yesterday, Rockefeller, dressed in wrinkled khakis and a baby-blue polo shirt and restrained by handcuffs and shackles, was escorted into a Baltimore courtroom, his first public appearance since his arrest Saturday afternoon. He agreed to waive extradition and return to Boston to face charges of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh Storrow Mills Boss.


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