Boston judge turns down defense request to move ‘Rockefeller’ trial in daughter’s kidnapping

Judge won’t move ‘Rockefeller’ trial out of Boston

BOSTON — A Boston judge won’t move the kidnapping trial of a man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller.

Judge Frank Gaziano last week denied a defense request to move the May 26 trial. But defense attorneys say Gaziano could reconsider if there is difficulty picking a jury.

Rockefeller’s real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (GAYR’-hahrtz-ry-tur).

Prosecutors say he kidnapped his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston in July. They were found six days later in Baltimore. His daughter was unharmed.

Authorities say Gerhartsreiter, a German national, has used a string of false names since moving to the United States in the 1970s.

California authorities have labeled him a “person of interest” in the 1980s disappearance of a San Marino couple.


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