Prosecutor: ‘Rockefeller’ was angry, not insane
BOSTON — The prosecution in the kidnapping trial of the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller depicted him as a master manipulator who was angry — not insane — when he kidnapped his daughter.
Rockefeller’s real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (GAYR’-hahrtz-ry-tur). He is accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last July. Father and daughter were found in Baltimore six days later.
In closing arguments Monday, Gerhartsreiter’s lawyers told the jury he was a loving father whose mental illness exploded when he lost custody of his daughter.
But Assistant District Attorney David Deakin says Gerhartsreiter planned the kidnapping for months and knew what he was doing was wrong.
The jury is expected to begin deliberating Monday afternoon.