Monday, May 6, 7pm
Frank C. Girardot discusses and signs Name Dropper: Investigating the Clark Rockefeller Mystery
Depending on who you ask, Clark Rockefeller is either a psychopathic con man and cold-blooded killer or an erudite art lover and doting father. These descriptions from police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, friends and acquaintances all describe a man whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. A German national who came to the United States on a student visa in the late 1970s, Rockefeller's rise to near aristocracy led him to prominence in some of the nation's most elite communities - Wall Street, Greenwich, San Marino, and Boston's Beacon Hill. He fancied himself an international man of mystery. Author Frank Girardot began following Rockefeller's story in 2008, the same year Rockefeller was arrested for abducting his own daughter. As a journalist, Girardot wrote several newspaper articles and was the first to report Rockefeller's connections to a forgotten San Marino couple that vanished in 1985, piecing together the story in a series of articles for The Pasadena Star-News.