The Man in the Rockefeller Suit
In what was called “the longest-running con in FBI history,” Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter – the man people knew as Clark Rockefeller – brilliantly impersonated numerous people.
His parents knew him as Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, for that was the name they gave him when he was born on February 21, 1961. But to most other people, Gerhartsreiter was a stranger, having gone by a slew of aliases throughout his life, starting when he was 17. Meandering his way across the United States and back again, by the time Gerhartsreiter took on his most well-known and outlandish identity as Clark Rockefeller (of yes, the Rockefeller family), the notorious con artist had already fooled countless people into believing he was an actor, a NASA physicist, a mathematician, a Pentagon officer, an art dealer, a Wall Street broker, a cardiac surgeon and a film producer. And not unlike Clark Kent, another master of disguise, taking on a new identity was often as simple as putting on a new pair of glasses.
To prepare, let’s navigate our way through Rockefeller, er, I mean, Gerhartsreiter’s many confusing identities, which are distinguished by his ever evolving eyewear choices. Read more »