I mentioned yesterday how I am strangely drawn to the story of Clark Rockefeller. Today’s details have me hooked for another day.
Rockefeller was flown from Baltimore to Boston today – fellow passengers say he had coffee, read The New York Times and seemed to enjoy the attention – where he was charged with felony parental kidnapping, assault and battery and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
The prosecution isn’t so sure this guy is Clark Rockefeller, though his attorney, Stephen Hrones, says he never questioned his client’s identity. Why? Because he told Hornes his name was Clark Rockefeller.
Hornes describes his client as a clam, collective, good guy who loves his daughter “dearly”. He is confident Rockefeller will not be found guilty, saying he couldn’t have kidnapped his 7 year old daughter, Reigh, because he is her father. In his words, “It’s his own daughter. He had the right to take that gal.”
Suffolk County DA Dan Conley responded to that reasoning in court. “He was under an order issued by a judge in this court that he could not have physical custody of that child,” said Conley. “Just because he's Reigh's natural father doesn't absolve him of what he did to that child.”
As he learned of the official charges today, the Boston Globe reported Rockefeller’s fingerprints may link him to an unsolved murder in California. Hornes denies the claim, calling it “total garbage” and “completely untrue”. Two LA homicide detectives are on their way to Boston to interview Rockefeller about the 1994 cold case.
We’ll continue to follow any developments.
At least nine companies were hit by hackers who allegedly stole more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers. That’s comforting. Eleven people were indicted today – I can only hope no one else is lurking in the shadows, continuing the dirty work. I had my checking account hacked into once. It is scary, beyond upsetting and leaves you feeling more vulnerable than you can imagine.
Your time is valuable, especially at $4+ bucks a gallon, so the next time you’re stuck in construction traffic, maybe you should try to get some of that time and money back.
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