'Rockefeller' and daughter found safe

Boston Police report the pair was found today in Baltimore. She's on her way back to her mother; he's in a jail cell awaiting a Monday court hearing on being extradited to Massachusetts.

Investigators determined that Clark Rockefeller and Reigh were staying in an apartment on Ploy Street in close proximity to a facility, known as Anchorage Marina, where Clark was docking his 26ft. unnamed catamaran. Investigators used this information to create a ruse to lure Clark from the apartment to the marina by placing a call to him with information that his boat was taking on water.

Clark while enroute to the marina was placed under arrest by FBI agents. Simultaneously agents made their way to the apartment to find Reigh. At approximately 3:29pm, Reigh was found alone in the apartment where she was reportedly excited to see law enforcement. Her appearance had not been altered. Reigh appeared to be unharmed.

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strange...

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from timesonline.co.uk:

"Police sources claimed that Rockefeller agreed to give up custody of Reigh last year in exchange for almost $1.5m from the sale of one of the couple’s former homes — and an agreement that he need not produce his birth certificate."

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"Rockefeller" reverses on divorce agreement - kidnaps snooks

good article o_brien ...

As part of Ms Boss's divorce agreement with Rockefeller, he was not required to produce a copy of his birth certificate or any other identification that might have explained when or why he changed his name.

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Police sources claimed that Rockefeller agreed to give up custody of Reigh last year in exchange for almost $1.5m from the sale of one of the couple’s former homes — and an agreement that he need not produce his birth certificate.

The custody deal allowed Boss to leave America with Reigh but was followed by a change of heart by Rockefeller, a stay-at-home father who had raised his daughter while her mother pursued her career. The missing pair were last seen at New York’s Grand Central station on Sunday.
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Bizarre, isn't it?

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If we are to believe that "Clark Rockefeller" loved his daughter more than anything else in the world, and he could have gotten custody if he only revealed his true identity, then what could have motivated him?

When he set up their new life in Baltimore, he established the alias of Charles (Chip) Smith. That's not such a fancy name. He couldn't continue being a Rockefeller, or moving in high society.

He's up against charges now, and he was willing to take that risk. What did he do in a prior life that would have been worse to face?

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Hmmmmm ...

Makes me wonder if everything was okay until the transfer to London for her work came up and she then found out that her husband had no official identity.

The whole "didn't have to reveal his identity" thing and the funny accent thing hint that he is either a fugitive or a refugee who found unofficial asylum.

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Compelling reason

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It stands to reason that he must have some compelling reason not to reveal his true identity - even in custody, he's still not spilling it. I agree that it seems likely he is wanted for something else or is a refugee of some sort. The cops are running his fingerprints through the databases now, and will likely do the same with DNA. But not all crimes leave fingerprints, and not all databases are connected.

A friend of mine and I talked yesterday about whether he was a con man or pathological. One thing I find peculiar is that he didn't do a terribly good job at hiding, which makes me think that his problem is at least partly pathological. It takes a certain amount of denial to think that he could hide in plain view so close to where he ran off, without altering his or her appearance, and talking (once again) loads of high-flying horseshit. The Baltimore Sun has interesting details.

The man known as Clark Rockefeller slipped into Baltimore months ago with ambitions to restore historic city property, quickly passing himself off as the owner of a local real estate agency with ties to the New York City elite.

"He talked a big story," said Bruce Boswell, a North Baltimore man who said he sold a 26-foot catamaran to Rockefeller for $10,000 in cash at the beginning of the summer. "He's a very engaging guy with big ideas. I trusted him completely."

Rockefeller told Boswell that he owns Obsidian Realty Co. - a claim seemingly substantiated when they did a business deal in the company's Fells Point office after hours, Boswell said...

The two became friendly, sharing a drink at a neighborhood bar. There Rockefeller described his plans to purchase the historic Mayflower Theater in West Baltimore from the city and restore it.

He talked about his friends at the Century Club, a tony New York City social center...

Is this really the way one hides? One goes from being fake gentry in Boston to being fake gentry in Baltimore? Well, it's not the way one hides successfully, anyway.

As far as the mother, you will be relieved to hear that I have no intention of throwing stones. I'm sure she's a wonderful mother who loves her little girl very much, and I am happy for her. Simultaneously, I am sad for the father, who seems to have been brought down by remarkable hubris. He's not going to see much of his daughter in the future, and it's his own fault.

It does seem a bit odd to be married to someone for twelve years and not know who he is. It seems the mother was completely taken in for a long time. I'd be interested to hear more about how such a thing could happen, and wonder if we will. I imagine that she had creeping suspicions for years that she unwisely suppressed, rather than being surprised at the divorce proceedings.

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Having no identity

Isn't it hard to have no known identity and also be married? A joint tax return requires Social Security Numbers from both spouses, even if only one has income.

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Evidently

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Evidently, it's hard but not impossible...

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married filing separately? fraudulent ssn?

We know that Rock avoided situations where he was required to give up information like his social security number, such as his divorce agreement. So it could be that they are married filing separately, and he didn't need to file because he had no income. If marriage license applications require a social security number, it would be interesting to see where that number leads or if its fraudulent. Answers to these questions will surely be in the news shortly.

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It is easy. You simply say

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It is easy. You simply say you have someone who has handled your taxes for years because you have money tied up in complex trusts and other financial instruments and that they're too complicated to file jointly.

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did Rock file income tax?

It's not clear Rock filed income tax. He is not obligated to file if he has no income... he was the stay-home dad, mom raked it $1.4million as a management consultant.

If joint, the wife gets the husband as a dependent. They probably already make too much to be lower than any cut off. I'm not sure about the effect of rates, but I would expect that they'd do better married filing separately than joint, not that it's a huge difference given her income, his income and their tax bracket.

The marriage penalty comes when both spouses have income.

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Tax difference, married filing jointly vs separately

Grossly oversimplifying, let's assume that one spouse makes about $1 million a year, the other has no income, and there are no capital gains, capital losses, mortgage interest deductions, interest, dividends, or any other complicating factors.

I'll further ignore the standard deduction and personal exemptions (that's why I said "about" $1 million/year)

If they file jointly, the tax is $96,770 plus 35% on the income over $357,700, which comes out to $321,820.

If they file separately, the tax is $48,385 plus 35% on the income over $178,850, which comes out to $335,788.

The 'penalty' for filing separately is $13,968 -- not a gigantic amount for a couple with this income, but still enough that most people would want to avoid it.

(Also, if a married couple file separately, I believe both have to file even if one has no income.)

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value of filing jointly or separately doesn't drive the decision

I'll concede your tax law expertise and your math. I don't think the value of filing jointly or separately would drive the decision. Here's why, she makes 1.4 million a year and gave him 1 million in the divorce. He has an identity to hide and an identity to protect and went as far as making one of the conditions of their divorce a consideration that would help him to conceal his social security number. You think she'd have made an issue of whether they ought to file jointly or separately because of $13K? I don't. We already know he doesn't want to put his ssn in play. By the way, the assertion I made about taxes in my last post about, which you dismissed as "grossly oversimplifying", was an opinion from a friend CPA who works in the tax practice at PwC.

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'Grossly oversimplifying'

was my description of the scenario I presented in my post. It was not a description of anything you said.

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"I don't think"

I don't think this woman ever saw Reigh as anything more than a weapon to use against her husband during a nasty divorce proceeding.
- Posted by Brian Maloney

I don't see one iota of substantiation for this remark by Brian Maloney. He refers to a "financially mismanaged home of author Edith Wharton" and "her ties to discredited, bank-busting New York Senator Chucky Schumer" but nothing about how Ms Boss relates to her daughter.

Calling Swirrly - Would you give this a close read and tell me what I'm missing?

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Mr. Mom wasn't going to get

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Mr. Mom wasn't going to get many jobs without a license, ss #, and well, an identity.

House-husband is about the only position for an uneducated, mis-accented, unidentifiable person

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not convincing

Because Brian Maloney cites no information about the nature of Mrs. Boss parenting skills and no information that would lead a reasonable person to conclude "Reigh Is The Real Victim" or even that her mother ignores her... "Reigh is now free to go back overseas to be ignored by her mother."

I would guess the claims are based on a faulty assumption and incorrect inference about Mrs. Boss's parenting simply because she is a professional women. Lots of kids have two parents that work, lots of kids have two parents that work who are both professionals. Reigh has one.

What if her one parent was a dad who worked. Would anyone call Reign a victim or 'ignored' in that case without evidence?

Calling the kid a victim or ignored because of the mom's profession is, in large writ, sexism. Show some evidence to the contrary and I'll concur, or make an argument for an drawing a different conclusion.

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Don't bother him with complicated reality

It would seem that Mr. Maloney's having a classic "father's rights" movement moment. Even though there is some merit in a few of their talking points, every custody battle is simply the same story over and over again, you see, even when it is not.

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Yawn

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I'm not quite sure how Brian knows the details of Reigh's relationship with her mother in London, but then again conservative pundits all seem to have a high degree of omniscience these days. Why don't you get back to saving WRKO Brian?

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fingerprints unconfirmed link to muder


Authorities are actively investigating the possibility that accused kidnapper Clark Rockefeller is concealing a violent past, after his fingerprints provided an unusual, but still unconfirmed, link to a killing in California from many years ago, according to two law enforcement officials.

Fingerprints deepen a mystery
Authorities look at possible link between kidnap suspect, Calif. slaying
By Maria Cramer and Eric Moskowitz
August 5, 2008

How did Mrs. Boss find out Clark was not who he said he was? (I'm guessing: She got suspicious and hired an investigator.) What made her suspicions? (dunno)

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Compelling motivation

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Now there's a compelling motivation - no statute of limitations for first-degree murder. On the other hand, if this murder happened just a decade ago, it's not a 'previous life thing,' as it happened while "Clark Rockefeller" was already married to Boss. What, did he fly out for a fun-filled murder weekend? I wonder if we'll hear more about the timing of that.

Besides who is he really, the other thing I'm wondering is if he's going to write a book. He's certainly got imagination. Sez the Herald:

On the lam, he chose a new downwardly mobile social image. No longer the scion of a wealthy family, he claimed in Baltimore he was a contract captain for luxury yachts based in Chile, even wearing nautical garb to complete his salty image as Charles “Chip” Smith.

“He said he was from Boston and that he was a captain moving ships for wealthy people,” said a source with knowledge of Rockefeller’s real estate dealings in Baltimore. “He’s a sick person.”

Yar, Captain Chip Smith a su servicio, straight from Chile.
And who else has he been? He's almost as much fun as Frederic Bourdin.

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maggie has an ear for lyrics

I've got a feeling
I'm going to get a lot of grief
Once this seemed so appealing
Now I am beyond belief

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