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08/07/08 Greenwich police interviewed the Savio Family in 1988 about a connection between Reiter and the disappearance of Jonathan and Linda Sohus,



The Greenwich Police Department Apparently Did Not Detain A Man Who Had No Social Security Number, Social Security, Birth Records or Driver’s License And Was Trying To Sell A Car In A California Missing Person's Case That Eventually Turned In To A Murder Investigation

08/07/08 Feds investigate if Rockefeller was German student

News Times

Article Last Updated: 08/07/2008 11:32:44 PM


BERLIN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut family is convinced the mysterious man accused of kidnapping his daughter in Boston and wanted for questioning in the 1985 disappearance of a California couple was a German student who lived with them decades ago.

Immigration officials confirmed Thursday they have joined the investigation into the background of Clark Rockefeller, who is jailed in Boston on charges he snatched his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh, last month in an elaborately planned kidnapping.

Steve Savio, 39, of Berlin, Conn., said Thursday he is "100 percent certain" that Rockefeller is the same person who boarded with his family in 1980 under the name Christian Gerhart Reiter at age 17.

"The first pictures I saw of him when he didn't have any glasses on, didn't look anything like him," Savio said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. "But the pictures after he was apprehended, with the glasses, those look just like him."

Savio said Greenwich police interviewed his family in 1988 about a possible connection between Reiter and the disappearance of Jonathan and Linda Sohus, of San Marino, Calif.

The FBI and German authorities interviewed them this week about Reiter and Rockefeller, he said.

Police have said Rockefeller, 48, snatched his daughter from a Boston street on July 27 in an elaborately planned kidnapping in which he hired two people to drive them to New York.

He was caught Saturday in Baltimore, where he ad bought a home and boat. Prosecutors said 300 one-ounce gold coins and $12,000 in cash also were found in Rockefeller's apartment following his arrest.

Reigh, known to family and friends as "Snooks," was found in good condition in Baltimore and has been reunited with her mother, Sandra Boss.

Authorities have said they have no record of Rockefeller before 1993, and he claims he has no memory of his life before then. He had refused to talk to investigators or reporters.

FBI spokesman Damon Katz in Boston said an investigation is pending "to determine who this guy is," but refused to give details.

Paula Grenier, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Boston, also said agents are helping law enforcement trying to determine his identity.

Savio said his family met Reiter after answering an advertisement in a local newspaper from a visiting German teen looking for a place to live.

Savio said when Reiter first moved in, he was sweet. After several months, however, "his true colors started showing," Savio said.

"I recall him thinking he's better than the rest of us," Savio said. "I recall him telling stories about having servants growing up and like that."

Savio's mother, Gwen, described Reiter to reporters on Thursday as an elitist who complained about her Italian cooking.

"He just thought he was better than anybody else and he could do anything, and there was no way to stop him," she said.

Gwen Savio's eldest son, Edward, said Reiter attended Berlin High School with him during his senior year through the end of 1981, but that they suspected Reiter might be older than a typical high school senior.

"He claimed to be a German student, and I think he had already finished," Edward Savio, 45, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from California. "We just figured out everything was not what it was."

It could not be determined Thursday whether Reiter had been registered as a student at Berlin High School. School officials declined to comment.

"He's not in the yearbook. There's no record of him, there's no footprint of him, but he was there," Edward Savio said.

Authorities say Rockefeller is a schemer who wanted people to believe he was an heir to the oil tycoon, though the Rockefeller family says he is not.

Steve Savio said he last saw Reiter in 1981, but said the man kept in contact with his mother, telling her he was using the name Christopher Crowe to open a production company.

Steve Savio said the FBI interviewed his mother in 1988 after a man identifying himself as Christopher Crowe tried to sell a pickup truck in Connecticut belonging to the missing Californians, Jonathan and Linda Sohus. He apparently fled before authorities could track him down.

Los Angeles detectives say a man named Christopher Chichester lived on the Sohuses' property, and he also disappeared. Police now say Rockefeller's fingerprints matched those on an old license application submitted by Chichester. They also believe Chichester was one of the aliases used by Christian Gerhart Streiter.

Records show a Social Security number associated with the name Christian Gerhart Streiter - not Reiter - was issued in Connecticut about the same time Savio said Reiter lived with them.

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08/07/08 If You Want To Know What's Going On In Greenwich Read Out Of Town Newspapers


It is a well known that the Greenwich Time and the other local newspapers mainly write stories submitted by town officials via a press release.

The reporters simply run the press release through the spell checker before publishing the story in the paper.

Apparently, the Greenwich Time is not covering former Greenwich Resident Christian Gerhartsreiter AKA, Clark Rockefeller, Chris Gerharts Reiter, Christopher Chichester, Christopher Crow is not talking to the FBI or sending out press releases to the daily Greenwich Newspaper.

The problem is to properly cover this story a bunch of Greenwich Time reporters are going to have to get of there rear ends and talk to the Greenwich Minister that called the Greenwich Police Department about a suspicious car sale.

The Greenwich Post editor is going to have to send a reporter out to interview the Greenwich Family who rented a gate house to the con man.

The Greenwich Citizen is going to have to send a reporter over to the Greenwich Police Department and ask,Why didn't the department wait for the California DMV report before letting a guy selling a stolen car involved in a missing persons case go free.

Please read what the lazy reporters at the Greenwich Time, the Greenwich Post and the Greenwich Citizen have failed to deliver to you:

08/01/08 The Fake Rockefeller Has A Greenwich Connection In Doctor Hedi Leistner

Friends said Rockefeller always seemed to have his own money and had told people that at age 18 he inherited a vast estate when his parents were killed in a car wreck. But the source said Rockefeller, in fact, was broke.

"He is not a Rockefeller. He has zero money. She was his enabler," the source said....

...He told friends that a woman named Mihoko Manabe was his business partner and the trustee of his estate. She declined comment when reached at her office at Moody's Investors Services, where she is a senior credit officer.

Sources said the FBI was interested in talking to Manabe and had also reached out to one of Rockefeller's closest friends and confidantes, Hedi Leistner, a Manhattan pediatrician who has known him for years and whom he often described as his aunt.

"She has fielded all the calls of crisis in Clark's life," said a friend.

Leistner who lives in Greenwich, Conn., would not discuss her relationship with Rockefeller yesterday. She also would not say if she had been in contact with him since the abduction.

"Her father wouldn't hurt her," was all Leistner would say of Snooks.

08/06/08 Top Story - Murder Suspect Detained In Greenwich Then Allowed To Go Free - Con Man Continued To Hang Around Town

Chichester was being questioned in the disappearance of John and Linda Sohus - a young couple he was renting a room from in San Marino, an upscale suburb of Los Angeles.

John and Linda vanished and Chichester told their families they were doing work for the government and were on a top secret mission. Linda's mother even got a letter supposedly from her daughter with a postmark from Paris.

Police were called in and they began questioning Chichester. And then he vanished.

Four years later, in 1989, Chichester surfaced again. "He was stopped in Greenwich, Connecticut driving a car registered to Sohu... Police in Greenwich notified the police department that they had this truck linked to a missing person from Los Angeles County, but the case never went anywhere and Chichester disappeared again," Giradot said.

08/06/08 Did The Greenwich Police Department Question Clarke Rockeffeller Then Let Him Go Free

1985: John and Linda Sohus of San Marino disappear, last seen in February by Christopher Crowe Mountbatten Chichester, a man claiming to be the son of a British aristocrat and the lone tenant of their guest house. Authorities come to believe Chichester is an alias of Gerhart Streiter. Relatives and friends receive postcards from Paris signed by Linda Sohus, but investigators are unable to determine if the handwriting is the missing woman’s.

Chichester leaves the guest house in April. 1988:

A truck belonging to the Sohuses turns up 3,000 miles away in Greenwich, Conn. A man calling himself Christopher Crowe had tried to sell it to the son to a local minister. Rather than buy it, he reports it to police. Authorities determine Chichester and Crowe are the same person.

1993: A man calling himself Clark Rockefeller turns up in New York City, quickly ascending to high society and boasting of his priceless art collection.

1994: Workers digging a hole for a pool at the former Sohus property on Lorain Road in San Marino unearth a trisected skeleton wrapped in plastic bags. Authorities believe it is the body of John Sohus and want to question Chichester, described as an urbane gentleman who endeared himself to the rich.

1994: Clark Rockefeller weds Ivy League-educated consultant Sandra Boss on Nantucket. No marriage certificate is filed.

1995: The TV show “Unsolved Mysteries” airs a segment on the Sohus case, titled “Chichester - San Marino Bones.” It concludes by saying authorities want to speak with a German native named Christian Gerhard Streiter, aka Christopher Chichester, aka Christopher Crowe.

May 24, 2001: Reigh Storrow Rockefeller is born.

2006: Boss buys a $2.3 million Beacon Hill brownstone.

08/07/08 For Days Newspapers around the world are reporting about the fake Rockeffeller, but the Greenwich Time and the local newspapers are clueless

Newspapers from around the nation and world are developing the story as the so-called Greenwich News Web sites are oblivious to the story.

There are now reports that the the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed it is investigating whether Rockefeller is also an elusive German national known as Christian Gerhart Streiter, who also has used the name Reiter.

Law enforcement officials suspect Streiter, a onetime exchange student in Connecticut, is the same man as Rockefeller and Chichester.

Streiter spent a great deal of time in Greenwich, but the Greenwich Time, Greenwich post and the Greenwich Citizen news web sites know nothing about this.

08/07/08 Feds investigate if Rockefeller was German student

News Times

BERLIN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut family is convinced the mysterious man accused of kidnapping his daughter in Boston and wanted for questioning in the 1985 disappearance of a California couple was a German student who lived with them decades ago.

Immigration officials confirmed Thursday they have joined the investigation into the background of Clark Rockefeller, who is jailed in Boston on charges he snatched his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh, last month in an elaborately planned kidnapping...

... Savio said Greenwich police interviewed his family in 1988 about a possible connection between Reiter and the disappearance of Jonathan and Linda Sohus, ...

08/07/08 Kidnapping Suspect May Have Lived In Berlin

Hartford Courant

...Steve Savio, 39, of Berlin, Conn., said Thursday he is "100 percent certain" that Rockefeller is the same person who boarded with his family in 1980 under the name Christian Gerhart Reiter at age 17.

"The first pictures I saw of him when he didn't have any glasses on, didn't look anything like him," Savio said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. "But the pictures after he was apprehended, with the glasses, those look just like him."

Savio said Greenwich police interviewed his family in 1988 about a possible connection between Reiter and the disappearance of Jonathan and Linda Sohus, ...

08/07/08 Kidnapper may have Conn. link

New Haven Register

HARTFORD - A Connecticut man says he is convinced the mysterious man accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter in Boston was a German student who boarded with his family decades ago.

Steve Savio of Berlin says he's "100 percent certain" that Clark Rockefeller is the same person who lived in the Savio family home under the name Christian Gerhart Reiter at age 17.

They had answered Reiter's newspaper advertisement seeking a place to live, Savio said.

Savio confirmed a report in Thursday's Boston Herald that the FBI has interviewed his family.

He said they also talked to Greenwich police in the late 1980s about Reiter and his possible connection to a missing California couple, whose stolen truck was found in Connecticut ...

08/07/08 Kidnapping suspect arrested in Baltimore investigated in cold case

The Capital

SAN MARINO, Calif. — He calls himself Clark Rockefeller, and police say for years he's been dining out on the illustrious name, pretending to be an heir to the oil tycoon.
But investigators want to know whether the man dubbed "Crockefeller" and "Rockephony" by the tabloids is more than an impostor. They want to know if he's linked to an unsolved killing.

The bespectacled 48-year-old has been jailed since being accused of abducting his daughter from Boston's high-society Back Bay neighborhood. Authorities are now trying to determine whether he's connected to a bag of human bones and a married couple who vanished nearly a quarter-century ago from this wealthy Los Angeles suburb......

... Authorities came close to Chichester in the late 1980s when he was pulled over in Greenwich, Conn., driving Sohus' truck. But by the time the Department of Motor Vehicles had confirmed it was Sohus' truck, Chichester and the vehicle had vanished. ...

08/07/08 Rockefeller may have been German student in Conn.

NewsTimesLive.com

... Savio said Greenwich police interviewed his family in 1988 ....

...Savio said his family met Reiter after answering an advertisement in a local newspaper from a visiting German teen looking for a place to live.

"Apparently he met someone on a train in Germany from Meriden and they exchanged addresses, and he just showed up on their doorstep six months later looking for a place to live," Savio said.

Savio said when Reiter first moved in, he was sweet. After several months, however, "his true colors started showing," Savio said.

"I recall him thinking he's better than the rest of us," Savio said. "I recall him telling stories about having servants growing up and like that."....

08/07/08 Mystery Man May Have Stayed With CT Family

WFSB-TV Hartford

....Savio's wife, Gwen, said Reiter went to school with her eldest son, Edward. She said Reiter only stayed with the family for seven months, but things went sour because of his elitist attitude.....

... a report in Thursday's Boston Herald that the FBI has interviewed his family. He said they also talked to Greenwich police in the late 1980s about Reiter and his possible connection to a missing California couple, whose stolen truck was found in ...

08/07/08 New Clues On Rockefeller Lead To More Questions

CBS 4

SAN MARINO, Calif. (CBS News) ― The man in the glasses is not the heir to an oil fortune, that much is known. But who exactly is he? Clark Rockefeller says he's not even sure himself.

After years of trading on the famous name, the man dubbed "Crockefeller" and "Rockephony" by the tabloids has had his story take another strange turn as authorities explore whether he may be a long-missing man linked to a California killing that's been unsolved for more than 20 years.

Rockefeller's attorney says his client can't remember anything in his life prior to his 1995 marriage, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace, but prosecutors in the kidnapping case aren't buying it. They're calling Rockefeller more of a schemer than someone having trouble with memory....

... Hadsell said. Authorities came close to Chichester in the late 1980s when he was pulled over in Greenwich, Conn., driving Sohus' truck. ...

...Neighbors on Wednesday remembered Chichester as a smooth talker who was well-dressed and seemed well-educated. He did all the right things to ingratiate himself with his upscale neighbors, including volunteering at the local library, said Ray Cornwall, a neighbor who has lived in the community since the 1970s.

"He's a prototype con man. He's really good at it," said Cornwall, whose daughter dated Chichester briefly in the mid-1980s. "It's going to be hard to prove anything, because he's not left any permanent trail. It's all smoke and mirrors."

08/07/08 Rockefeller' person of interest in Calif. mystery

WHDH

SAN MARINO, Calif. -- When Clark Rockefeller was arrested on the East Coast on charges of kidnapping his daughter, he told police he didn't remember anything about his past.

Police think otherwise and they want him to fill in the blanks that could connect him to a bag of human bones and a married couple who vanished nearly a quarter century ago in this wealthy Los Angeles suburb.

Two homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were in Boston on Wednesday to question Rockefeller about Jonathan and Linda Sohus, who vanished without a trace in 1985. But Rockefeller refused to meet with them when they came to the jail, where he's being held without bail....

...Police explored various possibilities, including that Chichester had been in love with Linda Sohus and murdered her husband in a fit of jealousy, Frank Wills, San Marino's former police chief, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

But then Chichester disappeared, too, and Sohus' mother died in 1988 without any answers.

Lili Hadsell, a former San Marino police sergeant who took the initial missing persons report, said the mother later reported receiving postcards from Linda Sohus from Paris...

...he was pulled over in Greenwich, Conn., driving Sohus' truck. ..,

08/07/08 Boston man investigated in California cold case

Monterey County Herald

...But police have realized Rockefeller's fingerprints matched those on an old license application submitted by Christopher Chichester—a man who lived in a guesthouse on the Sohus' property and was a target of the initial investigation before disappearing himself.

John and Linda," Hadsell said. Authorities came close to Chichester in the late 1980s when he was pulled over in Greenwich, Conn., driving Sohus' truck. But by the time the Department of Motor Vehicles had confirmed it was Sohus' truck, Chichester ...

08/07/08 Forensic expert weighs in on San Marino case

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

SAN MARINO - A forensic expert with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Wednesday that a man whose remains were unearthed in a San Marino backyard in 1994 likely died from a head wound.

Steve Dowell, a tool mark expert for the Department of Coroner, said that while the bones have not been identified, they are likely the remains of John Sohus, who disappeared along with his wife, Linda, from their Lorain Road home in 1985.

Coroner's investigators have classified the case as a homicide, he said.

"It's a simple conclusion: Why else would they be stuffed into a plastic bag and buried in the backyard?" he said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have identified Clark Rockefeller, who was,,,,

... He was not heard from again until police stopped him in Greenwich, Conn., in the late 1980s. Later, police determined the truck Chichester was driving belonged to John Sohus.

Ruth Sohus told a family friend at the time that John Sohus took several of her credit cards before he disappeared. Charges were made with those cards in New York, said Linda Wetherbee, a family friend.

The disappearance of her son was devastating for Ruth Sohus, who had to sell her house and move into a mobile home in La Puente after suffering a stroke in late 1985.

"We would go to her house and find her sobbing uncontrollably, saying they could have at least sent a letter saying they weren't coming back," family friend Don Wetherbee said at the time.

At some point, Ruth Sohus told relatives she was in contact with her son and his wife through an intermediary, claiming they were on a secret mission. In an episode about the missing persons case, the television show "Unsolved Mysteries" identified the intermediary as Chris Chichester, according to the Boston Herald.

Aside from mysterious postcards from France signed "Linda and John" sent months after the couple vanished, the two were never heard from again..

08/07/08 Frank Girardot: Man's arrest opens bi-coastal mystery

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

... son and daughter-in-law were on a secret mission. In 1989, Chichester briefly resurfaced in another tony enclave - Greenwich, Conn. He was in possession of John Sohus' truck. Then he vanished - just as neatly. Almost forgotten really, until the ..

08/07/08 Boston man questioned in 1985 Calif. mystery

SouthCoastToday.com

... resolution for John and Linda." Authorities came close to Chichester in the late 1980s when he was pulled over in Greenwich, Conn., driving Sohus' truck. But by the time the Department of Motor Vehicles had confirmed it was Sohus' truck, Chichester .

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O8/07/08 PRESS ADVISORY: Jim Himes To Watch Primary Results in Norwalk

Jim Himes for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2008
Contact: Michael Sachse, 646 265-0556, Michael@HimesforCongress.com

JIM HIMES TO WATCH PRIMARY RESULTS IN NORWALK

BRIDGEPORT, CT: On Tuesday, August 12, Jim Himes, Democratic Candidate for Congress will join supporters to watch primary results at Black Bear Saloon in South Norwalk, beginning at 8:30 P.M.

WHO: Jim Himes, Democratic candidate for Congress

WHAT: Jim will join supporters to watch results of the Fourth Congressional District Primary.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 12 at 8:30 PM.

WHERE: Black Bear Saloon, 80 Washington St., Norwalk, CT 06850




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08/07/08 For what It's Worth Adds Up The Costs In Byram (Updated)


What's That Giant Flushing Sound We Are Hearing In Byram

What is it about Byram?


by Chris Fountain

...
The Byram Library expansion project is behind schedule and, worse, has soared from a $2.7 million budget to $4.8, a figure which is presumably still climbing. How in Hell do you miss a cost estimate by this much? I can only guess that the same folks who have dealt so well with our Hamilton Avenue and Glenville schools turned their attention to storing books, but maybe they should retire. "Only" $1.3 million of Greenwich taxpayer money is sunk in this mire, but it's still appalling. Sheesh!

For What It's Worth - http://greenwichrealestate.blogspot.com/

UPDATE MORE FROM FOR WHAT IT"S WORTH:
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08/07/08 Lee Whitnum's first campaign ad is broadcast in Greenwich.



Lee Whitnum Goes Down Swinging At Himes

This has been a strange primary and it's almost as strange as how the Greenwich Time Online Opinion page has not been balanced.

In Whitnum's op-ed (which was for some reason NOT published online), she said that she felt she was getting a raw deal from the Town Democratic Committee.

Ms. Witnum said, "I did not garner any delegates at the convention because I did not attend the Democratic convention. Himes saw to it that I would be shut out from speaking; there was no point."

Is Whitnum Now Getting A Raw Deal From The Greenwich Time Editors?

The Greenwich Time Opinion has not appeared to be balanced at all....

Since Wednesday uly 3oth, The Greenwich Time has featured the same letter bashing Lee Whitnum from Democratic State Committee member and local attorney David Singer on it's

Letters From Readers Page

Please see:

Whitnum is to blame for lack of convention role
To the editor: In her "rebuttal" to Sarah Darer Littman's column July 22, petitioning candidate Lee Whitnum claimed that she was somehow shut out of the nominating convention to select the Democratic Party's candidate for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District ("Column was an unfair attack on 4th District campaign," Greenwich Time Opinion page, July 25).....

Has the Greenwich Time Editor's been republishing Ms. Singer's letter everyday, for the last nine days because they are endorsing Jim Himes,?

Please see:


In most primary elections, it's really the concerned party's business as to who it picks to represent it......

Or are the Greenwich Time editors repeatedly running Mr. Singer's letter for eight days in a vain attempt to kiss and make up with the local Democratic party for firing Sarah Littman

MOREOVER, THE GREENWICH TIMES REPORTING

HAS NOT BEEN VERY FAIR;


When Ms. Witnum qualified for the ballot Jim Himes ran his first ad the Greenwich Time and the Stamford Advocate ran multiple stories like this....

Himes' congressional TV ads debut

NORWALK - No need to double check your calendar - those political ads popping up on television don't mean it's time to put away the swimsuit, start packing school lunches and rake the leaves.

Many residents in Greenwich wonder if Ms. Witnum's ad is ignored and Mr. Himes ad is heavily promoted by the Greenwich Time, because Mr. Himes will most likely be buying a lot of Greenwich Time ad space, as well as, a lot of ad space in the Greenwich Time's corporately affiliated newspapers such as the....
  • Greenwich Citizen
  • The Stamford Advocate
  • The Norwalk Advocate
  • The Conneticut Post
  • And several other weekly newspapers
Is the Greenwich Time putting corporate

GREED ahead of fair reporting?


Has the Greenwich Time Editors made a financial decision about how the Democratic primary will be covered in the 4th District Of Connecticut?


Did the Greenwich Time Editor say something like......"Let's not piss Jim off and lose those ad dollars if Witnum is going to lose anyway."

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08/07/08 For Days Newspapers around the world are reporting about the fake Rockeffeller being In Greenwich, but the Greenwich Time is clueless


Linda and John Sohus, above, vanished in 1985.

Photo Gallery:


The case in California


Why Has All Three Greenwich Newspaper Websites Totally Missed The Greenwich Angle Of The Clarke Rockefeller Saga?

Newspapers from around the nation and world are developing the story as the so-called Greenwich News Web sites are oblivious to the story.

There are now reports that the the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed it is investigating whether Rockefeller is also an elusive German national known as Christian Gerhart Streiter, who also has used the name Reiter.

Law enforcement officials suspect Streiter, a onetime exchange student in Connecticut, is the same man as Rockefeller and Chichester.

Streiter spent a great deal of time in Greenwich, but the Greenwich Time, Greenwich post and the Greenwich Citizen news web sites know nothing about this.

Please see:

Some suspected skeletons in dad’s closet
Boston Herald, United States
By Marie Szaniszlo and Laurel J. Sweet To those accustomed to Clark Rockefeller’s charm, news that Los Angeles-area police want to question him about the ...

Boston Man that Kidnapped Daughter Is Now Suspect in California ...
Blogger News Network
The man accused of kidnapping his 7 year daughter, Reigh Rockefeller and led police on a week long manhunt is to be interviewed by Los Angeles police that ...

Heir today, gone tomorrow
Boston Herald, United States
By Mike Underwood SAN MARINO, Calif. - The man known as Christopher Chichester in this posh southern California enclave was an eloquent, enthusiastic young ...

Boston man investigated in California cold case
The Southern Ledger, TN
Clark Rockefeller is seen during his arraignment at a Boston municipal court, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 in Boston. Rockefeller was extradited from Baltimore to ...

Rockefeller refuses to meet with LA investigators
Boston Globe, United States
Accused kidnapper Clark Rockefeller has refused to talk to two homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department who have called him a "person ...

Man accused in Boston kidnapping now investigated in disappearance ...
The Observer Blog, UK
The man charged in connection with the kidnapping of his seven-year-old London-based daughter is to be interviewed by Los Angeles police investigating the ...

Rockefeller attorney denies link to Calif. case
Pioneer Times-Journal, NM
By NANCY KELSEY, AP Writer 21 minutes ago BOSTON - The Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Department confirmed Tuesday it was sending two homicide detectives to ...

Please Also See:

The Suspect Known as Clark Rockefeller on Wall Street

Universal Hub

Dave Copeland, who knows something about criminals and New York, makes some calls to learn about "Rockefeller's" less than illustrious career on Wall Street back in the Gordon Gekko days:

... But after two days at Lehman, Rockefeller told his supervisors that he needed to take time off to search for his parents, who he said had gone missing in Afghanistan. Sources said Rockefeller – who told co-workers at Nikko he was film director Christoher Crowe – was dismissed by Lehman. Rockefeller even invited co-workers to the Greenwich, Conn. guest house he was renting for screenings of “his” movies. Rockefeller claimed he was living in the guest house because his own home was being renovated, a claim that co-workers assumed was one of his tall tales.

Within days of his dismissal from Lehman, Connecticut State Police detectives arrived at the offices of both Lehman and Nikko looking to question Rockefeller. ...

One guess what they might have wanted to question him about. Yep.

MORE:

08/01/08 The Fake Rockefeller Has A Greenwich Connection In Doctor Hedi Leistner

AND:

08/06/08 Did The Greenwich Police Department Question Clark Rockefeller And Then Let Him Go Free?


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08/07/08 Greenwich Post News Links For Thurdsday


Greenwich Post's Top Story

Headline:

Surprise !!!! Well Financed And Wealthy Wealthy Greenwich Guy Will Defeat Under financed Greenwich Lady Who Lives In Affordable Housing

Will Lee Whitnu's 15 minutes Of Fame Be Over Tomorrow's Democratic Primary

Quotes:


“My life has been greatly affected by politicians who I view as being out-of-touch or in the pockets of special interest groups,” Lee Whitnum said. “We need to elect people who are savvy. I speak the truth and if that’s too much, then vote for the other guy.”

“We have the costliest system in the industrialized world, with sub-par results,”
said Mr. Himes supports a public/private hybrid of universal health care. “If we are going to cover everybody, we have to be creative about reducing costs within the system.”

“Sorry, if you’re illegal, start the process,”
Lee Whitnum said of illegal immigrants . “If it means returning home for a while, that’s the way it is.”


The Story:

Primary battle set for Tuesday, Democrats pick their challenger


Fourth Congressional District Democrats will decide Tuesday which of two Greenwich residents will get the chance to challenge the only New England Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jim Himes, the Democratic Party’s convention-endorsed candidate, is being challenged by fellow Greenwich resident Lee Whitnum...

...Mr. Himes, 42, is a former Greenwich Democratic Town Committee chairman. “We’re taking this very seriously, even though Ms. Whitnum has taken positions which can charitably be described as out of the mainstream,” Mr. Himes told Hersam Acorn Newspapers on Monday.

The 48-year-old Greenwich resident and substitute teacher openly admits she’s raw and unpolished and doesn’t always say what people want to hear, from immigration to the war in Afghanistan — particularly in comparison to her party-endorsed competition.

But, she said, her voice is the only one speaking for the people.

“You can’t buy the heart and soul and experience I bring to this campaign,” she told Hersam Acorn Newspapers last week. “And people know when you’re one of the people.”....

MORE:

Tunout expected to be low for Tuesday's electionTunout expected to be low for Tuesday's election
Turnout is expected to be low for the Democrats’ 4th Congressional District primary between party-convention-endorsed Jim Himes and petitioning candidate Lee Whitnum.

Board looks to keep Glenville kids together
The school board’s self-imposed “drop dead date” of Aug. 8 is about to come and go without the new Hamilton Avenue School getting its temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO). In an effort to avoid dispersing Glenville School students throughout district schools this fall as their school goes under construction, the school board is reconsidering its options.

On July 29, the board approved a plan that if a TCO was received by Aug. 8, it would delay opening Hamilton Avenue and allow the Glenville students to use the modulars for the regularly scheduled Aug. 27 opening of school. Glenville School is scheduled to be demolished this summer, but where students will be in the fall remains a mystery since the modular classrooms they are scheduled to use might still be needed by Hamilton Avenue if construction of the new school isn’t complete.....

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08/07/08 - Greenwich Time News Links: Fictitious President From Texas Stops Kelly Of Greenwich's Repeal Of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" from becoming law


Dan Kelly, 17, was a state representative at the Boys and Girls Nation conference that was held at Washington. He works during the summer as a life guard at Milbank Club.
(Helen Neafsey/Greenwich Time photo)

Greenwich Time Top Story
Headline:

American Legion Post 29 Surely Is Proud Of Their Fictitious Lawmaker Who Tried To Put An End To "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Quote:

"Everybody else was trying all these gimmicks in their speeches, like stepping down into the crowd or listing their accomplishments in student government," Greenwich High School senior Dan Kelly recalled. "I just thought it would be best to get people excited about the program, so I talked about what a great opportunity we have" to participate in Boys State.



GHS senior makes waves in Washington

By Colin Gustafson Greenwich Time Staff Writer

Greenwich High School senior Dan Kelly never imagined he'd have such an impressive political resume by age 18.

A Junior Olympics water-polo player who is working as a lifeguard this summer, Kelly was one of two people selected out of more than 200 Connecticut students to attend Boys Nation, a program in Washington that introduces high school seniors to the workings of the federal government.

Kelly was chosen in June to represent his home state while attending a similar program, Boys State, which teaches students about local, county and state politics by having them participate in a mock government in Willimantic.

He was chosen, along with six other Greenwich students, to participate in the Boys State after interviewing with members of American Legion Post 29 in Glenville, which sponsors the program.

The other students chosen to participate in Boys State, which was held at Eastern Connecticut State University, were Collin Peck-Gray, David Goldstein, Lee Moskowitz, Michael Drittel, Tom Sassos and Scott Marschall.....

....Another bill that he supported, abolishing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military, passed the legislature one day, only to get vetoed by the Boys Nation "president," a student from Texas, the next.

Despite such disappointments, Kelly said the program was a valuable learning experience. "There were so many brilliant kids there, it was incredible to get to hear their views firsthand, even if you didn't agree, he said.

"Back in Greenwich, you can sit around a debate the issues that don't always directly impact on your life," he added. "But when you talk to kids who are dealing with those issues - the Alaskan kids who support oil drilling, or the Texan kids who have twenty new students in their class every year because of immigration - then it's different," he added. "It really opens your mind and gives you something to think about."

The Boys State program was started by the American Legion in 1935 to educate students about the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Boys Nation was started in 1946. Among those attending Boys State and Boys Nation was President Clinton.

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More Greenwich Time News Links For Thursday:

Wiffle ball tourney in the works
Welcome to Greenwich, the new hotbed of Wiffle ball. As if the town wasn't already associated with Wiffle ball, one of the teens at the center of the recent Wiffle-gate controversy is organizing a tournament at the Greenwich Polo Club next month with backing from police, the United Way of Greenwich, members of the business community and the company that invented the sport.

Hospital gets OK for angioplasty program
After a three-year trial period, Greenwich Hospital has been approved for a permanent angioplasty program, guaranteeing a new level of emergency care in the event of cardiac problems.

With critical shortages of blood supply across the state, Greenwich Hospital is doing what it can to conserve its supply.

Late-night fire guts mansion
Just weeks before its owners were planning to move in, a home being remodeled at 59 Cat Rock Road was destroyed by a blaze Tuesday night that caused three firefighters to be treated for heat exhaustion.

Fire Chief Peter Siecienski said the home was not occupied when the fire was reported at 10:41 p.m. at the two-story Colonial, which is tucked away in the woods and surrounded by several large boulders on a hilltop.

The owner of the house, who town officials identified as Wayne Jervis, had been living with his family in a small guest cottage on the 4.3-acre property while their new home - scheduled for completion around Labor Day - was being built.

"They were three weeks away from moving in. It's too bad," Siecienski said Wednesday.

It took 50 firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control, according to Siecienski, who said the fire caused the partial collapse of several sections of the 13-room home

"It was totally engulfed when they arrived," Siecienski said.

Two firefighters were treated and released from Greenwich Hospital for heat exhaustion said the chief, who pointed out that the weather was hot and muggy at the time of the fire. A third firefighter was treated at the scene for similar symptoms of heat exhaustion that Siecienski said included nausea, vomiting and cramps.

  • Please see yesterday's photo of the fire
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08/07/08 Press Release

Despite leaving the limelight more than 10 years ago, life for Joan Lunden, 57, is still as busy as ever.

Meredith Blake

Despite leaving the limelight more than 10 years ago, life for Joan Lunden, 57, is still as busy as ever.

Whether its juggling her seven children, including two sets of twins under the age of 5, writing a new book, or helping launch a new line of products, the former Good Morning America co-host and Greenwich resident understands the challenges women face and the importance of taking time off.

"Women today are so incredibly overwhelmed," she said.

That is why she has recently started a summer program for women, Camp Reveille. It is a four-day and three night getaway, complete with a spa, and outdoor activities, to help rejuvenate and revitalize women ages 25 to 75 years old.

"It's just concentrated 'me time' ", she said, "It's like a time out for a woman."

The campground is situated on 100 acres of land at Camp Takajo in Naples, Maine.

08/07/08 Dinnertime Bandit trial will start Aug. 12 (updated)


HEADLINE:

The Dinner Time Bandit Scores Another Point

The Constatution Also Wins

QUOTE:

"Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights." - Junius

THE STORY:

Judge denies effort to put reporter on stand


By Monica Potts

Greenwich Time Staff Writer


STAMFORD - A judge Wednesday denied the prosecution's efforts to compel a reporter to testify in the trial of accused "dinnertime bandit" Alan Golder.

During the hearing in state Superior Court, Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. said he would file a written decision at later date.....

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Please See:

08/02/08 Prosecutor Joseph Valdes Falsely Claims That John Christoffersen's Testimony And Notes Are Needed To Prove Golder Is Guilty Of 10 Felonie

  • Disparate And Lazy Prosecutor Joseph Valde Wants The Associated Press To Save The Poorly Investigated Greenwich Police Department Case.
  • ”If people knew that every time they talked to a reporter they'd be talking to a state prosecutor, they'd stop talking to reporters,” New York attorney David Schulz said. “The state is trying to get the benefit of a reporter doing his job covering this case. That's exactly what the shield law does not allow.”
  • “It's a fishing expedition.”said Howard Ehring, Golder's public defender.
Please Also See:

08/01/08 Judge John Kavanewsky Jr Would Be A Fool To Try And Weaken Conneticuts 2006 Shield Law


  • Judge John Kavanewsky Jr had better tell the Connecticut States Attorney to have the Greenwich Police Department to hit the bricks and uncover another states witness. Otherwise Judge Kavanewsky is going to find his overturned decission in featured in law school text books.
MORE:

07/17/08 When asked if anyone in the court room appeared to be the person that she described to police she said no.

  • Howard Ehring Says Greenwich Detective's Police Work Does Not Meet Judicial Standards
  • Patricia Solari identified Alan Golder a decade ago from an array of eight photos as the intruder who robbed her home in 1997. She said she only saw him for a few seconds and that he wore a ski mask and gloves.
  • "We have a photo array here that really does not meet the standard," said Howard Ehring, a public defender representing Golder.
  • Ehring said Golder's photo had a background distinctive from the other seven photos and that police presented Solari with all the photos at once, alloing her to quickly eliminate all but two based on eye color. Ehring also said the lead investigator should not have shown her the photos because of the potential for bias.
  • Solari only saw the intruder for a few seconds and was not certain of his eye color, Ehring said. He also said she felt badgered to make an identification.
  • Solari said last week she eliminated six of the eight photos quickly because their eye color was not blue or green.
  • Asked if anyone in the court room appeared to be the person she described to police, she said no. Golder, who has blond hair and blue eyes, was in court.

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