Investigative Reporter Signs Publishing Deal For Revealing Book About Clark Rockefeller

Top Quote Frank C. Girardot, crime reporter and one of the country's leading experts on the Clark Rockefeller murder case, signed a publishing deal this week with Star Creek Entertainment for his upcoming whodunit, "Name Dropper: Investigating the Clark Rockefeller Mystery." The book will be available in early April. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 19, 2012 - As the preliminary hearing for the murder suspect best known as Clark Rockefeller gets underway, Star Creek Entertainment signed Pasadena Star-News editor and investigative reporter Frank C. Girardot to a book publishing deal.

    Girardot, 50, is nearing completion of the manuscript for his first true-life whodunit, "Name Dropper: Investigating the Clark Rockefeller Mystery." The book, scheduled for release in April, will lead readers through mounds of evidence -- much of it circumstantial -- allowing them to conclude whether or not Rockefeller killed San Marino resident John Sohus in 1985.

    Girardot led the Star-News' 2008 investigation that is likely at least partly responsible for the L.A. County District Attorney's Office's decision to file charges against Rockefeller.

    "I've been researching this book for years and it's exciting to see it finally come to fruition," said Girardot. "I know there are a lot of people interested in Clark Rockefeller and I think they'll be surprised to see where my investigation leads. I've turned up some fascinating information."

    L.A. County prosecutors believe Rockefeller is actually Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German national who came to the United States on a student visa in the late 1970s. He conned society's elite from San Marino to Beacon Hill for more than 20 years , changing his name and his life multiple times along the way.

    In 2008, Rockefeller was arrested -- and subsequently convicted -- in the kidnapping of his daughter in Boston. At the time he also was a person of interest in the disappearance of Sohus and his wife Linda. During the preliminary hearing, L.A. County prosecutors will attempt to convince a judge that Rockefeller should stand trial for Sohus' murder.

    Girardot has interviewed scores of people who knew Rockefeller when he was going by the name of Christopher Chichester in San Marino. Based on those interviews and Girardot's other research, "Name Dropper" will unravel the mystery of the cunning con man.

    The book also will focus on the DA's case against Rockefeller, as well as the defense's strategy to clear his names.

    "Frank Girardot is one of the most talented journalists in the country, and we know this is the start of a successful literary career," said Randolph Michaud, CEO of Star Creek Entertainment. "Frank's crimescene columns in the Pasadena Star-News and his online blogs are always riveting. 'Name Dropper' will leave readers spellbound, I can tell you that!"

    Girardot will appear as an expert commentator on the Rockefeller case on NBC's "Dateline" next week. He has previously appeared on that show, as well as on Greta Van Susteren's "On The Record" on FOX.

    To pre-order "Name Dropper: Investigating the Clark Rockefeller Mystery" or request an interview with Girardot, visit his website at:

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