A Connecticut man, Edward Savio, said he told federal authorities he believes Clark Rockefeller's story begins in Connecticut in 1979 when a German exchange student named Christian Gerharts Reiter placed an advertisement in a Connecticut newspaper looking for a place to stay.
I received an email from Steve Savio confirming this information. Steve also told me that after Reiter left his mother's home in Connecticut he went to Michigan and then on to California. He once told her he was planning on voting in an upcoming election and when asked how he could vote without being a citizen he told her "he had it all taken care of."
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Hex Correspondent Ian noted that Reiter/Rockefeller reminded him of Tom Ripley
, Patricia Highsmith's
amoral murderer, identity thief and star of several books and films. Curiously, Steve Savio points out in this article
that Reiter was a film buff and would speak of remaking Hitchcock films. Hitchcock adapted Highsmith's Strangers on a Train