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San Marino locals may know Rockefeller

August 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The FBI has accused Clark Rockefeller of kidnapping his daughter in Boston. However, he has now become a person of interest in the murders of a Southern California couple. Dan Banks says he met Clark Rockefeller in the 1980s at The Church of Our Saviour in San Marino. He says Rockefeller was known as Christopher Chichester then.

Banks says Chichester was a smooth talker, who always spoke to his daughter outside of church.

"And I asked her what's going on. And she says, 'I don't know, I don't want to talk to him.' So, the following Sunday, I confronted him. I got between them and I said, 'Chris, you are no longer going to be making contact with my daughter, you understand?'" said Banks.

Cori Woods says her family invited Chichester over for Christmas dinner in the 1980s. She says he even tried to take her out when she was only 11 years old.

"I believe he called my mother the next day and asked if he could take me to the movies. And my mother said, 'Absolutely not.' And that was kind of the last thing I remember about him," said Woods.

Rockefeller is the talk of this small community once more. Earlier this week he was arrested in Boston for kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter.

Authorities say fingerprints from that case match those of Christopher Chichester, a man who lived in the guest house of a San Marino home. Authorities say he could be responsible for the 1985 disappearance of the couple who owned that home, John and Linda Sohus.

"I was convinced then, and I still am, that he's the perpetrator of the crime," said Banks.

Human remains were found in the backyard of the Sohus home. The remains are believed to be those of the San Marino couple.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detectives are in Boston trying to interview Rockefeller about the case.

Rockefeller's attorney says his client will not cooperate.

"Of course not. I wouldn't allow him to talk to police, whether he's innocent or guilty. Any lawyer would not allow a client to talk to the police," said Stephen Hrones, Rockefeller's attorney.

 

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