Guess my prediction about the Rockefeller kidnapping saga leaving the spotlight was a little off. The accused kidnapper’s true identity is still a mystery. According to the Post, Rockefeller told detectives that it was “all a fog,” and he doesn’t remember who he really is.
The suspense is ramping up as Rockefeller may be linked to the 1985 disappearance of a California couple on their honeymoon. He bears a very strong resemblance to Christopher Chichester, the tenant of Jonathan and Linda Sohus. The Boston Globe reported Rockefeller’s fingerprints matched those of an out-of-state driver’s license application belonging to a suspect in the Sohus disappearance. You can judge for yourself by looking at either tabloid. (The News doesn’t appear to have the Chichester photo online.) Both feature pictures of Rockefeller and Chichester, with the Post putting them side-by-side. The resemblance is striking, right down to the glasses.
The photos in each paper seem to reinforce the connotations of Rockefeller’s character in each respective tab’s articles. The Post is heavy on the con-man narrative and uses a photo of a smiling Rockefeller in handcuffs in Baltimore to show how genial he can be. The article notes Rockefeller greeted reporters with a “cordial ‘Hello'” as he arrived at the Baltimore airport for his flight to Boston. The News is pushing the “creepy monster” angle, using a photo of a glowering Rockefeller in cuffs. The headline for the story about the Sohus’ disappearance is “SNOOKS’ DAD EYED IN MURDER.” (In 1994, remains were in the Sohus’s backyard. They were later identified as those of Jonathan Sohus.) The Post hed plays up the suspense: “ROCKE-SHOCKER IN 1985 MYSTERY.”
Every time you think this is over, the Rockefeller story grows more legs. It’s going to make one hell of a true crime book. Or a Law & Order episode.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 6, 2008