Friday, November 27, 2020

No. 64 - Christian Gerhartsreiter (main alias Clark Rockefeller)

A German who used many aliases but whose biggest pretence was to give the impression he was a member of the Rockefeller family. The Man in the Rockefeller Suit gives the best account of his exploits but it is for the 2009 parental kidnapping of his child, Reigh Storrow “Snooks” Mills Boss, by a Harvard graduate named Sandra Boss that he is best known. Jailed for four to five years after being convicted for kidnap, he was subsequently also charged with the 1985 murder of a Californian man named Jonathan Sohus. Whilst this fantasist of the first order rots in the clink, his former wife has built a new life in Knightsbridge, London.


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Luke Durbin – Went missing in Ipswich, Suffolk in May 2006 aged 19 – Grocery store worker Luke Durbin went missing aged 19 in Ipswich, Suffolk in 2006. He has never been seen again and no trace of him found.

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Luke Durbin

Steve Cotten (AKA ‘Britain’s Grumpiest Landlord’) – The Politmore Arms, Yarde Down, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3HA – Alongside a cat named ‘Frederick Albert Hitler’ as barman, landlord of the “maddest pub in Britain” Steve Cotten is certainly eccentric.

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Steve Cotten (AKA ‘Britain’s Grumpiest Landlord’)

Mrs Filthy Piece of Toerag – Angry pensioner constituent of Boris Johnson – This purple coated pensioner told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge that she considers Prime Minister Boris Johnson “a filthy piece of toerag” in Uxbridge on 6th October 2019.

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Mrs Filthy Piece of Toerag

Angela Millington (1981 – 2014) – Murdered homeless woman – The skeletal remains of murdered homeless woman Angela Millington were found on Foulness Island in Essex in 2014 complete with a gaffer tape mask. Nobody has been convicted of her murder.

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Angela Millington (1981 – 2014)

The Cheery Street Sweeper – Knightsbridge’s cheeriest street sweeper is a joy to behold. He is quite the contrast to the Royal Borough of K&C’s incompetent, avaricious councillors.

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The Cheery Street Sweeper

Katherine Knight – This “sweet, matronly looking Australian woman” killed her partner John Price, skinned him, boiled his head in a pot and served up his body parts to his children with baked potatoes and gravy in 2000.

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Katherine Knight

2017 – The Sinners and The Saints – The Steeple Times chooses the 25 best and 25 worst people of 2017; Brenda from Bristol and the Mary Berry are crowned our winners

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Brenda from Bristol

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The Cross Word Couple (AKA ‘The Crossword Couple’)

The Pret Prayer – Pret A Manger, 15 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3HZ

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The Pret Prayer

The Pret Sleeper – Pret A Manger, 15 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3HZ

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The Pret Sleeper

Prince John Zylinski (AKA ‘Prince Twinkle Toes’)

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Prince John Zylinski

The Pret Spitter

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The Pret Spitter

Fly-fisherwoman Marina Gibson

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Marina Gibson

Margaret Wooliscroft

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Margaret Wooliscroft

Angelo Vizcaino

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Angelo Vizcaino

Mr Penny Farthing

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Mr Penny Farthing

Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

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Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

Helen Brach (AKA “The Candy Lady”, 1911 – 1977, body never found)

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Helen Brach (AKA “The Candy Lady”, 1911 – 1977, body never found)

Mikel Ruffinelli

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Mikel Ruffinelli

Ziyanda Palesa Tutu

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Ziyanda Palesa Tutu

Kensington Claus

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Kensington Claus

The Knightsbridge rose seller

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The Knightsbridge rose seller

Sam Malin and Irène Major (AKA “Lord and Lady Hailes”)

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Sam Malin and Irène Major (AKA “Lord and Lady Hailes”)

Paul and Selena Bailey

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Paul and Selena Bailey

John Bly

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John Bly

Joyce Cohen

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Joyce Cohen (formerly Joyce McDillon, née Joyce Lemay)

Malavath Poorna

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Malavath Poorna

Linda Sandler

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Linda Sandler

Pablo Salcedo

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Pablo Salcedo

Pedro López

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Pedro López (AKA “The Monster of the Andes”)

june and leon bernicoff

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June and Leon Bernicoff

Leah Chase

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Leah Chase (AKA “The Queen of Creole Cuisine”)

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Dominic and Stephanie Parker (AKA “The Posh Couple”)

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Sarah Meakin

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Julia Bradbury

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Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)

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Hannah Campbell (AKA “The Bionic Woman”)

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Candida Lycett Green (1942 – 2014; nicknamed “Wibz”)

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The musical tramp

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Doris Thompson MBE OBE (1903 – 2004) and Geoffrey Thompson (1936 – 2004)

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Charity Charity

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Kimi Räikkönen

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Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo

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Kester Thomas (1975 – 2013)

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Gavin Rankin

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Marina Oswald Porter (born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, Russian: Марина Николаевна Прусакова)

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Elena Salvoni (1920 – 2016)

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Sultan Kösen

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Boaty Boatwright (also known as Boaty Boatwright Baker)

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Cedric Robinson MBE

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Oliver Newton

Dawn Ward

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Don who's Donna at night

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Captain Pugwash (AKA ‘Captain’ Michael M. Maricic)

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Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

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Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

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Derek Bell MBE

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Pamela Jennings (better known as “Soho Pam”, 1964 - 2013)

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£50 grifter

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Parrot Man

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Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

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John Gaze (1947 - 2011)

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Charlie Richardson (1934 – 2012)

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Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012)

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Christian Gerhartsreiter (main alias Clark Rockefeller)

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The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

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Sir Peter O'Sullevan CBE (1918 – 2015)

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Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

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Claus Von Bülow

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

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Alexander Fiske-Harrison

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Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

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Umberto Scomparin


  1. Ferdinand Waldo Demara known as the “Great Imposter”, masqueraded as many people from monks to surgeons to prisons wardens and teacher, lawyer, doctor of applied psychology. He had a true photographic memory and was widely reputed to have an extraordinary IQ. Robert Mulligan’s film “The Great Imposter” (1961) was based on Ferdinand Waldo Demara. Tony Curtis played Demara. The last of the real movie stars.
    The Prince of Pretoria. In 1990 a restaurant waiter from Pretoria South Africa pretended to be an official VIP visitor to the government of South Africa ( as the Crown-Prince of Lichtenstein) He was treated as royalty for two weeks untill he disappears as suddenly as he appeared. A fascinating true story.

  2. Samuel Goldwyn’s timeless classic masterpiece “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was released in 1947.
    The film stars the legendary Danny Kaye as a day dreaming editor of a book publishing firm. Fantasy is a coping mechanism for millions of people around the globe. A remake of this timeless masterpiece will be a waste of effort.

  3. Tom Mcloughlin is a born showman, he must negotiate a bookdeal. It is destined to be a best seller. He is a colourful and exciting character. However I do not condone the transgression of statutory laws, and I am not suggesting that crime pays. So don’t get me wrong.

  4. Mr Paddaman I was amazed at and annoyed by your enthusiasm for Tom McLoughlin.
    How could you, an articulate jewish writer and comedian be taken in by that serial fraudster, liar and cheat? (And anti-semitic to boot).
    But, of course, I realised, that is exactly what happened to me some years ago when I first met him. My judgement of people, which is usually good, let me down. I, too, was conned by this skilled trickster.
    I provided him with friendship, research work, writing-input and, sadly, introductions to my friends who took my friendship with McLoughlin as an endorsement of his bona fides and were in turn cheated.
    They like me were never paid for our time, input, equipment and work.
    You have a right to your opinion, but I doubt that his victims would share your assessment of this crook; that “He is a colourful and exciting character.”
    Just look at his record of lies. Starting with his ludicrous answers to Matthew Steeples in the ‘Movers & Shakers’ interview.
    His convictions for fraud and his bankruptcy attest to the way he has ripped-off trusting, decent people.
    See the report of the leading City law firm, Rosenblatt Solicitors, who describe him as a ‘serial evictee’ who caused three landlords to incur substantial losses and costs of up to £39,000 each. http://thomasmcloughlin.blogspot.co.uk/
    You, me and others are not the only gullible patsies though. The distiguished legal firm Denton Wilde Sapte are also owed substantial sums following an unsubstantiated legal claim by McLoughlin against GLG Partners. And his upcoming Crown Court appearance will surely result in further convictions and his probable return to prison ( leaving numerous out-of-pocket victims in his wake).
    There is no doubt that he a skilful and plausible liar and cheat. Yet another reaosn not to trust one word of his postings on this site. He is known to too many readers of STEEPLE TIMES and his aggressive, vindictive, snarling insults and lies in his reponses to their comments are the only ‘colourful’ thing about him.
    Yoiu almost got it right: “Tom Mcloughlin is a born CONman”.
    Mazel tov. Chanuka Sameach.

    • Glenmore Trenear-Harvey is a international respected author and broadcaster. He is a specialist in his field. He is a credit to the United Kingdom, he has served his country well. My comments regarding Mchloughlin were made in a tongue in cheek manner. It was not my intentions to upset Glenmore. I have the greatest of respect for him.

  5. Panorama confronts the Barclay Brothers with tax relevations. “Start the Revolution without Me” (1970) Starring Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland. A comedy based on the Corsican twins. It is set during the French Revolution where two peasant identical twins are mistaken for the famous Corsican Brothers (identical twins). Two sets of identical twins were accidentally switched at birth.
    How do we deal with a problem like the Barclay Brothers?
    Try the Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, London.
    Buy from the Argos Catalouge.
    Read the Daily Mail.

  6. George Roy Hill’s “The Sting” (1973) a classic masterpiece. American film set in 1936, created by screenwriter David S.Ward, the story was inspired by real-life con games perpetrated by brothers Fred and Charley Gondorff (not twins) and documented by David Maurer in his book “The Big Con: The story of the Confidence man” Con men still control our economy, think of the banking sector.

  7. Rogue Trader (1999) The exploits of Nick Leeson, an employee of Baring Bank. He became Baring Bank’s key trader in Singapore. He hid huge losses, as he gambles away Baring Banks’s money, with the powers in London, not the much wiser. “The stock market is just one big casino” was the motto of Leeson.
    A con artist is a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victims, defrauds after first gaining their trust. They are most of the time trapped in a condition called the “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” People with this disorder expose a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (either in factual or actual behaviour) A need for admiration and respect, and lack of empathy. The Narcissistic Personality Disorder can further be complicated by overlapping features of the Anti Social Personality Disorder, also known as Psychopathy or Sociopathy. There are general symptoms.
    Not learning from experiences.
    No sense of responsibility.
    Inability to control impulses.
    Lack of moral sense.
    No change in behaviour after punishment.
    Emotional immaturity.
    Lack of guilt.
    Self-centredness.
    This will exhibit criminal behaviour.

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