The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Expanding his 2009 Vanity Fair piece about Christian Gerhartsreiter–a real-life Tom Ripley who managed to parlay his silver tongue and feverish imagination into an high-class imposture–Mark Seal explores an incredible hoax that reeled in countless victims. The human wreckage that “Clark Rockefeller” left in his wake is astonishing, yet you can’t help but marvel at the nerve of this brazen anti-hero.

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