BOSTON (AP) — A German man who claimed to be a member of the Rockefeller family told FBI agents after he was arrested in 2008 that he was a “pathetic nothing.”

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. who went by the name Clark Rockefeller, had just been arrested in Baltimore several days after kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter in Boston when agents asked why he had lied about his past to charm his way into influential social circles in New York, California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

His reply in transcripts of the conversation obtained by The Boston Globe was, “If you’re born short, you want to be bigger.”

Gerhartsreiter was convicted of kidnapping and is now in California, where he is a suspect in the disappearance and killing of a San Marino man in 1985. He has pleaded not guilty.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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