CAN YOU EVER REALLY KNOW SOMEONE?
- "The trial’s most memorable story of deception was told by a woman named Mihoko Manabe, who was Clark’s live-in girlfriend for seven years in the late 1980s and early ’90s, before he married Boss. Manabe was working as a translator at the New York office of Nikko Securities, the Japanese investment firm, when she fell for a new employee, Christopher Crowe. He told her he was the brother of Cameron Crowe, the Hollywood director, and said he had been a producer of the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. One day a police detective called Manabe and asked to speak with her boyfriend, who wasn’t at home. When she informed Crowe of the troubling call, he managed to convince her that the lawman was actually a secret agent involved in a murky assassination plot. Crowe hinted that he had been a spy himself once, and gradually he drew his trusting girlfriend into a life of evasion and deceit. They left their apartment building by separate entrances, never walked on the same side of the street, and drove their household trash to Pennsylvania, where they disposed of it in a public Dumpster. Manabe cut off all contact with her family and even helped Crowe bleach his hair. She also provided him with a credit card issued on her own account. It bore an alias, Clark Rockefeller, which he’d dreamed up one night so he could get a table at a crowded restaurant.”