Darryl Hopkins, the wheelman on that July day when Reigh "Snooks" Boss was thrown into a waiting black suburban by her father, said Rockefeller paid him $3,000 to "get rid of" the "cling-on" following the dad-daughter visit.
The person Rockefeller claimed was a "cling-on," or unwanted friend, was a social worker appointed by the court to supervise Rockefeller's visit with his 7-year-old daughter.
Hopkins said Rockefeller tossed his daughter into the car, banging her head on the door, and shoved the social worker to the ground.
"Snooks was crying. She was saying, 'I really whacked my head daddy.' Clark was saying: Go! Go! Go!'" Hopkins testified.
Hopkins peeled away from Marlboro Street and testified that social worker Harold Jaffe desperately clung to a door handle.
"I could feel him pulling on the door," Hopkins said. "Clark was holding the door shut."
Hopkins said that Rockefeller had asked him for a ride to Newport, R.I., to "hobnob" with Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator from Rhode Island.
"They were going sailing with the senator's family," Hopkins said, although there is no evidence that he had an appointment with the former senator.
The driver ridiculed Rockefeller for talking like "Thurston Howell the third," the aristocratic character on the old TV show "Gilligan's Island."
On an previous trip, Hopkins complained that Rockefeller had stopped at a Manhattan bar to eat a rich meal and didn't buy his driver anything.
"He had steak tartare," Hopkins told the court, mimicking a Thurston Howell III voice. "I was his driver. He should have bought me a sandwich"
On the day of the abduction, Hopkins said he dropped Rockefeller and Reigh off at a cab stand and waited for them at a Whole Foods parking lot. It was only later that afternoon when he saw an Amber Alert emblazoned on a Massachusetts highway sign and heard a radio news report announcing police were looking for Rockefeller that Hopkins said he realized that he had been part of a kidnapping ploy.
"All I had to hear was Clark Rockefeller and my whole world collapsed. He had kidnapped his daughter and I was the getaway car," Hopkins testified.
Hopkins told the court he pulled over at a highway rest stop. "I had a little meltdown. A little cry."