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Rockefeller impostor convicted of murder

By Linda Deutsch

AP Special Correspondent

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LAST UPDATED: 08:34 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013


LOS ANGELES » A jury has found a notorious Rockefeller impostor guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a California man nearly three decades ago.

The verdict was reached today after the jury deliberated about a day.

Testimony in the cold-case trial of Christian Gerhartsreiter focused on the discovery of the bones of John Sohus long after he and his wife disappeared from his mother's home in San Marino, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb.

The defendant, a German immigrant with delusions of grandeur, rented a cottage at the Sohus home in 1985 then disappeared about the same time as Sohus and his wife Linda who was never found.

The case was circumstantial and no reason was ever given for why the defendant would kill the victim.

Over the years, Gerhartsreiter adopted many names, including Clark Rockefeller.






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