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L.A. Now Live: Fake Rockefeller a con artist or murderer?

March 19, 2013 |  8:18 am

In the 1980s, Christian Gerhartsreiter passed himself off as the 13th baronet of Chichester while living in a San Marino guesthouse. Later, he moved to the East Coast and assumed the name Clark Rockefeller, leading people to believe he was a member of the wealthy Rockefeller clan.

Gerhartsreiter is a fabulist and a con man, but is he a murderer?

At 9 a.m., reporters Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts will talk with us about Gerhartsreiter’s bizarre lifestyle and the crime he is accused of.

Gerhartsreiter is now on trial for the murder of John Sohus, who vanished along with his wife, Linda, in 1985.

The Sohuses lived with John’s elderly mother in the main house of the San Marino property.

Prosecutors say Gerhartsreiter bludgeoned John Sohus to death and buried his body in the backyard, where it was not discovered until nearly a decade later. Gerhartsreiter’s attorneys argue that Linda Sohus may have killed her husband before vanishing. She has never been found.

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