Fake Rockefeller guilty in 1985 California murder

Posted at 2:43 PM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-10 14:48:56-04

Christian Gerhartsreiter is a German native who once posed as a member of the Rockefeller family.

(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German native who once posed as a member of the Rockefeller family, has been found guilty in the 1985 murder of a San Marino. Calif.  man.

The verdict was read Tuesday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Gerhartsreiter, 52, was accused of bludgeoning his landlady’s adult son with a blunt object and then digging a 3-foot-deep grave in the backyard of the victim’s home.

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The body was buried behind a guest house where Gerhartsreiter had been living.

The victim, John Sohus, 27, vanished in early 1985 along with his wife, Linda, who has never been found.

Gerhartsreiter, who in San Marino introduced himself as British aristocrat Christopher Chichester, disappeared soon afterward, resurfacing on the East Coast under a series of ever more elaborate false identities.

In Connecticut, he was television and film producer Christopher Crowe before convincing some on Wall Street that he was a bond trader.