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Rockefeller imposter charged with 1985 murder of LA man

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A man accused of posing as a member of the Rockefeller family was charged with the murder of an LA man in 1985.

A man accused of posing as a member of the Rockefeller family was charged with the murder of an LA man in 1985. (KABC Photo)

A German man accused of posing as a member of the Rockefeller family has been charged with murder in the disappearance of a Southern California man more than 25 years ago.

The man calls himself Clark Rockefeller, but his real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter.

He was charged Tuesday with killing 27-year-old John Sohus of San Marino in 1985. Sohus' body was discovered nearly a decade later.

An investigation determined he was killed by blunt force trauma to the head. Sohus' wife, Linda, is still missing.

Prosecutors are trying to extradite Gerhartsreiter from Massachusetts to California.

Rockefeller is currently serving a prison sentence there for kidnapping.

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