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December 11, 1995 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Charles E. Rathbun is a skilled automobile photographer who was on his way to the top in his highly specialized field. He has a talent for making sleek, new cars look sleeker, fast trucks appear faster and for posing buxom models on the hood in alluring ways. Rathbun is especially knowledgeable about automobile performance, say those who worked with him, and he can bring to life the cars in his still-frame photos. "There's probably about two dozen people in the United States who are good," said veteran auto journalist Mike Anson, "and he is one of them."
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August 13, 1999
An appeal by the photographer who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering model Linda Sobek has been denied by the state Supreme Court. Charles Rathbun said Sobek died when he sat on her to calm her after she had a fit during a photo shoot in the desert. But a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury concluded that he strangled the former Los Angeles Raiders cheerleader after sexually assaulting her when his advances were rejected. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1995 | GREG KRIKORIAN and KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The free-lance photographer charged with the murder of former Raiders cheerleader Linda Sobek was named as a suspect Wednesday in the 1992 slaying of another model as law enforcement authorities re-examined unsolved murders in several states, including Ohio, the suspect's former home. Ending several days of speculation that murder suspect Charles E.
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December 17, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a poignant epilogue to a year consumed by anguish and rage, the family of slain model Linda Sobek finally confronted photographer Charles Rathbun in a Torrance courtroom Monday before the convicted murderer was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in state prison. "I have never known what it was like to despise someone like I despise this person," Sobek's father, Bob, told the packed courtroom as Rathbun sat silently. "God will punish you, Charlie."
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December 12, 1995 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Model Linda Sobek was sexually assaulted before she was killed by asphyxiation, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Monday. A spokesman for the coroner also said the former Raider cheerleader was legally drunk--with a blood-alcohol level of 0.13%--when she died. Scott Carrier declined to be specific about how Sobek was slain, other than to say that the asphyxiation was caused by "neck and body compression."
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December 17, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a poignant epilogue to a year consumed by anguish and rage, the family of slain model Linda Sobek finally confronted photographer Charles Rathbun in a Torrance courtroom Monday before the convicted murderer was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in state prison. "I have never known what it was like to despise someone like I despise this person," Sobek's father, Bob, told the packed courtroom as Rathbun sat silently. "God will punish you, Charlie."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1996
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Charles E. Rathbun, 38, a freelance photographer who has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting and killing model Linda Sobek in November. Sixty potential jurors, the first of 200 people who will fill out questionnaires over the next three days, filed into the courtroom of Torrance Superior Court Judge Donald F. Pitts. He estimated that the trial will last until Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1996
The attorney for accused killer Charles E. Rathbun filed a motion Friday seeking to have Rathbun's trial moved out of Los Angeles County, saying that intense media coverage and comments by law enforcement officials have hopelessly tainted the area's jury pool. "We feel it will be impossible to find prospective jurors in this county who are not already convinced that he's guilty because of what they've seen and heard in the media," said Mark J. Werksman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1996
Minutes before a court hearing Friday, a county jail inmate punched and injured a free-lance photographer accused of murdering Hermosa Beach model Linda Sobek. Charles E. Rathbun, 37, wore an adhesive bandage across his chin as he entered a Torrance courtroom, where Judge Benjamin Aranda set Feb. 26 as the date for a preliminary hearing on charges that Rathbun raped and killed the 27-year-old former Raiders cheerleader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1995
The family of slain model Linda Sobek filed suit Tuesday against her accused killer, automobile photographer Charles E. Rathbun, as well as the magazine that hired Rathbun and the car maker that lent him a vehicle on the day she disappeared. The wrongful death lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Rathbun, AutoWeek magazine and Toyota, maker of a prototype Lexus sport utility vehicle. Rathbun, 38, allegedly hired the former Raiders cheerleader Nov. 16 to do a photo shoot with the Lexus.
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November 2, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Bartling and his trash collecting partner were interested in culling empty beer cans, but out of the container chained to Call Box No. 309 on Angeles Crest Highway, the 49-year-old plucked four glossy photos of a sculpted blond model instead. Which is how a "hapless schlep," as Bartling puts it, out of work and paying off traffic tickets by picking up trash for the county, became the linchpin in the investigation of the death of model Linda Sobek.
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November 2, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN and DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly a year after he led authorities to her shallow grave in Angeles National Forest, photographer Charles Rathbun was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting and strangling model Linda Sobek during a photo shoot on a dry lake bed. As he sat almost motionless in a hushed Torrance courtroom, a nine-man, three-woman jury found the 39-year-old guilty of first-degree murder and of sodomizing Sobek, 27, of Hermosa Beach.
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October 31, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a wrenching end to weeks of often grisly testimony, a veteran Los Angeles County prosecutor choked with emotion Wednesday as he told a jury that Charles Rathbun savaged model Linda Sobek before strangling and burying her last November in the Angeles National Forest. "He killed her," Deputy Dist. Atty. Steve Kay told a Torrance jury that begins its deliberations today. And, Kay said, the 27-year-old Hermosa Beach model "didn't deserve to die.
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October 30, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dismissing the prosecution's claim that his client is a brutal killer, the attorney for Charles Rathbun contended Tuesday that authorities not only concocted evidence but failed to prove one crucial element in their theory that the photographer strangled and sodomized model Linda Sobek: Motive. "The question is why? Why would Charles Rathbun rape and murder Linda Sobek?"
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October 29, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a gambit based on what she portrayed as overwhelming circumstantial evidence, a Los Angeles County prosecutor told a jury Monday that if it concludes photographer Charles Rathbun sexually assaulted former model Linda Sobek, it must also find that he murdered her to conceal the crime. "The only question you need to answer is whether or not Ms. Sobek was sexually assaulted," Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks now, they have come to the county courthouse in Torrance to relive their tragedy, to hear testimony that makes seasoned prosecutors wince, to see photographs of their loved one that are so graphic, so personal, that strangers look away in embarrassment. Every day, Bob and Elaine Sobek and their son, Steve, have done this, they say, because they have to.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1995
A veteran Hermosa Beach police officer has been taken off the investigation into the slaying of model Linda Sobek amid a departmental inquiry into whether the detective leaked sensitive details of the case to a local newspaper, it was learned Wednesday. The detective, who was not identified, was relieved of his assignment Nov. 28, one day after the Daily Breeze, citing an unnamed source, reported various leads in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1995
A judge spent much of Monday editing an audiotape of remarks Charles E. Rathbun made to investigators the day he was arrested and charged with killing model Linda Sobek, eventually handing over an expurgated version to prosecutors and the complete version to the defense. Torrance Municipal Court Judge Mark McGee then placed both versions under seal. Defense attorney Mark Werksman said the tape, made Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of murder suspect Charles Rathbun categorically denied Friday that he altered photographs that purportedly show the nude torso of the late model Linda Sobek. In testimony that is pivotal to Rathbun's defense, attorney Robert Rathbun also told a Torrance courtroom that he would not fabricate testimony under oath in order to help his brother, who faces life in prison if he is convicted of strangling and sexually assaulting Sobek.
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October 25, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors rested their case Thursday against accused killer Charles Rathbun with testimony challenging his claim that he accidentally asphyxiated model Linda Sobek while trying to subdue her during an argument in the back seat of a vehicle he was photographing. With testimony winding to a close after 18 days, sheriff's homicide Sgt.
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