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March 16, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
In the early 1980s, he was known as Chris Chichester, a would-be film producer who lived in a San Marino guest house, claiming to be a relative of Lord Mountbatten and ingratiating himself with local matrons. A few years later, he was called Christopher Crowe, a bond salesman in Greenwich, Conn. And by the early 1990s, he had turned up as Clark Rockefeller, living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in an apartment full of Mondrians and Rothkos. FOR THE RECORD: San Marino killing: In the March 16 LATExtra section, an article about Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter being charged in a 1985 killing said he had lived in a home once owned by Learned Hand.
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April 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Journalists peddle fact but profit most from revealing the lies of others, best of all from the lies told to their faces. One Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books was called "Truth Will Out" and featured several authors who had unearthed hidden lives and lethal secrets. The panel's title alluded to Walter Kirn's new book, "Blood Will Out," about his decade-long friendship with a man who said he was a Rockefeller but turned out to be a German con-man and murderer.
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March 18, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
In the spring of 1985, Linda and John Sohus vanished. The bubbly 29-year-old Linda had told friends she and her husband were going on a two-week trip east for an interview John had with the government for a secret job. The couple were never seen again. PHOTOS: Clark Rockefeller investigation Their friends and family were immediately suspicious. They said the couple would never abandon Linda's beloved cats at a pet hotel or leave behind John's elderly mother, whom the young couple were living with in the upscale community of San Marino.
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March 6, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Walter Kirn's new profile of the serial liar and convicted murderer known as "Clark Rockefeller" is no ordinary work of true crime and literary journalism. "Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade" is the chronicle of Kirn's ill-fated friendship with the con man. And it's surely one of most honest, compelling and strangest books about the relationship between a writer and his subject ever penned by an American scribe. Kirn is a magazine writer and author of novels such as "Up in the Air" and "Thumbsucker.
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June 3, 2011 | By Denise Hamilton, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Great con artists understand this about human nature: The suckers want to be taken. In 1978, a poor, semi-educated German teenager named Christian K. Gerhartsreiter arrived in New England on a falsified student visa. Brilliant, charismatic and twisted, he soon realized that Americans were easily duped by claims of great wealth and European titles. Cultivating an eccentric, Segway-riding persona, a wardrobe from "The Official Preppy Handbook" and a posh accent, Gerhartsreiter honed his deceptions from San Marino's leafy streets to Greenwich, Conn., to Wall Street, assuming roles of British baronet, Hollywood producer, Ivy League graduate and high-flying bond trader.
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March 27, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
When Christian Gerhartsreiter learned a detective was searching for him, he became paranoid and started living a more clandestine life, a former girlfriend testified Wednesday. He dyed his dark hair and eyebrows blond. He disposed of his garbage in public trash bins. He had his live-in girlfriend, Mihoko Manabe, walk on the opposite side of the street and refused to exit buildings with her at the same time, Manabe said. Gerhartsreiter's odd behavior began in 1988 shortly after Greenwich, Conn., police Det. Daniel Allen left a phone message seeking to meet with him, Manabe said.
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April 2, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
For more than a decade, Sandra Boss thought she was married to a Rockefeller. Clark Rockefeller had appeared charming, well-spoken and quirky when he wooed the Harvard Business School student in New York in the early 1990s. Later, as a high-powered business consultant, Boss never questioned her husband's stories about his famous family and their falling out over an inheritance dispute. Or his claims of being involved with secretive government work. Or even his reasons for keeping the couple's property, bank accounts and official records out of his name.
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December 3, 2008 | Associated Press
The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller will get back about half of the gold coins and cash seized by authorities in Boston after he was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter. Prosecutors and attorneys for Rockefeller signed an agreement Monday to turn over 160 cold coins -- worth about $140,000 -- and $6,480 in cash so he can pay for his defense. Both sides said Rockefeller got the money from a divorce settlement with his ex-wife. He has pleaded not guilty to parental kidnapping.
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August 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last weekend was arrested in Baltimore and the girl was found safe, authorities said. A "concerned citizen" tipped off authorities that Clark Rockefeller was living in a Baltimore apartment and had a 26-foot catamaran sailboat docked at a nearby marina, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. The arrest ended a suspenseful week that began in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood when police said Rockefeller attacked a social worker and fled during a supervised visit with his daughter.
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March 26, 2009 | Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County grand jury is examining evidence in the 1985 disappearance of a couple who rented a guest house to a man now considered a person of interest in the case, according to two handwriting experts who have received subpoenas. The man, whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, was arrested last summer in Boston under the name Clark Rockefeller for allegedly kidnapping his daughter. He has become the focus of a probe into the disappearance of Jonathan and Linda Sohus.
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August 16, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Hailey Branson-Potts
Shortly after a German-born man who posed as a Rockefeller was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter continued to insist he did not murder his San Marino landlady's son. Gerhartsreiter, 52, was convicted in April of murdering 27-year-old John Sohus with a blunt object in 1985. Sohus' body was found in 1994, buried three feet deep behind a guest house where Gerhartsreiter had been living on the Lorain Road property. Sohus also lived there with his mother and wife, Linda, who disappeared at age 29 and has never been found.
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August 15, 2013 | Hailey Branson-Potts
A German-born fabulist who masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family was sentenced Thursday to 27-years-to-life in prison for killing his San Marino landlady's son in 1985. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, acting in his own defense, addressed the court before sentencing and blamed the slaying of 27-year-old John Sohus on the man's wife, Linda. "I want to assert my innocence," said Gerhartsreiter, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit with his hands cuffed in front of him. "I firmly believe that the victim's wife killed the victim, but, be that as it may … I did not commit the crime.
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June 26, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
As hummingbirds hovered nearby, friends and relatives gathered in Descanso Gardens late Wednesday to remember a young couple believed to have been murdered nearly three decades ago by a man who evaded police while pretending to be a member of the Rockefeller family. John and Linda Sohus, who vanished in early 1985, were meant to be together, their friends said at the botanical gardens in La Ca ñ ada Flintridge, recounting how the couple shared a love for science fiction and a deep affection for each other.
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April 11, 2013
After more than three weeks of trial proceedings, it took a day for the downtown Los Angeles jury to convict Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter of first-degree murder Wednesday, capping a nearly three-decade-old whodunit and ending the strange odyssey of a man who went from teenage German immigrant to member of the New England social elite to now-convicted killer. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss with Times reporter Jack Leonard the trial of Gerhartsreiter, who for years posed as a member of the Rockefeller family . Gerhartsreiter, 52, was accused of bludgeoning John Sohus, his landlady's 27-year-old son, with a blunt object.
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April 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson Potts
A jury has reached a verdict in the case of a German native who for years pretended to be a Rockefeller and was charged with a 1985 murder in San Marino. The verdict will be read at 11 a.m. in Los Angeles Superior Court. Christian Karl 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. The body was buried behind a guest house where Gerhartsreiter had been living.
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April 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter showed no emotion Wednesday as he was found guilty of murdering his landlady's adult son nearly three decades ago. The victim's sister dabbed her eyes with a tissue after the verdict. “It's finally over,” she said. Prosecutors accused Gerhartsreiter of killing John Sohus in 1985 and burying his body in a 3-foot-deep grave in the backyard of his San Marino home. FULL COVERAGE: Rockefeller imposter on trial “The defendant wanted John Sohus dead and he accomplished his goal,” Deputy Dist.
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August 16, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
FBI officials in Boston announced Friday that a fingerprint from a "person of interest" in the disappearance of a San Marino couple in 1985 matches that of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a native of Germany who legally came to the United States as a student in 1970s.
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April 4, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts
Defense attorneys for a man who pretended to be a Rockefeller and is now charged with the cold-case murder of his San Marino landlady's adult son wrapped up their case Wednesday. They focused on an enduring mystery in the nearly 30-year-old whodunit: What happened to the victim's wife? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter's lawyers called only two witnesses in his defense: a pair of handwriting experts who testified that they were all but sure Linda Sohus was the person who wrote several postcards mailed to her friends and family weeks after she and her husband went missing in early 1985.
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April 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson Potts
A German native who consorted for years with New England's social elite by pretending to be a Rockefeller was convicted Wednesday in Los Angeles of first-degree murder, capping a nearly three-decade-old mystery involving a missing couple and a body buried in a San Marino backyard.   Christian Karl 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. The body was buried behind a guest house where Gerhartsreiter had been living.
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