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August 29, 1995 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the President of the United States goes camping, he lacks for nothing. On an overnight expedition into the wilds of the Rockefeller family's massive JY Ranch inside Grand Teton National Park, the White House saw to it that every presidential need was met. Secret Service sharpshooters patrolled the woods around the campsite. Aides were at hand to provide instant global communications. Cooks met the President's caloric needs at dinner and breakfast.
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August 15, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The family of a man whose body was found years ago buried in his San Marino backyard had plenty of questions Thursday after his convicted murderer was sentenced, but it all came down to this: Why? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who once masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family, was sentenced Thursday to 27 years to life in prison for the murder of his landlady's adult son, John Sohus. The victim vanished from San Marino in February 1985, as did his wife, Linda. His body was buried behind a guest house where Gerhartsreiter had been living on the Lorain Road property, where the couple lived with John's mother in the main house.
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BUSINESS
November 1, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yataro Iwasaki was a man with an eye for real estate. In 1890, the founder of the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu--a large industrial combine that later spawned a loose family of 41 companies with combined annual revenue approaching $200 billion--bought a tract of swampy land adjacent to the Imperial Palace. Today, Iwasaki's little corner of Tokyo is potentially the most valuable turf in the world. It lies beneath the concrete bedrock of the premier business districts of Marunouchi and Otemachi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
January 11, 1997
With the dramatic increases in Angel season-ticket prices, Disney again shows us that it specializes in family entertainment: the Kennedy family, the Rockefeller family, the Hearst family, etc. JACK E. DeBAUN Lakewood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
January 17, 1992
The Rockefeller family passed the torch in its multibillion-dollar empire to the fourth generation, naming David Rockefeller Jr. to head the family's business and philanthropic affairs. The announcement marked the ascent of a new generation in the family dynasty, founded by John D. Rockefeller more than a century ago with an oil fortune that now stands at an estimated $10 billion.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1989 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer
Rockefeller Group, the investment arm of the wealthy Rockefeller family, said it is exploring ways to overhaul the house that patriarch John D. built. The proposals include selling part of the privately held company, whose flashiest asset is New York's famed Rockefeller Center.
NEWS
March 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
O. Stillman Rockefeller, 30-year-old heir to the Rockefeller and Carnegie fortunes, today was flown back to New York City for treatment of shark bites he suffered off a Fiji island owned by the estate of the late publisher Malcolm Forbes. The son of former banker James S. Rockefeller and his wife, the former Nancy Carnegie of the steel family, returned to the United States accompanied by a medical team, according to a spokesman for Forbes magazine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A convicted killer who once masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family dismissed his team of Boston attorneys Thursday and will represent himself before his sentencing. Asked by a judge his reasons for representing himself, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter replied: “New information we found about the victim's wife.” A Los Angeles jury in April found Gerhartsreiter guilty of murdering his landlady's adult son, John Sohus, who vanished from San Marino in February 1985, as did his wife, Linda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
A convicted killer who once masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family dismissed his team of Boston attorneys Thursday and will represent himself before his sentencing. Asked by a judge his reasons for representing himself, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter replied: "New information we found about the victim's wife. " A Los Angeles jury in April found Gerhartsreiter guilty of murdering his landlady's adult son, John Sohus, who vanished from San Marino in February 1985, as did his wife, Linda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson
A prosecutor publicly hailed Wednesday's murder conviction of a man who spent years evading police while pretending to be a member of the Rockefeller family, saying jurors had brought closure in the cold-case killing. Deputy Dist. Atty. Habib Balian, the lead prosecutor, said the largely circumstantial case had its challenges but that he was relieved jurors resolved the mystery of the killing of John Sohus, who disappeared from his San Marino home in 1985. Jurors spent about a day deliberating before finding Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter guilty of first-degree murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Jose Perez had dug into hundreds of backyards for his father's swimming pool business, many of them in ritzy San Marino, with its tough soil of clay and rock. One day in May 1994, he felt the shovel of his Bobcat bulldozer hit something unfamiliar. Thinking that it was perhaps decades-old trash, his father peered inside a fiberglass box and sifted through its contents, Perez recalled Wednesday in an Alhambra courtroom. His father pulled something out and held it up with the rebar.
NEWS
October 31, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mitsubishi Estate Co., one of Japan's leading real estate concerns, announced here today that it has invested $846 million for a 51% stake in the Rockefeller Group, making the firm a major partner in such American icons as New York City's Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The family of a man whose body was found years ago buried in his San Marino backyard had plenty of questions Thursday after his convicted murderer was sentenced, but it all came down to this: Why? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who once masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family, was sentenced Thursday to 27 years to life in prison for the murder of his landlady's adult son, John Sohus. The victim vanished from San Marino in February 1985, as did his wife, Linda. His body was buried behind a guest house where Gerhartsreiter had been living on the Lorain Road property, where the couple lived with John's mother in the main house.
SPORTS
January 11, 1997
With the dramatic increases in Angel season-ticket prices, Disney again shows us that it specializes in family entertainment: the Kennedy family, the Rockefeller family, the Hearst family, etc. JACK E. DeBAUN Lakewood
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