Here is the text of the statement issued today by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on the murder case being brought against Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, the man who called himself "Clark Rockefeller."
LOS ANGELES – A con man who crisscrossed the country under assumed identities, including posing as a Rockefeller, was charged today with the 1985 murder of a San Marino man whose body was discovered a decade after he disappeared.
Christian K. Gerhartsreiter, 50, a German national better known as Clark Rockefeller, was charged with the February, 1985 murder of John Sohus.
Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian with the Major Crimes Division filed a felony complaint this morning in Alhambra Superior Court seeking the defendant’s arrest and extradition from Massachusetts, where he is serving a prison sentence for kidnapping. The case no. is GA078321.
John Sohus, 27, was last seen in early 1985. Shortly after his disappearance, the man calling himself Christopher Chichester who lived in the Sohus family guest house behind their San Marino home also vanished. Investigators later identified Chichester as Gerhartsreiter.
In May 1994, a body was discovered buried in the backyard of the Sohus home on Lorain Road. The remains were later identified as those of John Sohus. An investigation determined he was killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
Homicide detectives from the Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.
Balian will ask that bail be set at $10 million for Gerhartsreiter when he’s arraigned.
If convicted, he faces 26 years to life in prison.
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