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Rockefeller imposter given maximum sentence for California murder

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Rockefeller imposter given maximum sentence for California murder


A German-born con man, who posed as a member of America’s wealthy Rockefeller family, has been jailed for at least 27 years for murder.

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter was convicted in April of killing John Sohus – the son of his Los Angeles landlady.

The victim’s dismembered remains were found in a back garden in 1994, when a swimming pool was being built.

Sohus and his wife disappeared 28 years ago. She has never been found and is presumed dead.

Gerhartsreiter’s double life unraveled after he was arrested in 2008 for abducting his young daughter in Boston following a bitter divorce. He was revealed to have passed himself off for years as a member of the Rockefeller clan, gaining entry into high society.

He was convicted in 2009 of kidnapping, assault and battery and was serving a four year prison sentence in Massachusetts when authorities in Los Angeles charged him with the Sohus killing.

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