Crime & Justice

Fake Rockefeller murder trial: Key moments from the case

Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter from Germany, listens to prosecutor during his murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Gerhartsreiter, the alleged Rockefeller impostor is accused of killing his landllord, John Sohus in February 1985.
Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter from Germany, listens to prosecutor during his murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Gerhartsreiter, the alleged Rockefeller impostor is accused of killing his landllord, John Sohus in February 1985.
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The murder trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter — the German-born so-called "con man" who posed as a member of the wealthy Rockefeller clan before being charged with the 1985 murder of a San Marino man — is nearing resolution in Los Angeles, and KPCC takes a look back at the two weeks' worth of testimony.

Gerhartsreiter, 52, is accused of killing his landlord, 27 year-old John Sohus, and burying him in the backyard of the apartment Gerhartsreiter leased in San Marino. Sohus and his wife, Linda, disappeared in 1985. John Sohus' remains were discovered in 1994, near the guest house that Gerhartsreiter rented under an alias. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Gerhartsreiter was arrested in 2008 after he was convicted of abducting his daughter in a custody dispute. Prosecutors in that case traced his identity back through multiple aliases — including Christopher Chichester XIII, Chip Smith, Christopher Crowe and "Clark Rockefeller," scion of the Rockefeller family — back to his true identity as a German immigrant who came to the U.S. with dreams of making it as a movie producer. 

For the prosecution, it's a tough case to prove with no witnesses to the crime, little forensic evidence and no explanation why the German man masquerading as Clark Rockefeller would have killed his landlady's son.

Here's a run-down of some of the testimony heard so far: 

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March 28