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Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter from Germany attends his murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.Gerhartsreiter,the alleged Rockefeller impostor is accused of killing his landllord, John Sohus in February 1985.
Now a look at a man we've been talking about for some time on this show, Christian Gerhartsreiter. For years, the German immigrant took on other identities from a 13th baronet of England to a member of the wealthy Rockefeller clan.
In the 1980s, Gerhartsreiter passed himself off as Chris Chichester and lived in San Marino. There, he came to know John Sohus, a computer programmer. In 1985, John and his wife disappeared and eventually the case went cold. But then in 1994, when a pit was being dug for a pool at the former Sohus residence, bones were discovered and the case was reopened.
Yesterday, Christian Gerharstreiter was found guilty of first-degree murder and he'll be sentenced on June 26. Linda Deutsch from the Associated Press covered this fascinating trial and she joins us here in studio.
Then, Jan Eldnor knows Christian Gerhartsreiter, or, at least he thought he did. Eldnor is the owner of Jann of Sweden barbershop in San Marino, and back in the 1980s, Gerhartsreiter was one of his regular customers.