German Conman Christian Karl Gerhartsreither,52, lived years under name Clark Rockereller and claimed to be a heir to the famed family fortune fpound guilty in 1985 killing of John Sohus, 27-year old son of his old landlady.
The jury found him guilty of murdering the 27-year-old son of his former landlady in 1985, and burying his victim in the backyard of the victim’s mother’s house in San Marino, California. Gerhartsreiter’s defense says that while Gerhartsreiter is a certifiable liar, he is not a murderer. The defense also suggested that it was possible that the victim’s wife, who then disappeared without a trace, murdered her husband.
In May 1994, about a decade after the Sohus’ disappearance, the new owner of the Sohus’ family home discovered skeletal remains in the backyard while digging a swimming pool. By then, Gerhartsreiter was living in New York and using the name Clark Rockefeller.
He has gone by several different aliases in addition to Rockefeller and has lead a fantastically insane life. After moving to the States at the age of 17 in 1978, he worked as a Wall Street venture capitalist, a Hollywood producer, and a cardiologist.
He now 26 years to life in prison. He was previously serving a five-year sentence in Massachusetts after being convicted in 2009 for kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter, before he was extradited to California for the murder trial.