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Rockefeller Skank: Multiple Alias Murder Suspect Returns to L.A. to Face the Music

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Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German-born man who has adopted many different identities, including that of Clark Rockefeller, imaginary member of the famed moneyed family, is back in Los Angeles to face charges for the 1985 murder of a San Marino man.

Gerhartsreiter was formally charged in March for the killing of John Sohus, who had been at one time his landlord. Sohus' wife Linda, also thought to have been killed, remains missing. Because there has been no body found, Gerhartsreiter cannot be charged with her murder.

Though currently serving a five-year prison sentence in Massachusetts for the kidnapping of his own daughter, Gerhartsreiter was collected in Boston by Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective and brought to Los Angeles today, according to L.A. Now. He is slated to be arraigned Friday. Bail has been set at $10 million.

Gerhartsreiter denies any involvement in the Sohus case. The dismembered remains of John Sohus were discovered by a crew installing a pool at his mother's San Marino home in 1994. Authorities allege Gerhartsreiter, who rented the Sohus' guesthouse on the property in the 1980s, used a blunt object to kill Sohus.

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It was the kidnapping case in 2008 that dredged up Gerharstreiter's past and his many identities; as the Sohus' tenant in the 1980s he used the name Christopher Chichester.

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