Clark Rockefeller

100 potential jurors expected in pool for fake Rockefeller murder case


Attorneys agreed this week on a trial date for the murder trial of the man who posed as a member of the Rockefeller family.

The trial is set to begin March 11 and prosecutors expect to screen a pool of approximately 100 jurors or more for the trial if necessary, according to prosecutor Habib Balian.

Karl Gerhartsreiter, the man who spent a majority of his life posing as Clark Rockefeller, now faces charges for the 1985 murder of John Sohus and the disappearance of Sohus’ wife.

John Sohus was a San Marino resident and was the son of Gerhartsreiter’s landlord. In 1994, the bones of John Sohus were found in his mother’s backyard. His wife, however, disappeared without a trace and has yet to be found. Prosecutor Balian claims that Gerhartsreiter killed Sohus with a knife, though it has yet to be shown that there is any evidence in the form of blood or DNA that ties Gerhartsreiter to the murder.

After the murder, Gerhartsreiter allegedly went east, where he began his life posing as Rockefeller. He reportedly used many different aliases while living on the east coast, including tales of being a ship captain and a physicist among other things. It wasn’t until 2009, when Gerhartsreiter was convicted of kidnapping his daughter, that authorities were able to connect the dots and link him to the 1985 homicide.

Talia El-Zaatari, Wild About Trial

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