German fake Rockefeller guilty of US murder

A German man who posed as a member of the Rockefeller family after allegedly killing his landlord in California was found guilty of first degree murder on Wednesday.

Christian Gerhartsreiter, 52, was convicted in the death of John Sohus, who went missing in 1985 but whose remains were found nine years later in the backyard of his home in the upscale LA neighborhood of San Marino.

Gerhartsreiter -- who was born in Germany in 1961, and also pretended to be a Hollywood producer and an English aristocrat during his years evading arrest after the killing -- faces a possible prison sentence of 26 years to life.

When John and Linda Sohus vanished in February 1985, Gerhartsreiter was living in a guest house owned by John Sohus' mother. Prosecutors believe the German also killed Linda Sohus, but he was only charged with the one murder.

After the alleged crime, Gerhartsreiter moved to Connecticut and changed his name a number of times, eventually becoming Clark Rockefeller and getting married, fooling even his wife for 12 years.

The impostor was sentenced to a five-year prison term in 2009 for kidnapping his seven-year-old daughter, a trial that ultimately led investigators in Los Angeles to connect the dots in the Sohus murder case.