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Rockefeller impostor, Christian Gerhartsreiter, going on trial for 1985 murder

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2008 file photo, Christian Gerhartsreiter is shown during his arraignment at a Boston, Mass., municipal court. Gerhartsreiter, a Rockefeller impostor has been charged Tuesday, March 15, 2011 with murder in a Southern California man's disappearance. (AP Photo/Essdras Suarez, File, Pool) Essdras Suarez

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter
Pool, AP Photo/Sarah Reingewirtz, File

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A German immigrant and con man who masqueraded as "Clark Rockefeller" - claiming to be heir to the Rockefeller fortune - is about to go on trial for murder in California, according to CBS Boston.

Jury selection reportedly begins Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court in the trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter for the murder of 27-year-old John Sohus, a computer engineer who disappeared in 1985. Sohus was the son of Gerhartsreiter's former landlady, when the con man lived in California under one of his many pseudonyms.

Gerhartsreiter is currently serving a four- to five-year sentence in Massachusetts for a 2009 conviction in the kidnapping of his 7-year-old daughter in Boston during a supervised visit.

Sohus and his wife Linda disappeared shortly before Gerhartsreiter moved to Connecticut using the Sohus' truck. John Sohus' bones were found in the backyard of his home in 1994. His wife remains missing.

Gerthartsreiter has pleaded not guilty.

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