Clark Rockefeller imposter now San Quentin resident

Clark Rockefeller imposter now San Quentin resident
Clark Rockefeller

Clark Rockefeller moved to San Quentin State Prison. The facility is California’s oldest and best known correctional institution. The state’s only gas chamber and death row for all male condemned inmates are located at San Quentin. (Courtesy Photo)

A German national and convicted killer who once posed as Clark Rockefeller now resides in San Quentin State Prison, according to official documents.

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 56, was convicted in 2013 of murdering John Sohus and burying Sohus’ body in the backyard of a San Marino home where the men lived. Sohus and his wife Linda went missing in 1985. She has not been heard from since.

A Superior Court jury found Gerhartsreiter guilty of killing Sohus and a judge sentenced him to 27 years to life in state prison. The case has been the subject of numerous documentaries and books including “Name Dropper.” Most recently Canadian musician Torquil Campbell created a one-man play about the Clark Rockefeller case.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch will play Gerhartsreiter in a film titled “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit.”

Originally sent to Ironwood State Prison near Needles, the man who once posed as a Rockefeller and lived the high life in New York and Boston while on the lam from California authorities, spent much of his life as an imposter.

San Quentin is California’s most notorious prison and is the location of the state’s Death Row. It also houses medium security inmates. It is unclear to which housing unit Gerhartsreiter has been assigned.

While living in Boston Gerhartsreiter married Sandra Boss. The couple had a child. Following a contentious divorce, Gerhartsreiter, dropping his Clark Rockefeller identity and posing as Chip Smith, a seafaring yachtsman, kidnapped the child. He was captured by the FBI in Baltimore.

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