Gerhartsreiter Trial Preliminaries

Jury selection has begun in the trial of Christian Gerhartsreither, accused of murdering LASFS member John Sohus in 1985, reports the LA Times.

Like the Wizard of Oz, a man born in a German village was a master of illusion, taking on many names before becoming the self-proclaimed Boston socialite Clark Rockefeller with a lifestyle to match.

But Christian Gerhartsreiter’s illusions came at a deadly price, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Habib Balian said. With jury selection starting Monday in the three-decade-old slaying of John Sohus, the man of many names will mostly be referred to as “the defendant.”