Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 52, has been found guilty of first degree murder of John Sohus in 1985. Sohus and his wife Linda were active in LASFS until their disappearance. Gerhartsreiter, who has used the aliases Christopher Chichester and Clark Rockefeller, is believed to have murdered both of the Sohuses, although Linda’s body has never been found. Gerhartsreiter originally claimed the couple had left on vacation, but John’s remains were discovered by a construction crew in 1994.
A memorial exhibit of Ray Capella’s art will take place in Pomona, CA on March 26 and 27. Capella, a member of LASFS, died in 2010. The exhibit will take place at the dA Center for the Arts, 252-D South Main Street in Pomona, California and will feature not only his professionally published work, but also art he provided for various fan publications.
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who has also gone by the names “Clark Rockefeller,” “Christopher Crowe,” and “Christopher Chichester,” has been charged with the 1985 murder of LA fan and LASFS member Jonathan Sohus. Gerhartsreiter, who was using the Chichester name at the time, was a tenant of Sohus and his wife, Linda. Both Jonathan and Linda disappeared in 1985, but only Jonathan’s remains have been found.
LA Fan Len Moffatt (b.1923) died on November 30. A member of First Fandom, Len and his wife, June, helped organize many of the early Bouchercons and in 1973 and in 1999 he and June received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, the couple were the Eastbound TAFF delegates. Moffatt was Fan GoH at Westercon XXV, Loscon 8, Bouchercon 16, and TraLaLa Con. He was one of the original members of CAPA in 1961. Moffatt had a couple of short fiction stories appear in the 1950s and also sold science fiction poetry.
Los Angeles fan Bob Null (b.1938) died on June 23 after a battle with cancer. Null was long active in LASFS, serving twenty terms as the organization’s vice president. Null, who also sat on the Board of Directors, frequently handled logistics for local conventions.