November 22, 1993: ‘Porn superstar Christopher Lance (The Young and the Hung, Inch By Inch, Passion of the Crack, Screamin’ for Semen, Eat a Dick Til You Hiccup, a.o.) was stabbed to death in Dallas, Texas by an unknown assailant during what was described by witnesses as a lover’s quarrel. In a strange coincidence, Lance, whose real name was John Kennedy, was pronounced dead in the same hospital room and on the same day that President John F. Kennedy had been pronounced dead thirty years before.’ — ifad.com
‘Oklahoma City, November 29, 2007: An alleged white supremacist and former gay porn star has been charged with murdering a gay man in what officials say may have been part of a gang initiation. Darrell Lynn Madden, 37, a popular performer in 1990s gay porn videos under the name Billy Houston (pictured), was charged on Wednesday with the October slaying of Steven Domer, 62.
‘Domer, who friends said was gay, was last seen Oct. 26 near a car wash, according to court papers. A witness said Domer had been talking to two men who matched the description of Madden and [Brian] Qualls. Cops found Domer’s car near Madden’s house the next day. They found his body in a ravine one week later.’
July 2004: ‘Russian porn model and actor Judy (real name Stano), best known for his work with the website Slovakiaboys. com, died of a massive overdose of heroin on July 20th. A police investigation ruled the death as homicide after a 64 year-old Russian man described by friends of the deceased as Stano’s sugar daddy confessed to having injected the young man with a fatal dose of heroin while in a jealous rage.’ — Europeanpornweb
‘Jailed gay porn star Brad Woodruff who says he did not murder his parents will stay behind bars. The court found, when he was 19, Woodruff murdered his parents Norma and Dennis in their Royse City, east Texas home in 2005. He has spent 13 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit. Prosecutors said Woodruff, who had not yet come out when arrested, was capable of lying about murdering his parents because he was not openly gay. This was in despite of being a go-go boy in gay clubs and appearing in gay porn films. The prosecution said he was ‘failing’ at Abilene Christian University and had high credit card debt. Woodruff is serving a sentence of 7,000 years with no chance of parole. Woodruff has said his only hope is a new investigation to who actually killed his parents. He said if he gets to be released, he would want to work with horses and other animals. The former porn star also wants to resume his college education and help prisoners with wrongful convictions. ‘I do not want to be a party boy anymore,’ Woodruff said.’ — Gay Star News
December 11th, 2009. ‘When police officers were called to attend a public disturbance between Andrew Grande and Crystal Amber Cronnon at Panama City Beach in Florida, the 23-year-old gay porn star rashly decided to hide his bag of marijuana by swallowing it. Officers spotted his foolhardy attempt at deception and told him to spit it out but the bag wasn’t in an accommodating mood and Grande soon began choking on it during the struggle that followed. When the star of Cocks in Paradise briefly broke free of the officers to try and remove the obstruction they helpfully tasered him. He snatched the taser prongs out of his body, fell to the ground and put his fingers down his throat in a failed attempt to induce vomiting. The bumbling officers attempted the Heimlich maneuver without success and soon Grande was on his way to the pearly gates. By sheer coincidence, a camera crew was on a ride along with the deputies and the entire sad, 3-minute affair was caught on film.’
‘There is nothing I cannot tell you about Brad Chase. He was my biological brother. He and I were as close as twins. Having a gay biological brother is one thing. Being adult sex stars at the same time was pretty wild. Although in that aspect, I always seemed to get by on his coat tail.
‘Well, we went our separate ways for a while and he did NYC. He was having a lot of fun there, making a good living. He seemed very coherent when I called him to tell him that I had met my life mate 8 years ago. However, less than 2 months after that call, I was phoned by my mother in Kentucky. She said that he was on his way home to Kentucky on a bus because “God told him to go home.” He had left his dog and had nothing but the clothes on his back.
‘This was the beginning of a virtual nightmare in my life. Brad had taken a combination of drugs at a club with his so-called friend in New York. He snorted coke, took a couple hits of acid, and topped it off with some hard liquor and downers. This caused him to go into a psychotic episode in which he was paranoid, hearing voices, hallucinating, and struggling with the forces of good and evil within him. I drove from Chicago to Kentucky and brought him back to my 9th floor condo with my lover.
‘Mental illness was not something I had any experience with at all at that time. It was very frustrating to see the brother I knew to be so full of life and excitement, walking around in a zombie like state, refusing to eat, and talking about God and the devil all day. If there was ever a time for me to question the existence of God, it was then. All I knew was that no loving God that I could ever believe in would cause any of his followers to go psychotic. I just wanted my brother back. I didn’t care if he hated me when I was finished rehabilitating him, but I wanted him to be normal again.
‘I took him to the emergency room the day after and waited for hours until a doctor asked Brad to sign himself in. His signature was a sign of what was to come of psychosis, part two: He signed himself in under my name.
‘He made what seemed to be a miraculous recovery within a month of coming home with medications that had painful and weakening side effects.
‘Within three months he was almost back to his usual self, when he decided to move back to Kentucky with our mother. It was not a decision based on insanity, but I strongly advised against it.
‘It was in Kentucky that he met his lover through some personal ads. He moved in with this man in Salem, Indiana. Brad became domesticated. He was following my example of settling down with an sweet older man and living in a house, planting flowers and all that good shit. Suddenly, he was Martha Stewart in overdrive. I couldn’t have been happier for him.
‘His lover couldn’t have made a better first impression on me. He was friendly, outspoken and generous. Unfortunately, that impression changed very quickly when Brad called me a few months later and asked if he could move back in with me. He and his lover had a fist fight and had put each other in the hospital the night before in a drunken rage.
‘He started stripping at a club in Chicago and then made a big mistake by snorting coke one night. That cocaine started the second psychotic episode of his life. Luckily, I caught it very early. He was putting cream in his coffee to counteract the darkness of it which his psychotic personality found very evil. We always drank out coffee black.
‘I took him to the hospital. His recovery was very rapid, but the medication made it impossible for him to dance. He had more time on his hands to think about his lover and he decided to return to him. I was infuriated. How could he go back to that bastard? However, it was his life and he insisted. I couldn’t just kidnap him or hold him hostage until he saw things my way.
‘He started doing coke again and slipped back into the confused and fragile psychotic personality. I was not contacted until he was already hospitalized in Kentucky on a different medical treatment. I was 6 hours away by car, and my family decided they would handle this one.
‘The last thing that Brad needed was conversation with anybody who would feed his psychosis with religious validation. Brad was always gay. He had never been with a woman in his entire life. It was only during psychosis that his personality would change into a holy-roller. My family allowed him to visit with our old family preacher from the local Southern Baptist church when he got out of the hospital where he was told to walk in the light. This preacher took advantage of my brother’s unhealed mental illness to cause further damage to his psyche by condemning his entire adult life. It was Brad’s inability to live with the family when he started snapping out of it because of personality conflict. They liked him better when he was trying to stay straight, but the medications were starting to kick in and he was ready to go back to being gay, and the first stop was his lover’s house.
‘Unfortunately, it was also his last stop. They fought like crazy and had a hell of a rough time. Brad was trying to be independent, yet his lover wanted nothing but to control him any way he could. Their relationship swung very high and very low. Their good times were very good, but their bad times were more frequent and impacting. They were having sex outside the relationship and not being safe with each other. A medical visit came up with his lover having hepatitis B, and oddly enough Brad tested positive for hepatitis C. Ironically, Brad’s diagnosis was inaccurate, but he wouldn’t know that for a year. That year of thinking that he had a potentially fatal illness that could pop up at any time, put an incredible amount of stress on him. He sunk deep into alcoholism with his lover and started going out to gay bars on his own. His lover hated the idea of his man being out in the clubs without him. Brad was arrested for drink driving three times within that year and placed under home incarceration for 9 months.
‘One day he missed an AA meeting.
‘Brad had to walk home from work. He was watching T.V. that night when our little sister called him and he told her he couldn’t wait to go visit her and see her new baby. He was watching “Will & Grace” and laughing. His lover had not shown up, and Brad was pissed because he was missing his AA meeting. At 5 am the next morning I got a call from a friend of Brad’s lover, telling me he had hanged himself overnight.’ — Kyle Matthews
Ted Cox (real name Michael Kelley) was a gay pornographic actor who made movies primarily in the 1980s and 1990s, primarily for Vivid Video. Cox provided a youthful look, and featured a bulldog tattoo on his right shoulder. His videography included Boys on the Block, Pay to Play and Sweet Meat Lost Innocence. He gained notoriety offscreen in 1991 when he was charged with the murder of an older male friend, Michael Frank, in New York City. Cox and Frank had supper together the night before Frank was found dead, having been stabbed 22 times. After spending over a year at Rikers Island prison awaiting trial, he was acquitted having successfully put forth an alibi defense. Following his release, Cox returned to the gay porn video scene, adorned by many more tattoos. His most successful video, Courting Libido, was set in a prison.
‘Tim Barnett (born Bradford Thomas Wagner in Bismarck, North Dakota) was an American pornographic actor who appeared in forty-three gay and bisexual pornographic movies between 1993 and 2000. An Officer and His Gentlemen (1995) was his most popular. Following his exit from pornographic films, Wagner worked as a part-time snowboard instructor, and then as a real estate agent in Aspen, Colorado. He was arrested in June 2004 as a suspect in the rapes of five women between 1993 and 1998 at the Tantra Lake and Bridgewalk apartment complexes in Boulder, Colorado, an unsolved 1994 rape case in Lakewood, Colorado, and another in 1995 in Austin, Texas. According to law enforcement officials, DNA evidence linked him to the crimes. Wagner hanged himself with a bed sheet in his jail cell in Boulder, and died July 13, 2005.’ — Wikipedia
Hollywood, California: On October 28, 1990, the head and feet of William Newton were found in a dumpster in an alley behind Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, Calif. Newton, a gay man, was also known as porn star Billy London. He did gay video work such as: Bulge: Mass Appeal, Hard Choices, Head of the Class, Hot Wired, Imperfect Strangers, and Sex Drive 2020. His gruesome murder was never solved.
‘Look at what happened to Sean Moss. A lot of you may not recognize this name. How about the name Joshua Berlin? Both of these men are one in the same. Sean Moss (a.k.a. Joshua Berlin) was a porn star. He modeled for different web sites such as Bad Puppy and Freshman.
‘Whatever name you want to call him his body still turned up dead January 26th 2011 in the Platt River in Arapahoe County near Denver CO and the murder still goes unsolved to this day. When the autopsy was done heavy concentrations of meth and GHB was found in his system. Though it is a tragic story, you will never hear about it. Pat Sullivan, a name every person in the GLBT community should know, was finally put in front of a judge and sentenced to a month in jail and two years probation in association with a meth for sex scandal in his small town.
‘On November 29th 2011 Pat Sullivan was arrested and charged with possession of meth adjacent to an investigation of a “meth for sex” ring that had been going on for many years. Nobody brought up the fact it was Sean Moss’s death that made the investigators have a more scrutinizing eye into the activities of Pat Sullivan. Pat Sullivan is the same man who was the former Sheriff of Arapahoe County, appointed to federal drug task forces underneath the Clinton administration and was a cyber-terrorism expert. In other words he is a man of power and he abused his power by tricking everyone. He would tell the parents of these young men that he was “helping them get off meth”. What he was really doing was visiting these boys in a house and feeding their addiction to feed his own habit of control.
‘Pat Sullivan and Sean Moss had a misguided relationship. He had control over this young man through his ability to feed Sean Moss’s heavy drug addiction. Pat Sullivan bailed out Sean Moss after he was thrown in jail by his boyfriend for domestic disputes. Also he helped Sean Moss get a job at a local high school which he worked only thirteen days before his body was found in the river. Obviously, Pat Sullivan used his power to subjugate this young man in a jail that his chemical filled senses could not see, taste or touch. At the end Sean Moss was a boy looking for love in every wrong place and nobody was there to look out for him.’ — Next Ooze
Jupiter, Florida; December 8, 2007: A gay porn star caught up in the mysterious death of New York hedge-fund millionaire Seth Tobias broke his silence Friday night and insisted he’s clueless about the case. “I’m happy to talk with the police,” said blond dancer and porn star Christopher Dauenhauer, who uses the stage name Tiger. The 31-year-old dancer and porn star – who has tiger stripes tattooed on his muscular body – said he hadn’t been in touch with the Tobiases and isn’t sure he ever met them.
“This guy may have had a fantasy about me,” he said. “Maybe during his drug binges, he got into this frame of mind where he built our meeting into a relationship. Or maybe he’d seen one of my videos,” he added, referring to porn flicks like Roar of the Tiger. Tiger said he performed at the gay club Cupids – where a bartender claims Tobias and his wife got lap dances – from 1999 to 2002. But a photo of the moneyman – who ran a $300 million fund and did guest spots on CNBC – didn’t ring any bells. “They have these back rooms at Cupids. They’re dark. I met so many people. It’s quite possible I met him during a private show,” he said. “He may have been this one guy I went with to the horse races. We spent quite a lot of time together. Did we have sex? I’m assuming we probably did.” Tiger’s agent, David Forest, downplayed speculation that Tobias may have left Tiger a chunk of cash in his will.
Leo Ford (July 5, 1957 – July 17, 1991), born Leo John Hilgeford in Dayton, Ohio, was a popular 1980s pornographic actor who appeared in numerous gay and bi-sexual pornographic movies and magazines. He was considered a twink, and was at one time romantically linked to porn star Jamie Wingo. He was best known for his pairings with Lance in Leo & Lance and Blonds Do It Best, both directed by William Higgins. He died at the age of 34, a few days after being hit by a car while on a motorcycle in Laguna Beach, California with his lover, Craig Markle, who survived.
‘Sergio Canali (May 9, 1963–August 15, 1994, birthname Paul Francis Sypek) was a pornographic actor (porn star) who appeared in numerous gay pornographic movies in the early and mid-1980s. He also performed as Paul Dirosa in films made by Man-Age Studios and William Higgins. Canali/DiRosa’s bext known films include The French Lieutenant’s Boy, Mikey Likes IT, and One in a Billion. Canali was kidnapped in 1992 while in Florence, Italy by an obsessed fan named Leonardo Vitti. An extensive police manhunt found no trace of him. Two years later, his and Vitti’s remains were found in the basement of an abandoned home belonging to Vitti that was in the process of being demolished. The cause of death in both cases remains unknown.’ — deadpornstars.net
‘It was reported last April 2014 by Czech websites of the suicide of Leo Cooper (one of his gay porn names), where he documented his last moments on Facebook.
‘He earned 11 million for his work in gay porn – roughly $500,000 in US dollars (around $3000 per scene).
‘But, he was unable to find a steady job “He was a decent guy, trying to work. But whenever he came into a new job for a while his porn past would become known and he had to leave. He is truly an extremely well-known actor. He could not accept the fact that his people constantly blaming his former career.”‘ — Men of Porn
‘Budapest, March 23, 2000: A model who was owed money by a gay director is said to have confessed to the stabbing death of director Steve Cadro, who was found murdered March 23 in Budapest, Hungary. Cadro, 52, who’s real name is Korda Istvan, worked with many of the overseas adult companies and distributed titles through All Worlds, Bel Ami, Sarava Productions and Jet Set. He is best known for his recent video The HUNGarians nominated at the GayVN 2000 awards for Best Foreign Release and distributed by Kristen Bjorn’s Sarava Productions.
‘Cadro was found stabbed more than 50 times around the head and back in his apartment in his native Budapest only a day before he was headed to Cuba to shoot an adult video. Hungarian police arrested a young man, identified as a former model named Sanyi and has charged him with the crime. According to sources close to the director, the former model was also a former lover of Cadro’s. The model is married and has a small child and lives near Budapest. Cadro is said to have had many past problems with models, including non-payment of many videos he made for Cadro.
‘A cleaning lady working across the street from Cadro’s apartment saw the youth visiting the director and heard a fight, but saw no assault. She later identified the model to police and the youth had a large amount of cash in U.S. dollars on him. Friends concerned with Cadro’s absence later that day found a trail of bloody footprints leading out of the building and down the many flights of stairs from the top floor apartment. The largest amount of blood was found on the floor near the telephone revealing that Cadro may have tried to call for help after the stabbing, but wasn’t able to and bled to death.
‘Many sources contacted who knew Cadro said they were not surprised about the murder, and that Cadro often had volatile relationships with his models. In the past he would joke with other directors that he was “the devil” and dressed the part at a recent Halloween party. He was known in some circles as the “Beast of Budapest” or “The Birddog of Budapest.” No politicians, no models and few people from the adult industry showed up at his funeral in mid-April. It was a brief, non-religious service and a lone vocalist sang a song before the service. One elderly relative gave a brief eulogy, then four gravediggers carried the casket to an electric hearse, drove it 100 meters to the gravesite and lowered it by hand and shoveled dirt on top. He was buried in a simple wooden casket with “Korda Istvan, age 52” painted on the sides in gold leaf.’
Atlanta, November 24, 2004: Barry Thomas “J.T.” Rogers, an actor who specialized in gay pornography, committed suicide on Nov. 7. He was 39.
Born in Milledgeville, Ga., Rogers was raised by fundamental Baptists and attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina. He moved to California in the late 1980s to pursue an acting career.
Rogers spent the next decade making a name for himself in the gay sex film industry. In 1993, he won Gay Video Guide’s Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as a mafia don in the film Body Search. Two years later, Rogers won a second supporting actor award for his performance in All About Steve. He appeared in over 35 adult films and was best known for playing the character Johnny Rahm.
Rogers moved to Atlanta in 1999 and tried working in stand-up comedy, but struggled financially. According to the Atlanta Police Department, he hung himself on the fence line of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
‘Sebastian Young (a.k.a. Josh Noles) got arrested last year on five charges relating to allegedly raping his five-year-old daughter, possessing kiddie porn and threatening to kill an investigating officer. The 20 separate counts of kiddie porn included “enhance”” charges that hint at Noles possibly producing the porn and/or having his child appear in it. Authorities began investigating Noles after his daughter contracted an STD. Yeesh.
‘Noles apparently had an extensive rap sheet before all these charges though. Sire reports: Sebastian Young has been arrested at least three times for assaulting his wife, with charges eventually being dropped or not formally filed each time. Several years ago, he was arrested and convicted for assault on an elderly person over 65, for which he spent nearly two years in prison. Young has also been arrested at least eight times on multiple drug, DUI, burglary, traffic, and battery charges over the past 12 years.’ — Hornet
‘Earlier this week, I received a tip that scenes featuring 18-year-old amateur gay porn star “Clay” had been removed without explanation from Corbin Fisher, where he had appeared in at least three movies this year. Today, I’ve learned that Clay was the suspect in a workplace shooting over the weekend (no one was hurt—but he did allegedly fire multiple rounds into the restaurant from which he had just been fired). Shortly after the shooting, Clay (legal name Christopher Luke McAteer) turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.’ — str8pgayporn
‘Gay porn star Dave Slick has died at just 26 years old after an annual sex-themed expo. He had attended the Exxotica Expo, an annual adult convention, in Chicago. Police found him unconscious in the Qdoba restaurant bathroom on the 100 block of West Jackson on Friday morning (8 June). He was transported to Rush University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead 15 minutes later. Friends had said he was due to appear at the convention on Saturday, and reported him missing to police in the afternoon. Investigators had learned he died a day earlier.’ — Gay Star News
‘Mr. Windham said he had no idea who he had hired until U.S. Marshals called him Thursday morning while he was in Las Vegas at a billiards trade show. He said he immediately Googled Mr. Andrews after the conversation, only to confirm that his new manager, who had worked at the club for only three days, was a self-professed British “porn star” and DJ who allegedly conspired with his porn actress girlfriend via text messaging to bludgeon to death Florida businessman Dennis “Scooter” Abrahamsen after a sex party in the victim’s Tampa-area home.
‘Graphic text messages exchanged between the pair the night of the killing seem to indicate excitement at what they allegedly planned to do, according to court documents provided by the Pasco County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office in which Mr. Andrews is charged with first-degree murder. “I’m (expletive) excited to (expletive) someone up,” writes Mr. Andrews’ girlfriend, Amanda Logue, in the wee morning hours of May 15. “I want to (have sex) after we kill him.”
‘Authorities said the couple made off with $6,000 in cash, the victim’s credit card and a video camera, waiting until others at the party left so they could carry out the killing.
‘A Twitter posting on May 14 by Mr. Andrews, who went by the screen name Addison and participated in gay porn, included a pornographic picture of Ms. Logue and the statement they were in Florida “killing time waiting for a party to find us.”
‘Two weeks later, Ms. Logue was in the Pasco County Jail, charged with first-degree murder for what authorities say happened after the sex party. On May 16, authorities found Mr. Abrahamsen face-down on a massage table in his living room with his head bashed in and multiple stab wounds on his upper back. He had a sex toy between his legs and blood was splattered all over the walls and ceiling fan, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s criminal complaint.’ — Times Free Press
‘People within the porn industry and beyond are today mourning the death of 30-year old adult film star Erik Rhodes. Rhodes, known for flexing his enormous muscles for Falcon and then Raging Stallion studios, died of a heart attack that appears to have been caused by his regular steroid use.
‘According to FrontiersLA, Rhodes was in a dark place before his death. He posted the following message on his Tumblr the day before his death.’ — Pink News
p.s. Hey. ** Dominick, Hey, hey! I’m good, good-ish. Yesterday, hm, I would say a 5, meaning it was just another one for the most part, or maybe a 6, okay. I got friended on Facebook by this super legendary (in my world at least) guy Kramer, who’s a musician (was in Butthole Surfers, Bongwater, other bands), producer (Low, Daniel Johnston, Galaxie 500, White Zombie, etc.) and ran the great record label Shimmy-Disc. So that was cool. Then it turned he’s a fan of my books and wants me to be on some spoken word album he’s producing. So that’s great. The best thing in the world is when someone you admire turns out to admire your stuff. It’s always so mindboggling. That was kind of the day’s highlight. Ouch, I hope the migraine’s gone. Do they pretty much die by the next day? I don’t know ‘Prisoners’. I’ll check it out. I really disliked his ‘Blade Runner’ movie, but I’ve heard some of his earlier stuff is good. I think I saw ‘Sicario’. I can’t remember what I thought, though. Anyway, I hope your head is clear as the veritable bell today and that your day took full advantage of that. Love transmitted to my fingers that subsequently type the world love, Dennis. ** David Ehrenstein, She is indeed. She lives in Paris. I’m going to meet up with her once we’re de-locked down. ** Montse, Montse!!!! I’ve been thinking about you and Xet so mjuch and wondering how you’re doing through all of this, so it’s really great and a relief to hear from you! I think you guys have it even harder than we do, from what I read. What a horrible mess, no? How you are spending your days and getting by? Is it as scary there as it sounds? It’s not exactly scary here, but it’s so weird and getting very tiresome. Zac, Michael, Bene, Milo are all just fine, at least as of yesterday. I figure if we’re all still okay, we’ll probably stay okay since it would be hard to get it under the circumstances here. Stay really safe! It’s wonderful to see you! Fill me in if you feel like it. Mega-love, Dennis. ** _Black_Acrylic, I think you’d like her films. There’s something sort of joyous about them. Good about getting the writing done. Are you still angling to finish that longer story by mid-month? ** Nick Toti Hi, Nick. No problem, man, I don’t even know what my mind is doing these days. Thanks a lot for laying out your anarchist clowning history. Very interesting. I sounds like pretty big fun. And thanks for the link. I’ll go watch the film. I’ve got time galore. Oh, and the series. Wow, I didn’t know about that project of yours. Cool, I’m on it. Yeah, thanks a lot, man. Hope your today happens happeningly. ** Misanthrope, All the luck there is on the querying front, man. I know the name Hari Kunzru. A bell is ringing, but I don’t know if I’ve read him. Give me a book report please. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. Think I’ll skip ‘The Other Lamb’ then. Interesting: the actor’s interest and curiosity about your impetus. That McKamey doc sounds ridiculous. I think we should all collectively agree to have a Day Without Conspiracy Theories. I would prefer a Lifetime Without, but … Except the conspiracy believers think they’re the truth’s harbingers, so big nope on that idea. So tiresome. Look forward to your BR piece. Everyone, The Brooklyn Rail has just published an article by Mr. Erickson intriguingly entitled “Dance Punks Punk Dance”, so let’s go find out what in the world that title portends, shall we? Over here. ** Okay. Today you get a quite old and rather gritty restored post that will surely do something to you and maybe even curl your hair? See you tomorrow.