The book about the infamous Bryan Kocis murder that I suspect one of the book's authors has been shilling in threads about Brent Corrigan/Sean Lockhart for at least the past year has finally been published.
I can't really recommend the book for the prose, which is pretty straight-forward and doesn't seem to offer any real insight or analysis, and contains very few primary sources. But the details are fascinating.
It's also a little eerie to me reading about the lives of the two killers, Harlow Cuadra and Joe Kerekes, lived near me. It's just kind of downright creepy to read about their lives with so many landmarks I actually know. That doesn't happen often with me.
Anyway, anybody got any good insight on the pair? Or America's Gay Porn Sweetheart?
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only know what I read online, but did follow the story when it happened. such a sad story. Was the motive purely financial or was love/lust a factor as well?
Like I said, the book doesn't have any particular insights, but it seems like the two dudes were desperate for money, and somehow concluded that if they killed Kocis and were able to make videos with Corrigan, all their problems would be solved.
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The killers were total idiots! Brent Corrigan didn't even get rich being Brent Corrigan, what made these two morons think he could make them rich?
See what stupidity and a complete and total lack of respect for human life can get you. Murder as a part of your business model. Scary stuff.
Did the authors of this book even interview any of Bryan Kocis's freinds or family or former models? I bet they didn't.
I don't think they conducted a single interview.
Every source that I really looked at was either from media accounts, blog postings, or court documents.
The final chapter has a jailhouse interview with Kerekes, but I don't even think they were the ones who did it.
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I finished this book last night and was not impressed.
The writing is clunky at best, as if it had been run through Google Translate from the original German or something; also, bad grammar and syntax abound - the writers love to overuse and misuse the word "ironically," for example.
The general flow of the story is not there. The authors jump back and forth in time for no apparent reason. I know the basic facts and timeline of the story, but even I was lost in this bad retelling.
I do not recommend buying this POS book.
Well what's the point of doing the book if you aren't going to do basic stuff like interview acquaintances of the principles envolved.
I want to know what Bryan Kocis was like and I want the information from people who don't have a vested interest in making him look bad (brent corrigan) or good.
What about the DL troll who was sure Lockhart was really the Mr. Big behind the murder? Was it his book?
I doubt it. The book has two authors, and seems very impressed by him.
They also don't paint Kocis as a monster, which is good, but again, it's like looking at the case through a lens or a mirror, because they're not doing anything that I couldn't do on my own.
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I think the author (or someone connected to him) used to post on DL.
This book has been on my Amazon wishlist but kept on getting delayed. I didn't realize it was already out.
I'm only three chapters into the book, but honestly, so far I'm finding it pretty interesting. I like that the chapters are broken into sub-chapters of sorts.
I agree that Kocis isn't painted as a villian.
I'm disappointed to hear that the authors are going to be very favorable to Brent Corrigan. I certainly don't think he masterminded the murder or anything, but I don't think he's the 'innocent' he played to be (about his age when he started and about his desire to cash in on his own 'brand'). I'm wondering how 'right' Brent's ex Grant Roy was about Brent getting control of his own productions so that when he is 'old and gray', he'll still be cashing in.
Thus far, I'm surprised how easily the murderers were caught. All of that internet stuff seems to have been a map straight to their front door. The 'he did it'/'no. he did it' defense was pretty lame. I guess neither of them realized when you're present for a murder, you are BOTH considered to be involved in it. Lesson learned - act alone so your partner can't sell you out.
I don't think Brent C is a murderer but he's clearly a lying manipulative unstrustworthy person.
I agree that Sean's no murderer but neither is he innocent he portrays himself as. The timing of his revelation about his age says a lot.
Wait until you're well-known and in demand, make all your previous work unsellable, then break off on your own. It turned out not to be possible illegally to break away from Kocis as Sean/Brent imagined, until Kocis' highly fortuitous (for SL) murder.
I worked for them from April 2005 to January 2007. I am the porn actor Justin that appeared in a handful of their videos unfortunately. The two writers of the book didn't ask any of the formal models/actors for any interviews. From what I heard, those two were probably in love with Harlow because I'd always hear about him. Those two were fools to kill an innocent man, but justice was served and now those two will die in prison! Should of used your heads, at least some common sense.
Hey Justin, was Joe as much of an asshole as everybody says?
And how did you like having him slam his hard 5 inches into you? ;)
Having finished the book, I have to say I thought it was pretty good overall (typos and grammar notwithstanding).
I didn't follow the case when it first happened, so it was all pretty informative (although I agree it was light on interviews with folks involved and relied more on court records, testimony, etc).
I thought the presecution and policework was spot on. While these guys seemed to think they committed a 'perfect' murder, it was amazing how much circumstantial evidence was piled upon them so quickly. Really, without any DNA, etc .... it was all about phone records, computer records, receipts of purchase, etc. EVERYTHING we all do is apparently very, very traceable.
And ultimately I don't think Sean Paul Lockhart/Brent Corrigan came off *that* well. The final word was left with Bryan Kocis sister, who said meeting Sean was the worst thing that ever happened to her brother. She basically said Sean was equally a predator and out for his own financial gain as well. And the writers make pretty clear that Sean liked to paint himself as the big victim in this scenario, when ultimately that would be the guy who was KILLED. Sean/Brent definitely comes off as most self absorbed.
Harlow also does too, particularly with this statement that 'good looking people are harder to convict'. I guess the jury didn't find him all that good looking (although his testimony was completely absurd).
I'm going to say this is a good, quick summer read. Particularly because the subject matter is so gay, gay, GAY .... and that's hard to find lately.
i have been corresponding with joseph shortly after his incarceration and have tremendous insight about not the schematics of the case but more of the other tantalizing aspects regarding the case....I attempted to let the authors know (per Joe's wishes)more of Joe's point of view but never got a response.....wanted to wait until their book was out before writing a book via Joesph's point of view....while that is merely in the works as I write this trust me it will be better written and more cohesive than Stoner's or Conways book.....believe me this is not the end of this crime.
sorry about the ending of my previous message...meant to type that this is not the end of the details concerning the case that lead`to Joe and harlow's incarceration.
I do hope you write a book. I'd certainly buy it.
Cobra Killer is NOT the definitive book on this subject.
Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella, The Two President Judges of Luzerne County during Cuadra's Trial, are in prison for turning The Luzerne County Court into a Racketeering Enterprise in re the KIDS-FOR-CASH SCANDAL. Peter Paul Olszewski, the Judge over Cuadra's Trial, was voted out of office when a photo surfaced of him with Kids-For-Cash Judge Michael Conahan and a convicted drug dealer. At one point, one of the Racketeering President Judges assigned The Luzerne County Public Defender to represent Harlow Cuadra when the Chief Public Defender lawyer (Al FLora) was the lawyer for Bryan Kocis' estate and Kocis' relatives. The Luzerne County DA during Cuadra's trial (Jackie Musto Carroll) was voted out of office over Kids-For-Cash and her First Assistant DA Michael Melnick was essentially demoted from First Assistant DA by the new incoming DA. Kids-For-Cash Judge Mark Ciavarella's name doesn't even appear to be in The Cobra Killer book even though Ciavarella was President Judge of The Luzerne County Court System (at one point) during Cuadra's Trial.
I read the subject line as "Colby Keller" ... and was hoping for hot porn goodness.
BTW, Michael Melnick was the lead prosecutor for Luzerne County for Cuadra's prosecution and Melnick perpetrated the now infamous claim that "Sean Lockhart was CONTRACTUALLY BOUND to Cobra Video"
An "agreement" to pay someone to have sex for the production of porn (or, for any other reason) is called PROSTITUTION. No one has yet gotten any court to honor a Fuck Contract. Even in California, where the production of porn has been decriminalized, prostitution is still illegal (meaning that no porn company in California has yet gotten a court to enforce any contract the porn company had with a performer).
I always wondered about that, R21. How is porn legal but prostitution isn't? I figured the different was that in the former you are paying someone to have sex with someone else, and in the latter you are paying them to have sex with you.
I don't get the difference, other than the camera. So if Jake Cruise pays a hot twink to have sex with him in his bedroom, it's prostitution and both are guilty.
If jake sets up a camera, it's porn and it's ok?
[quote]An "agreement" to pay someone to have sex for the production of porn (or, for any other reason) is called PROSTITUTION. No one has yet gotten any court to honor a Fuck Contract. Even in California, where the production of porn has been decriminalized, prostitution is still illegal (meaning that no porn company in California has yet gotten a court to enforce any contract the porn company had with a performer).
Isn't that also a violation of the Mann Act?
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When you realize that porn companies can't contractually bind anybody to fuck for money, this nice little story Assistant DA Michael Melnick painted at Cuadra's trial about Bryan Kocis being a proper business man with a CONTRACT falls apart.
Again, The Cobra Killer Book is about something that happened in LUZERNE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA and it apparently doesn't even mention Infamous Kids-For-Cash Judge Mark Ciavarella (when Ciavarella was President Judge of The Luzerne County Court System during Harlow Cuadra's prosecution).
"I certainly don't think he masterminded the murder or anything"
I do. He's a lying, ambitious whore.
r25 then you know something the DA's Office of Lucerne County doesn't. They cleared Corrigan and his lover of any involvement.
If you are just talking out of your ass, then you are a bitter asshole.
That DA you refer to (Jackie Musto Carroll) was booted out of Office because she (her office) was too stupid to realize that The Kids-For-Cash Scandal was happening right under her nose.
And, it was the Luzerne County DA's Office that claimed and continues to claim that BC was contractually bound to fuck for money for Cobra Video.
David Lupas, The DA in Luzerne County before Musto-Carroll, just saw his father get arrested for running a decades long ponzi scheme. Lupas' campaign for Judge was financed in part by money donated to his campaign by Lupas's father. Former DA David Lupas replaced Kids-For-Cash Judge Mark Ciavarella as the judge of Luzerne County Juvenile Court when Kids-For-Cash broke? And, David Lupas was the DA when Bryan Kocis' guilty plea was "corrected" some years after the fact by Kids-For-Cash Judge Michael Conahan
r27, that still doesn't prove that Brent Corrigan is a master criminal that engineered a murder and hid every spec of evidence of the crime from the police, the DAs office, California police (that also investigated), the Military (which also investigated), Pennsylvania reporters and the writers of the Cobra Killer book.
What color is the sky in your and Damon Kruezer's world?
[quote][R27], that still doesn't prove that Brent Corrigan is a master criminal that engineered a murder and hid every spec of evidence of the crime from the police, the DAs office, California police (that also investigated), the Military (which also investigated), Pennsylvania reporters and the writers of the Cobra Killer book.
And the Feds. Cuadra and Kerekes were under a RICO investigation even before Kocis was killed.
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The RICO against Cuadra and Kerekes was a STATE RICO brought by Virginia, not the feds. What is interesting here is that because prostitution is illegal and because Virginia has not decriminalized prostitution, Virginia could claim that EACH AND EVERY SINGLE TIME CUADRA AND KEREKES "CONTRACTED" WITH SOMEONE TO DO PORN was an act of fraud that could serve as a count in a RICO suit. Under the same theory,
Each and every instance in which Bryan Kocis "contracted" with someone to do porn in Pennsylvania could serves as a count in a PA State RICO suit (and or a Fed RICO). AND, we all know that the proceeds from a Racketeering Enterprise don't go to one's parents and sister.
Correction: meant to say that the RICO against Cuadra and Kerekes was brought pursuant to Virginia State RICO Law. I think the suit was actually filled by the city where Cuadra and Kerekes lived in Virginia
I find it somewhat unsettling that a convicted killer directed and starred in one of my favorite gay porn movies of all time, Young Bucks in Heat. I suppose when watching & jacking off in the future I can just focus on the twinkilicious Mason Banks.
Are there a lot of people buying this Cobra Killer book?
Not according to its sales rank on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle.
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My understanding is that the problems between Kocis and Lockhart had to do with a contractual obligation. R is right that it would be unenforceable as it's tantamount to prostitution.
The issue was the "Brent Corrigan" name which Kocis/Cobra owned.
Why did the authors need a book publisher (with no printing facilities of its own) to release a book to paperback and kindle?
William Ecenbarger's new book "Kids For Cash" exposes "The Culture of Corruption" that has existed in Luzerne County Pennsylvania FOR DECADES. The Culture of Corruption that was responsible for allowing Bryan Kocis to operate a gay porn production studio out of his basement in a residential district. And, a culture of corruption which ultimately lead to Two Judges "selling" kids into juvenile detention for kickbacks from the owner of the private juvenile prison.
From the book:
"From the beginning, the coal barons formed alliances with anyone who could be helpful, and one powerful group that became intimately associated with the mining business was organzied crime. The first mob boss in northeastern Pennsylvania was Sicilian-born Santo Volpe, who ran bootlegging, gambling, and prostitution operations while heading up several coal companies ... The juvenile justice scandal of the first decade of the twenty-first century is the worst manifestation of a legacy of official wrongdoing in Pennsylvania's Anthracite coal region ... there is a "culture of corruption" that has snared judges, congressmen, legislators, councilmen, and school directors for decades."