Twink Porn Bloodbath

by Quentin

Making a porn film is not as glamorous and easy you might think. You need to make it cheap with the lowest, albeit hottest, common denominators. And these “common denominators” might not be able to multiply but simply slit your throat out of a random fit of homophobia or after several nights of smoking crystal meth.

Imagine the crime scene. A 39-year-old Caucasian man had been stabbed 28 times. His throat was cut to the extent that he was almost decapitated. The body lay in the bedroom of his Pennsylvania home as the house burned and burned. The police ended up having to use dental records to identify the victim.

His name was Bryan Kocis, a gay pornography director and producer. Kocis founded Cobra Video in 2001, 6 years before his death. His company focused on making porn in the “twink” category—boys who were supposedly over 18 but looked 18 or younger. On top of being twinky, there was a lot of barebacking—fucking without a condom—an almost a natural reaction against the safer sex era when I first came out a decade ago.

It was everything for hotness. Even I dug it, as a casual consumer of porn.

In 2004, Bryan Kocis created Brent Corrigan, a power bottom twink played by Sean Lockhart. Brent Corrigan catapulted Kocis’ company’s bareback twink porn to commercial success. In 2005, Sean Lockhart claimed that he falsified his identification documents to make his early films with Kocis’ knowledge, resulting in a couple of Cobra’s early films being pulled from the shelves. That also marked the beginning of a bitter porn name custody battle between Kocis and Lockhart.

At that point, both Kocis and Lockhart created their own websites to capitalize on Brent Corrigan. The publicity and legal feud between Kocis and Lockhart got nastier and nastier. Eventually, Lockhart moved to San Diego trying to stay out of drama and bad press.

In January of 2007, Kocis was murdered and his body was discovered as his house was on fire. The first thought that popped into the popular media’s mind was… could Brent Corrigan/Sean Lockhart be responsible? Could he be a suspect?

The killers turned out to be a gay hustling couple from Virginia Beach, Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, who were dubbed the “Myspace Killers” because not only that the two left a trail of cyber clues the younger Cuadra posted photos of him and Sean Lockhart (Brent Corrigan) on his Myspace page. Cuadra lured Kocis via e-mail claiming to be a new model. The gay couple was then caught on video camera buying a gun and knife that matched the murder weapon used to kill Kocis.

In his testimony, Lockhart said Cuadra talked to him several times over Myspace, e-mail and the phone and was eager to work with Lockhart. Cuadra even offered to pay up to 10K to be in a video with Lockhart. Theory had it that Cuadra and Kerekes wanted to work with Lockhart so badly that they were willing to kill Kocis for it.

At the trial, Cuadra said that Kocis controlled his life, drawing a parallel to Stockholm Syndrome. How romantic, eh? He said that it was his lover who wanted to kill Kocis, not him.

Well, Cuadra was found guilty of all charges.

I was fascinated by this case not only because it was Fargo set in the gay porn world. When I first came to L.A., I was offered an opportunity to work in porn. I met a mutual friend Dennis Phung who was a prolific porn director/producer that used the pseudonym Derek Powers. I was just starting film school at UCLA and I gave him a bunch of experimental shorts that I made in hope of getting a gig as an editor or possibly a director in porn.

One night, Dennis invited me to his apartment in Hollywood Hills and started talking about my works. He said my works were too experimental and he wondered if I could cut together a cohesive narrative. Then he asked, “Why don’t you act in a porn for me? As a favor?”

I was 22 and freshly graduated from the Yale Graduate School in English. I didn’t want to act in porn. I wouldn’t mind working behind the scenes to make some money—like Scorsese or De Palma did—but definitely not in front of the camera.

The last straw was he asked me to give him a massage. I excused myself and never heard from him until… Three years later, I got back from the gym to my then boyfriend’s Westwood apartment and saw Dennis’ photo on television.

“That’s my friend on TV!” I exclaimed.

Dennis was murdered by two young males that he picked up for “modelling” in his Hollywood Hills apartment. That is the life of a gay porn director. You get some desperate kids to make a porn at the low points in their lives by offering them a few hundred bucks each and perhaps even a place to crash. According to Los Angeles Times, Dennis was “beaten to death in 1996 in his Hollywood apartment by two transient teenagers he had hired as photo models. They used a claw hammer and–to make sure there was no doubt about their motive–left a mask on his head with the words ‘gay bash’ scrawled across it.”

So aren’t I glad I didn’t get into porn?

11 responses to “Twink Porn Bloodbath

  1. Are you suggesting that this would have happened to you? Are you further suggesting that this is typical of what happens in the gay porn industry?

    I’ve been covering gay porn for six-and-a-half-years and while, yes, these tragedies have been known to happen, the adult entertainment business is no more or less risky on a physical level than any other business. Probably even less so, given the sheer volume of people who participate in it.

    It’s important your readers not take away the idea that we’re a bunch of murderous psychopaths. There are bad apples in every bunch including journalism.

  2. It’s really the lifestyle how gay adult industry is exploitative of young and mostly uneducated talents. Joey Stefano is another example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Stefano

    It’s the drugs, the lifestyle and the general level of people being involved.

  3. Chad Noel, one of the Cobra boys, died 25 of HIV complications. He also testified in the Kocis trial

    http://www.queerty.com/chad-noel-porn-co-star-of-an-underage-brent-corrigan-dies-at-25-20100329/

  4. I agree with you, Quentin. It’s a combustible mix. But I also feel – as in your example with Joey Stefano – that these are kids that have problems that go far deeper and have existed for far longer than anything the porn world might have induced. The “anything goes” mentality of porn – both gay and straight – is probably a catalyst but not a cause.

    This could have happened in any similar circumstance. (e.g. the music industry, the theater, the hospitality industry, any place where drugs and alcohol are rampant.)

    Besides, you’re far too intelligent to ever have something like that happen to you. Most porn stars are guilty of deep-seated insecurities, nothing more, nothing less. The inclination to murder is a much deeper (and much rarer) chestnut.

  5. It’s funny I have to say a lot is about being intelligent and being in the right frame of mind. Even as a single gay man, you tend to expose yourself a lot of risks. How often would you pick up someone hot and just bring him home to have sex at your place? You don’t really know this person at all and this person could be a psychopath. Especially in America… the home of serial killers from Andrew Cunanan to John Wayne Gacy to Jeffrey Dahmer.

    Why do we do this? I guess it’s really stemmed from the history of homosexuality… of the Love that Dares Not Speak its Name… when Oscar Wilde would cruise the queer street of Victorian England for boys. In this course of history… that’s really how gay men have been meeting each other from the streets to the bars to the bathhouses to the clubs and to now the internet.

    With gay porn, you need to create a cheap product with minimal resources. How do you keep the resources minimal? You pick kids off the street who are desperate and probably not too smart. To keep the costs low, you may shoot at your house and may even let the kids crash there so you can all do some partying after. You are exposing yourself to a lot of risks… much more than picking up strangers at the clubs, I’d say.

  6. There are thousands of movies made each year in the porn industry with literally tens of thousands of performers. All without incident. You have a better chance of getting struck by a bus – or catching HIV/AIDS – than you do being brutally murdered by a wacked gay porn performer.

    That’s an interesting point you’ve raised, however, about the exploitative nature of the industry: preying on young men who are desperate for cash. I would like to hear your thoughts on that subject. Perhaps for a future post?

  7. Great read. I was just thinking of Brent Corrigan and stumbled upon his interesting connections.

  8. Brent Corrigan is now in Hawaii for the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival!

  9. … and now I’m waiting for the movie… non-pornographic, lifetime style, though, something on day time, perhaps…

  10. A book is now out about the case. It seems Corrigan/Lockheart was saying Kocis was complicit with the age cover-up but later he said Kocis kept hounding him for ID and the harassment over the ID was what brought the truth out and caused their split, which seems likely. I don’t see how he can say Kocis knew everything AND that he pressured him for the ID.
    Another reason for their split seems to be Corrigan felt undercompensated. The contract he signed when he was 18 called for 6 scenes at $3,500 a scene, a paid cell phone and a $20k car. It is apparent that he simply wanted to cut out the house and was looking for help, first from several failed websites, then with Falcon. He has a history of trying to cut out the house with several partners.
    Even if he didn’t discuss killing Kocis, which is a big if, he did try to use Cuarda to break his modelling contract with Cobra. The photos of him and Cuadra naked on a beach two weeks after Kocis was murdered speak volumes.

  11. cazzo@fottit.it

    Did you know Derek Powers? I know he was born in Saigon how did he come to the U.S., did he fight in the Vietcong? lol

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