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Porn History 101: ‘Cobra Killer,’ A Book about Gay Porn Company Owner Bryan Kocis’ murder, is a collaborative effort

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from www.golackawanna.com – Having never met in person, published author Andrew E. Stoner and blogger Peter A. Conway managed to chronicle the horrific murder of a Dallas Township adult movie producer and the investigation that followed in a 324-page book.

“Cobra Killer,” published by Magnus Books of New York City, is scheduled to be in bookstores within the next week.

The book details events and the conspiracy that led to the killing of Bryan Kocis [pictured] inside his Dallas Township residence on Jan. 24, 2007, and the arrests of two male escorts and gay pornography actors in Virginia.

Stoner, a journalism doctorate student at Colorado State University, said he immediately became interested in the Kocis case after reading Conway’s blog about the homicide and investigation. Conway, of Virginia, said he blogged about the case because he once lived in the same apartment building as the two suspects, Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, in Norfolk.

“I started reading his blog at the same time I was looking around for a new book idea,” Stoner said, adding he has written true-crime books and an autobiography of a former Indiana governor.

Conway, who owns his own hotel marketing business, said he collaborated with Stoner to co-author “Cobra Killer.”

“It wasn’t difficult to work together despite having never met Andrew,” Conway said. “There was a lot of sharing back and forth. Andrew had a keen sense which direction to go with the book at the same time I had gathered all the information about the two suspects and the investigation.”

Kocis, 44, owned and operated Cobra Video, a production company of pornographic films that featured young men. Kocis’ company was involved in a legal dispute with Cobra Video contract model Sean Lockhart of San Diego.

Under the terms of a settlement reached in mid-January 2007, Lockhart was compelled to pay Cobra Video a percentage of any earnings from other gay movies he starred in.

“Cobra Killer” follows the conspiracy by Cuadra and Kerekes who planned and followed through with killing Kocis, whom they considered their main rival in the business, and then going on the run, hiding out in Florida and visiting Lockhart and his partner, Grant Roy, at a nude beach in San Diego.

Kerekes pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and a Luzerne County jury convicted Cuadra of first-degree homicide. They were both sentenced to life in prison.

“It is an interesting story, but it doesn’t exploit the situation,” Stoner said about “Cobra Killer.” “It captures the events and tells an interesting story along the way.”

The book includes interviews with Dallas Township police Sgt. Doug Higgins, Luzerne County assistant district attorneys Michael Melnick and Shannon Crake, Kocis’ neighbors on Midland Court, jurors Tom Stavitzski and James Scutt III, and Kerekes. The book further cites local media accounts of the homicide, investigation and the dramatic trial before former Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr.

“My biggest desire with the book was to write it in a way that it wasn’t prejudiced towards anyone,” Conway said. “We wanted to keep it honest and fair and to tell the truth.”

Stoner and Conway said they hope to meet each other for the first time at a yet-to-be scheduled book signing in the area.

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