The Dark Tale of the Porn Star, the Dead Millionaire and the Tortured Beauty Queen

The twisted tale of a male stripper from San Antonio who became Miami's biggest porn star before being accused of murder and torturing a teenage beauty queen.

Despite their unusual first encounter on set, the porn star and the beauty queen had a normal — almost boring — relationship. At least until it went violently awry.

She called him Dragon. He called her Bird. They would spend hours inside Snavely's South Beach apartment, watching movies. For Amber, it was an escape from her wealthy but broken family. For John, it was the closest thing to a normal childhood he would ever get.

Mentally, they were an equal match. But in every other way, Snavely had the upper hand. He was twice her size. And when he left her to go to a shoot or to party on the weekend, she was effectively trapped inside his apartment. At first, her family worried that she'd been kidnapped before grudgingly accepting that she was seeing a porn star.

John Snavely made his fortune when he moved from San Antonio stripper to Miami porn-movie star.
Joseph Laney
John Snavely made his fortune when he moved from San Antonio stripper to Miami porn-movie star.
Millionaire Samuel Del Brocco was found dead — stabbed half a dozen times in the chest — shortly after meeting John Snavely.
Joseph Laney
Millionaire Samuel Del Brocco was found dead — stabbed half a dozen times in the chest — shortly after meeting John Snavely.

It wasn't easy dating the Champ. He had sex with other women and stripped for gay men for a living. "He liked the porn, but he always said it would mess us up somehow," Amber says. "He felt like he couldn't be completely faithful to me with his job. He didn't feel right about it. Sometimes it felt like cheating." Eventually, she became convinced he was cheating on her outside of work, too.

"At the end of the day, I knew he loved me," she says. "I thought that was enough. It was stupid." She posted pictures on Instagram and Facebook of them eating out at expensive restaurants.

But jealousy also consumed Champ. He began believing that his underage girlfriend was running around on him, even though she could barely leave his apartment. When he caught her texting another man, he smashed her phone. Five separate times.

"He tried to isolate her so that she couldn't talk to us," says Amber's grandma, a short Cuban woman with highlighted hair and spectacles. "She wouldn't leave him. God knows why, but he drove her crazy."

Fueled by drugs, Snavely's jealousy spun out of control. One night, his flatmate was washing the dishes when Snavely slowly walked into their shared kitchen. The hulking porn star was clutching something dark in his hand. He was somber, almost crying. "I cut off her hair," he mumbled. "I cut off her hair.

"I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," he said. "I shouldn't have done this. I'm freaking out." Snavely had been interrogating Amber over her supposed infidelities when he suddenly grabbed a pair of scissors and snipped off a swath of her hair, he confessed.

That wasn't the end of the abuse, either. A few months later, the flatmate saw Amber emerge from Snavely's room with dark spots on her face. She tried to disappear inside, but he grabbed her and asked her what had happened. "He burnt me," she said. "He burnt me last night."

Snavely had held a lighter to his knife, then pressed the burning blade to Amber's face, arms and legs, according to police reports. He was trying to coax a confession from the beauty queen by destroying her looks.

Horrified, the roommate called the cops. But Amber wouldn't cooperate. When the flatmate took her to her grandma's house, Amber instead called Snavely to pick her up. Later that day, the flatmate received a call from the Champ.

"So you're going to the police? That's where we're headed with this?" Snavely shouted.

"He wanted to know if I was trying to fuck his girl or take his shit," the flatmate remembers. "I started freaking out. This dude had chopped off her hair and burned up her face. Who knew what he was going to do to her? I kept having visions of her being tied up somewhere or dead."

Snavely and Amber lay low for several months, staying in hotels. But the porn star couldn't hide from himself. His drug addiction was getting worse, and the law was creeping ever closer. On December 9, 2012, Snavely and three friends were pulled over in Fort Pierce. Cops found marijuana, Xanax and amphetamines in the car. Snavely took credit for the drugs, claiming he had a prescription for the pills. While at the police station, Snavely asked for some water, snatched a Xanax and downed it before cops could stop him.

He was busted again during a similar stop this summer. On June 22, he and one of the same buddies were rolling around South Beach in a gray BMW with the windows down, smoking pot and bumping EDM, when cops caught a whiff. When they stopped him, officers found Snavely literally covered in weed. "The defendant was observed to have loose marijuana on his clothing," the arrest report says. Inside the trunk were "suspect steroids, HGH, and syringes."

Snavely quickly bonded out of jail after each arrest. But the law was catching up with him. When he was sentenced to probation for the Fort Pierce drug arrest, authorities took a swab of the inside of his cheek before he was released.

On the morning of July 25, Snavely woke up at Amber's apartment after a late night of stripping. He drove south to his Edgewater apartment, parked his BMW and poured himself a bowl of cereal. Suddenly, a staccato burst of fists began pounding on his front door. Before Snavely could get up from his couch, cops smashed the lock and swept into his living room with their guns drawn.

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wolfieg2000
wolfieg2000

So  tired  of  hearing  about  the Vulgar Pigs   of  the  World  and  their  excuses  and rationalizations  of  their  conduct.

wordlover
wordlover

I'm totally hooked now.  The words taunted me and I succumbed to them.  

 
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