Former Club Essence dancer charged with murder
of man in Florida
QSanAntonio, December 28, 2013 (Photo via: TheDirty.com)
A male stripper and porn star who in recent years performed at Club Essence
in San Antonio has been arrested for the September 2010 murder of a man
John "Champ" Snavely, 26, was charged with the murder of Sam
Del Brocco after his DNA was taken in June during a drug arrest in Miami
and later was found to match DNA at the scene of Del Brocco's murder.
A report in the Miami New Times says that Del Brocco met Snavely at the
Boardwalk, a strip club in Ft. Lauderdale. Del Brocco took Snavely back
to his townhouse in Pompano Beach where, in an apparent struggle, Snavely
stabbed him to death.
Police say Snavely's DNA was taken from a marijuana joint and a can of
soda in the apartment and his fingerprints were found inside Del Brocco's
In a report in the Washington Post, Tom Jackman writes the 60-year-old
Del Brocco had a "colorful life as a psychologist, rock musician
and finally chief executive of a consulting company in Alexandria (VA)."
Snavely was born in San Antonio into family with an absent father and
a mother who had constant run-ins with the police. As a teenager, Snavely
racked up a police record for a series of petty crimes.
When he was stripping in San Antonio, the New Times writes that Snavely,
"began by dancing for women but switched to stripping for men because
it paid better. Soon he was offering 'private dances' to male customers.
He would go with them to their homes, leading them to believe they'd get
more than a dance."
The Washington Post says, "Snavely has a history of run-ins with
the law. He is wanted in Texas for violation of probation on assault charges
and has been arrested multiple times on drug possession charges, according
to police records."
The New Times reports that Snavely was "discovered" in San Antonio
in 2009 by a South Florida porn recruiter named Justin Caro. Snavely moved
to Florida in early 2010 and began his career as porn star. Snavely was
"gay for pay," Caro told the New Times.
murder trial set for porn star with S.A. roots
San Antonio Express-News, January 13, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In this self-proclaimed gay mecca, the twisted
tale of a San Antonio-bred porn star accused of stabbing a 60-year-old
millionaire to death three years ago after a night of booze and drugs
has faded from the public's memory, even though it hasn't gone to trial.
star John Snavely murders millionaire
Miami New Times, November 7, 2013
The first thing cops noticed was the footprints. They began near the entrance
to the expensive oceanfront townhouse: size-12 sneaker outlines, stamped
arrested in Alexandria man’s stabbing
Washington Post, August 9, 2013
Police this week announced an arrest and possible motive in Sam Del Brocco’s
slaying, which had been a mystery since the 60-year-old Alexandria executive
was found dead on a Sunday night in September 2010. John Snavely, 26,
a pornographic film performer and exotic dancer, was charged with second-degree