Death of a Gay Porn Star: What Happened The Night Brad Chase Died

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William Hobbs, a.k.a Brad Chase

Chicago area resident Carl Szulczynski has been determined to find out what happened since his brother's mysterious death in 2000.

Carl and his brother William Hobbs had come from an abusive home. Left to fend for themselves while still in their teens, they became sex workers. Szulczynski performed in gay porn as Kyle Matthews, while Hobbs' nom-de-porn was Brad Chase.

For Carl, his years on the streets and in the skin trade were the worst of his life, and he attempted suicide several times. He begged for help, but none was forthcoming. At around age 22, Carl was taken in by the man who is now his husband. Nearly 25 years later, they enjoy a good life in the suburban home where they raised two sons. Carl, now retired from his career as a DJ on a Chicago area radio station, spends his days working in his garden and cooking for his beloved family.

For William, there was no happy ending. In 2000, the young man was found dead, hanging from a tree in the backyard of the Salem Indiana home he shared with Gary Hobbs, a lover he reportedly had an abusive relationship with. The death was ruled a suicide, but Szulczynski has long believed that his brother was murdered. Fourteen years after Hobbs' death, Szulczynski was still fighting with authorities to obtain copies of documents that he believes would prove what really happened the night his brother died.

Szulczynski was able to obtain copies of the police report that was written by Salem Indiana Officer Joseph Keith on April 19th, 2000. That report can now be seen and read in it's entirety on “Naked Truth: Was My Brother Murdered?” a video Szulczynski posted on “The Tube Whore,” his You Tube channel.

The report states that Gary Hobbs, William Hobbs' lover, would not stand where instructed. The report also verifies that the body was not cut down from the tree for an hour after discovery and that no attempt was made to revive William Hobbs.

Fourteen years later, Szulczynski was still fighting to obtain copies of death scene photographs and his brother's autopsy report. He claims that his many requests to the Salem Indiana police, and the offices of the Washington County coroner and prosecutor saw no results.

According to the Salem police, Szulczynski reports, Hobbs left behind a suicide tape in which he said he intended to take his life by taking a lethal dose of Valium combined with whiskey. Yet Hobbs' toxicology report, which Szulczynski was able to obtain, showed that Hobbs had no alcohol in his system, and only a small amount of Valium.

Szulczynski said he wants closure. He wants to know what happened the night his brother died. Why, he asks, has he been unable to get copies of his brother’s death scene photographs, since taking such photos are part of standard police procedure when a death occurs. Was there an autopsy after William Hobbs died, and if yes, where is the report? The Guidebook for Indiana Coroners states that such records are to be kept on file.

"If my brother had been heterosexual, I believe his death would have been more thoroughly investigated," Szulczynski told SFGN.

On Friday, October 10, SFGN contacted the office of Washington County prosecutor Dustin Houchin. "No one has ever contacted my office or made a records request regarding this case," Houchin replied via email.

Szulczynski provided SFGN with an email sent to Houchin on October 5, five days earlier. That email was sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., an address which matches the contact info posted at the prosecutor's official government website. Szulczynski stated his intent to contact the FBI regarding his concerns in the October 5 email.

SFGN also spoke via telephone to Rondale Brishaber, coroner for Salem County, Indiana, who stated that the sexual orientation of the brothers has nothing to do with the missing records. Brishaber said he had no idea where the missing death scene photos were. "If I had them, I'd send them to that guy," he said.

Roughly two hours after SFGN contacted Houchin and Brishaber, the emails Szulczynski sent to Houchin's office were found, as were the photos taken on the day William Hobbs died.

Houchin said that he had not been receiving emails through his website, but that Szulczynski's email came through after IT repairs were made.

Around fifteen minutes later, SFGN received an email from Brishaber, who stated that the Salem Indiana police had located the death scene photos of William Hobbs. Brishaber acknowledged that Szulczynski was entitled to those photos and directed him to contact the police to request them.

Szulczynski is now hopeful that he'll find out what happened the night his brother died. Did William Hobbs hang himself, or was he murdered by an abusive lover, as Szulczynski believes? Perhaps the photos will give the still grief-stricken brother the answers and closure he desires.


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