When it comes to headlines, it's hard to top the one that ran on the L.A. Weekly's cover Feb. 24, 2011: "Porn Machete Murder."
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But really, what better title for the true tale of low-level porn actor Stephen Hill -- a "mope," in industry parlance -- who attacked his coworkers with a Japanese sword, then held the LAPD at bay for nearly eight hours by brandishing the same sword and threatening to kill himself? When the police finally moved in with tasers and bean-bags, Hill threw himself off the edge of a cliff, tumbling more than 30 feet to his death.
Hill's violent rampage left a studio manager wounded and a fellow mope -- Chinese-born Herbert Wong, aka Tom Dong -- dead.More »