Porn to Porshe and finally the penitentiary!
August 31st, 2011- Timothy John Boham turned 30, on May 27th, his fifth birthday behind bars. Yes he was sent to do real time at the age of 25. How did this happen one may ask? He grew up in a small town with a few thousand people outside of Omaha, Nebraska to an extremely religious mother, and an abusive vindictive father. By his own admission, " I felt like the religion was being crammed down my throat, every day, all the time. When it wasn't religion it was a belt and being belittled and beaten, it was just a horrible childhood I had, wouldn't wish it on anyone." Tim's father died in a truck driving accident when he was 13. He, along with older sister Kathrynne joined their mother, Susan who remarried a man from Denver. After Susan's marriage the family relocated to Denver.
Tim, who goes by his middle name of John, to everyone including his family and close friends, found Denver more exciting then his prior small town existence. He found work as a model, and barely graduated from high school. He was a father by the time he was 19, the child's mother was said to be a drug addict and died during child birth. A long custody battle would ensue for his young daughter, until the time of his 2006 arrest. His co-workers and friends at Maxium Talent Agency in Denver, kept telling Boham to get anywhere professionally he should move to either New York or Los Angeles, Boham headed west, and landed in the Los Angeles area of West Hollywood. A chance encounter with Chi Chi La Rue, would irrevocably change Boham's life forever. La Rue, one of the most prolific gay porn producers in the world, easily convinced Boham that his life would be so much better, if he just "performed for money". Of his decisions to acquiesce. Tim said " I literally gave myself six months to make it in Los Angeles , or I would go back to Denver. I had three days left. I was hungry and tired, and had a kid to feed, there just weren't many choices left" Boham performed under the stage name of 'Marcus Allen'. When asked where and how the name came about, he said "boy he could play football, I wanted to be him do my thing, make some money and retire".
Boham made dozens of gay and to the surprise of many, some straight adult films with one of the leading adult film studios 'Falcon Films'. Boham led a double life, he would go to Los Angeles, do his films for about two weeks every other month, and then return home to Denver and his life as a single father,his family did not know he was an adult film star, and star he was. In only three years he made the cover of the adult film magazine "Freshman Magazine", and won several porn 'best actor' awards. Of his decision to leave the adult film industry at the age of 23 he said, "I looked in the mirror one day, as I was shaving to go to the set. I thought this is me, this is it? I would be way more proud to tell my daughter I worked at McDonald's, then to say, I have sex on film for money. Then and there, I packed and drove to Denver, and never looked back."
Now back in Denver in 2004, Boham had to find work, he modeled again, but no more adult films. Tired of modeling, he started looking for what he termed "straight work". He encountered J.P. Kelso, who was 41 and openly gay, Kelso, owned 'Professional Recovery Systems, a collection agency in downtown Denver. Boham, started working for Kelso, at the collection agency, but it was a job, that Boham couldn't or wouldn't do, so again he got up and left for good. There are variations on the exact details of the beginning and ending of this crime depending on who is telling the tale. Kelso was found with a bullet in the back of his head, in his bathtub, His maid found him at his very exclusive million dollar plus home, and notified police. Before any suspects were named, the circulating reports were, that Kelso was killed during a robbery at his home on November 11th, 2006.
I was told he was dead by a mutual friend of ours, before anyone was arrested for his murder. Was I surprised? No, not at all, I can not think of a single person that actually liked John Paul Kelso. He owned a collection agency, and even by Denver standards, he was quite the flashy type, complete with a custom made Bentley, and a different Rolex on his wrist every day. Denver is not LA, Bentley's, Rolls Royce's, you see them a lot in Southern, CA, enough that most people do not tend to notice. In Denver, they are very noticeable. I actually did some legal work for him at his downtown Denver office, years before, he encountered the former adult film star. I too, got up and left, no money in the world was worth the treatment I received. No one should die with a bullet in their head, alone and afraid. I would never condone, the taking of any one's life, however, we should all be very careful of the way we treat others, if there is a lesson to be learned from this sad tragic tale, it should be that. For all it takes is making one wrong person mad enough to pull a trigger. After all, Tim may have been a porno star, two years prior to Kelso's murder. He wasn't on the day the two met, he was polite to a fault, He was smart, and could be any-one's brother, son, etc. A cold calculated killer with no remorse? If I would have met him on the street, I would have never thought that, not in a million years.
When it was announced that a suspect was at large, and that he was 25 and an adult film star, I did the very simple mathematics that was involved in that equation, and came up with an answer very quickly. However, if someone was talking, I wanted to hear the story first hand. So I waited patiently. Boham was arrested, after he turned himself in before entering, Mexico, from the Arizona boarder. He was extradited to Denver, and held without bail at the Denver County Jail on Smith Road. I contacted him, to let him know that, he needed some serious damage control, and he agreed to a legal visit. I talked to his mother Susan Strong before I visited him. She kept referring to him as "John", I read all the police reports and examined Kelso's autopsy.
When I went to visit, Tim, the first thing I said to him was " Just one thing, can I call you Tim? J.P is referred to as John in a lot of the reports, Tim will be a lot easier." He said," Call me whatever you want, except porno star, that's the least of my problems". The kid had a sense of humor, and he was a kid, a scared, tall, skinny, kid. He was terrified of being in there, It was all over the news that the "porno star" had been arrested for killing the "philanthropist" and overall great guy, J.P. Very noticeable to me, was he was so polite, his small town mid-western upbringing perhaps. You wouldn't necessarily think of a male porno star as being polite, but he was and he still is. I asked him if he was always this polite, he said that manners were always stressed in his house when he was growing up. I suppose he did some research on me, as he kept asking me what death rows were like. I told him to think positive, and lets talk about why J.P. was found with a bullet in the back of head, and you are being accused of putting the bullet there. To make a long story short, Tim was convicted of Kelso's first degree murder, and sentenced to life without parole or more commonly referred to in certain quarters as 'LWOP'.
For much more on this story, please get a copy of "Intended For Mature Audiences" The Rise and Deadly Spiral of Adult Film Star Timothy J. Boham By: Donna Thomas
Donna Thomas (author) from Southern California on December 26, 2015:
@Justus777, Tim Boham was 100 % alone in the killing of J.P Kelso. Also all of that information, that PRS was a member of the Better Business Bureau, so what that's just a membership based organization. You pay a membership fee, and they give you rave reviews. There are many businesses listed with them, that are less than scrupulous, but their dues are all paid up. Did you know J.P.? I did, he was a despicable human being, and as shady as they come. A horrible piece of work is what he was, he would sell his own mother for a nickel and send her COD. Tim Boham, did you know him,? I did, I spent a lot of time with him when he was in county lock up on Smith Road in Denver. He was a walking time bomb, he encountered Kelso, and J.P. not realizing how volatile Tim was did his usual, trying to buy someone with money. It didn't work this time, he pissed off the wrong person at the wrong time, and it got him a bullet in the back of his head. No one else was involved, the right person is sitting in prison.
Justus777 on December 25, 2015:
Not sure he was alone in the killing.
Kelso made money, lots of it, and lost a lot, too. He bought the house in the 3600 block for $462,000 in 1999, the same year he declared bankruptcy for the fourth time. His work in the collection industry brings to mind a stout, red-faced, stained-tie sort of man at a scratched metal desk in a badly maintained office building near an expressway. A cross between Willy Loman and a Repo Man, with a deteriorating deli sandwich on his desk. That’s the wrong idea here, though—old school collection versus new school: Professional Recovery Services is part of PRS Assets, LLC, with “expertise in the areas of locating, evaluating, scoring, purchasing, selling and collecting debt,” and in the years between 1996 and 2006, PRS Assets purchased in excess of eight billion debt dollars. (What they don’t do is return phone calls about Mr. Kelso’s involvement.) PRS Assets was a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, and the Debt Buyer’s Association. Shortly after the murder, PRS gets a new president who changes the name of the company, and by 2010, all traces of PRS are gone, as if it had never been.
Vincent Nickerson on June 03, 2015:
Very good story, better book. Just read it. I wish the author had gone into detail about his confession that he originally gave to police when he was first arrested. I read about that on another site and it was very interesting. Sad and unfortunate choice of alibi that Tim Boham ultimately made though.
Jerry Jensen on May 28, 2014:
Marcus worked for us back in 2002 when he was 21. I believe we were the first video company he worked for...definitely before his work with Freshman and Playgirl. Work was nudity only, no sex. I have not seen any docs or articles on him since the murder. I received the news from a work friend in Denver who knew Marcus pretty well. On set Marcus was a pleasure: very polite, accommodating and had that wide boyish smile that caused instant meltdown. Since Marcus' work with us, my Denver work contact would keep me updated on Marcus. Apparantly Marcus suffered from bi-polar disorder and was at constant odds with himself between his adult entertainment work and his liking men with his religious upbringing and strict teachings from his father which emerged in episodes of rage towards those around him. Marcus turned to drugs to help dull the pain from his confusion and depression. Many people who work in front of the camera (regular and adult) cannot or do not want to work at regular jobs....it's far too easy to make money a few hours a day/night (acting, modeling, dancing, whoring) all the while being showered with affection from adoring fans. We did interviews with the models for the DVD of our production. We gave the models a choice to either be truthful about their lives or create an interesting persona....Marcus did a little of both, but it is interesting to note what kind of story he wove for himself about owning weapons and being hired as a high priced security guard for oil companies because of his military training. I believe in footage we didn't use he also talks about being a mercenary for hire. It's sad that Marcus and so many others who cause harm to themselves and others don't receive proper psychological and medical attention or that someone around them doesn't pay attention to the signs of trouble that are clearly in front of their nose. Instead ignorance and enabling destructive habits prevail.
JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on May 26, 2014:
Very interesting story. So sad the man threw his life away at such a young age. I think I saw this episode on ID Discovery a few months ago; I know my wife remembers this case very well. Great Hub.
Brad on November 02, 2013:
It's hard to tell who the real villian in this story is, porn business though, eats you up and spits you out, quite a few porn stars seem to be very damaged! Sad story all around!
Jay on November 01, 2013:
No question about it: The man did a bad thing....he was trying to support a growing family. Chi Chi screws-up another life!!; at least she didn't get this one hooked on drugs.
LayDeeGaGa on May 29, 2013:
I don't have sympathy for this man. I don't believe for a minute that he had two weeks of filming porn every 2 months and didn't have a SURPLUS of money after paying for his NECESSITIES. It's because he continued to drink and go to clubs, blah blah, used to the LIFESTYLE he became accustomed to while he was a 'star,' that he found himself without any monetary resources to support his daughter/lifestyle! It seems he HAD jobs other than port/modeling but QUIT them for some reason or another (too little money for too much work, perhaps??) Perhaps the lifestyle of working only every 6 weeks was what he preferred, and just turned down any 9-5 that came his way, something he thought only suckers did? Seemed EASIER to just put up with the gay rich man for a few hours, make some decent money, and not have to 'work' again until the next month's bills rolled around! All this "needed to support his daughter" stuff is a joke. All he had to do, it seems, was go to this mom and sister, who would have helped him with the baby.... he could have stayed home with his kid during the day and went to COLLEGE at night! I'm sure his family would have supported that decision! This was just pure laziness, pure greed, pure anger in that he had to "be" gay half the time and straight the other half! He DESERVES to spend the rest of his life in a cage!
Donna Thomas (author) from Southern California on March 10, 2013:
Hi there, the show that you watched, was edited and produced, a lot of the facts that were presented in it, were not really true. Like J.P. Kelso was shot in the back of his head, while was kneeling on his knees, the proverbial execution style. Tim said if he ever killed anyone he envisioned that's the way he would do it. That is one small example. A lot of the things Chi Chi LaRue said are not true. I can't go into every single detail or fact in an article, my forthcoming book on this case, will include all details of the case I'm aware of, Thanks for your support!
CALIGULA on March 10, 2013:
I WATCHED "DEADLY SINS" ON THE ID CHANNEL LAST NIGHT THAT FEATURED THE STORY OF TIMOTHY BOHAM. DESPITE HIS "STORY", THE MOST "IMPRESSIVE" FEATURE ABOUT THIS MAN'S LIFE WAS THAT HIS MAJOR GOAL FOR DOING SOME OF THE THINGS HE DID WAS TO SUPPORT HIS DAUGHTER. HIS CHOICES OF "EMPLOYMENT" LEFT A LOT TO BE DESIRED BUT HIS PRIORITY WAS TO FINANCIALLY TAKE CARE OF HIS DAUGHTER. I HAVE TO COMMEND HIM FOR THAT BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY MEN OUT THERE WHO WILL "QUIT" A JOB TO KEEP FROM PAYING CHILD SUPPORT. I NEVER COULD UNDERSTAND WHY MEN DO NOT WANT TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN. THEY WILL TRY TO PAY THE "LEAST" AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY CAN, LEGALLY, TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN CUZ THEY ARE "PISSED" AT THE CHILDREN'S MOTHER. SOME WON'T PAY CHILD SUPPORT AT ALL. WHAT HE DID TO JP KELSO WAS WRONG BUT ONE OF THE "MAIN" REASONS HE CHOSE THIS TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT WAS TO SUPPORT HIS DAUGHTER AND THAT'S MORE THAN I CAN SAY ABOUT A LOT OF MEN WHO REFUSE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT OR EVEN WORK AT ALL. HE GOT "CAUGHT-UP" IN THE WORLD OF PORNOGRAPHY AND IT WORE HIS MIND AND HIS CONSTITUTION DOWN TO THE POINT WHERE HIS "LOVE" OF MONEY DROVE HIM TO MURDER. HIS MAIN GOAL WAS TO SUPPORT HIS DAUGHTER BUT AFTER A WHILE GREED AND THE LOVE OF MONEY BEGAN TO CONTROL THE DECISIONS AND ACTIONS HE MADE IN HIS LIFE. AFTER A WHILE HE COULDN'T STAND HIS OWN ASS. WHEN HE LOOKED IN A MIRROR HE DIDN'T SEE A MAN. HE SAW A DESPICABLE, SUB-HUMAN INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS TOTALLY DISGUSTED WITH HIMSELF. WHEN SELF-LOATHING TOOK OVER HE LEFT THE PORN INDUSTRY. WHEN AN "HONEST, REGULAR" JOB COULDN'T CUT IT FINANCIALLY, HE SLID BACK INTO HIS OLD WAYS AND "PIMPED" HIMSELF OUT TO KELSO FOR MONEY IN ORDER TO SUPPORT HIS HABITS AND TO MAINTAIN THE LIFESTYLE HE WAS ACCUSTOMED TO LIVING WHEN HE WAS IN CALI. I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYBODY SAYS - PROSTITUTION AND PORNOGRAPHY HAS A NEGATIVE AFFECT ON THE MIND AND "ALWAYS" LEADS TO DRUG ABUSE. GETTING FUCKED-UP IN THE HEAD IS THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN DO THEIR "JOB" CUZ THIS TYPE OF WORK DESTROYS ONE'S SELF ESTEEM AND MAKES A PERSON FEEL BAD ABOUT HIMSELF. BEING HIGH AND FUCKED-UP IN THE HEAD IS THEY ONLY WAY THEY CAN PERFORM SOME OF THE "FILTH" THAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE JOB. "FILTH" IS WHAT TURNS A LOT OF "PATRONS" ON WHO GET OFF ON THIS KIND OF SICK SHIT. PEDOPHILES ARE THE WORST PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE GIVEN THE "DEATH PENALTY" IF CONVICTED FOR CHILD MOLESTATION. PEDOPHILES FOUND IN POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SHOULD BE GIVEN LIFE SENTENCES IF CONVICTED. ANYWAY, TIM HAS 24 HOURS A DAY (FOR LIFE) LOCKED UP IN A CELL TO THINK ABOUT HIS LIFE AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS LIFESTYLE. TO BE HONEST, SOME PEOPLE HAVE COMMITTED WORSE CRIMES THAN THE CRIME HE COMMITTED. SELF FORGIVENESS IS THE ONLY WAY A PERSON CAN MAINTAIN HIS SANITY OR HIS MIND WILL BECOME COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY HIS OWN SELF-HATRED. TIM'S "STRUGGLE FOR REDEMPTION" WONT BE EASY BUT IT IS POSSIBLE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS US.
missy on March 09, 2013:
haha i just watched that episode but this story didn't mention anything about a second girlfriend (pregnant) so this was allot different then the show.
mockingbird72 on November 28, 2012:
Wow, this breaks my heart it is awesome that he had such a caring person with him.
amber on June 09, 2012:
Wow, very interesting story. Written from the inside. So so sad.