NORFOLK, Va. – On the corner of Granby Street and Brambleton Ave., you will find a federal courthouse, a few bars and the beginning of the arts district.
But you won’t find Joseph Kerekes.
Fifteen years ago, Kerekes stood on that very corner struggling for survival. Left with few options, he started selling himself for sex.
It was the beginning of a lifestyle that would eventually lead him down a dark path to murder.
Kerekes’ story is so raw, Hollywood recently recaptured his tale, that started in Hampton Roads. Kerekes is played by James Franco in the motion picture “King Cobra”.
“[The movie] is very, very lifelike and very true. Even some of the quotes, I have no idea how they captured them,” Kerekes told NewsChannel 3’s Merris Badcock.
Kerekes is currently serving life without parole in a Pennsylvania state prison for second degree murder. While NewsChannel 3 was not allowed to bring any recording equipment inside the prison, he agreed to speak to us via telephone.
“When you think you can get away with anything, you will try anything,” Kerekes said.
Watch NewsChannel 3 at 11 Wednesday night for Kerekes’ first interview with media since his conviction in 2009.
Find out what led Kerekes and his lover, Harlow Cuadra, to commit the murder, and why they thought they could get away with it.