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Former U-Md. student, porn actor dies in cliff plunge

Last Saturday, Stephen Clancy Hill, 34, held off Los Angeles police SWAT team members for eight hours, standing at the edge of a cliff and brandishing a samurai sword, threatening to turn the blade on himself. Then he jumped, plunging 50 feet to his death, according to a Los Angeles Times report.


Flash back 12 years. Hill was a 22-year-old senior at the University of Maryland, an economics major with an unusual notion about how to incentivize his math TA to give him a good grade.

According to an account by my colleague Amy Argetsinger, Hill walked into the instructor's office and told him, "I need an A in the course, and you are going to give it to me." He brandished a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and threatened to shoot, dismember and dispose of the TA, Alvaro Alvarez-Parrilla.

Hill served two years, according to this account in the U-Md. Diamondback.

In the intervening years, Hill traveled to California and became a pornographic film actor, performing under the name Steve Driver.

Several days ago, police said, Hill turned on employees of the Ultima DVD video distribution facility in Van Nuys, where he lived and worked, according to the Times account.

The Daily Beast states that Hill "lost it at a porn-company studio with a samurai sword, attacking three people. The sword was possibly a prop from a porno flick. One of the victims, porn actor Herbert Wong, a.k.a. Tom Dong, was killed, the two others wounded."

That slaying, which some have called the Samurai Porn Murder, put Hill on the run from police, who, last weekend, cornered him on the cliff.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  June 10, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Crime , Students  | Tags: UMD student died, porn actor UMD student, porn actor cliff jump, samurai porn murder, stephen clancy hill, umd graduate dies  
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Terrible story.
But does it really belong on an "education" page?

Posted by: Rachelva | June 10, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Glad he moved to CA. Good-bye, good riddance.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 10, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

obviously the one Asian porn-star who wasn't a martial-arts expert LOL

Posted by: dubya1938 | June 11, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

What is creepier, this story or the writer of the story?

Posted by: dogcatdogcat | June 11, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

I must agree with Rachelva. This has NOTHING to do with teaching, learning, or education policy. Come on, Washington Post, this is shoddy placement and frankly, you're looking pretty foolish here.

Posted by: cc1221 | June 11, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Interesting story, but why is it in a "College, Inc" section which is supposed to discuss the "business behind the school"? Looks like Daniel de Vise is desparate to get some people reading his column before WaPo gives him the sword.

Posted by: jackson641 | June 11, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

This "guy" could have gone out big-time if he'd used that sword on himself!

Hey -- fame's not just for the living you know ...

Posted by: perryneheum | June 11, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

If you're going to tell the story, tell the most important part of the story: dude was standing at the edge of a cliff when he was TASED BY THE COPS and then fell off.

Another grossly improper Taser use by the police. Who Tases someone standing on the edge of a cliff?

Posted by: kcx7 | June 11, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

This guy was at Maryland 12 years ago. He moved to California and got a job that had nothing to do with the state of Maryland or the university. So why does the Post think this is something the majority of its readers would be interested in? You think it is because of the porn angle? Nooo, the Post wouldn't play the sleaze factor.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Why is this being reported in the Washington Post? Who cares?

Posted by: Eric12345 | June 11, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Wow - pr0n. Next thing you know the Post will start publishing the likes of Gerson, Krauthammer and Will. Oh, wait...

Posted by: irae | June 11, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This article rightfully belongs in the WAPO education section. What is not being reported is that Hill was graduated Magna Cum Loudly at UMD and subsequently endowed a university scholarship for rising performers.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 11, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Hill was arrested several days later after a traffic stop"

I remember the police following him for more than just a few days before he finally violated a minor traffic law, they used that as an excuse to search his car and they found the gun (and I don't think it was campus police).

The quote I remember when demanding the grade was "This is how they do it in the hood."

And I'm about positive he was VP of the BSU.

Posted by: buckdharma | June 11, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Ain't it great living with AFRIKAN AMERIKAN'S????/


Posted by: truthinhiring | June 11, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess his college slogan was "Fear my turtle".

Not to be un-PC but what guy with the last name "Wong" would use a porn name "Tom Dong"? I am guessing he wasn't totally Asian.

Sounds like this guy was going for the ultimate money shot as handcuffs were awaiting him while he edged his way along Christy Canyon.

I doubt there will be any monuments erected for him after this most impotent effort once being fingered by his colleagues.

Talk about taking the ultimate facial!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | June 11, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

isn't this a style type story? why associate him with UMD? just like the shooting in DC. were they near Howard university or the 9:30 club. it seems in the end the 9:30 club was sexier though neither Howard or the 930 club had anything to do with it.

if this guy would have tried to get his "A" at UMD using his "driver", that might make sense and add some light humor to this. being that he pulled a gun on a TA for a grades shows you this guy was sick a long time ago! this has no place in the education section. this is weird news material.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 11, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Its an appropriate story because 12 years ago the idiot brandished a gun and threatened his professors aide for a higher grade. Wouldn't you say that this was a predictor for murder later in life?

Posted by: MKadyman | June 11, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, those college kids! Always pulling pranks like pulling handguns or killing people with samurai swords...what cut ups!

A worthy story on the "higher education page."

Posted by: jd5024 | June 11, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

This is OLD news and why is it on the education page?

Posted by: kodonivan | June 11, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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