The Boy Scout, the hustler, and the porn queen

Former Dallas police officer and onetime X-rated movie star Jordan Lee finds herself hunted by two ex-cops who say she did them wrong

Things hadn't been right in the Kastler household for quite some time. Building a new life in suburban Los Angeles, raising a family, growing a business--none of this seemed to matter to Samantha Kastler anymore. During her and her husband's years in the Dallas Police Department, she was the one who wanted the home, the family, the commitment, and now that she had it, she was the one withdrawing her energy from the marriage. The way Jerry Kastler tells it, she had lost interest in him, in their 2-year-old son Zach, and in the porn business that had become their life's work.

Making 400 skin flicks in three years, answering e-mails from aroused Web surfers driving their search engines to her porn site, receiving top triple-X billing as Jordan Lee, the "anal queen of porn," just didn't hold the same cachet for her anymore. She wanted out.

Jerry Kastler had trouble accepting the change. He had sacrificed too much for her career. It was bad enough that Samantha had testified against him when they were caught up in a police pay scandal with another Dallas cop, Len Baxley. Jerry had pleaded guilty to tampering with government records, left the department and the city in disgrace, and moved to Los Angeles. But now Samantha was saying she needed some distance; Jerry didn't realize she meant New York.

A year before, in August 1997, Jerry began noticing some not-so-little things. Samantha refused to work their Web site, threatened suicide, and went to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway and stayed three months. He knew there was another man--or two. Still, he wanted her back, if he could only figure out what was wrong.

He suspected drugs--the bane of a porn star's existence--and he accused her of smoking crack and shooting speed. She could jeopardize everything. They were on probation, for God's sake; if she got busted, they could do time. Zach might be taken away.

Samantha claimed Jerry was hoarding their money, starving both her and the baby. She filed for divorce and tried to evict him from their house and take over the business, but calmer heads prevailed. Jerry continued to run the business, and a judge placed Zach in their joint custody, to be removed from Southern California only with the consent of both parents.

By December, Samantha and Jerry reconciled, and she returned home. She was making movies again. She was Jordan Lee again, and all was forgiven.

Then on September 2, 1998, Samantha came home, grabbed Zach, and walked out the door. Despite the court order, she flew to New York, making a fresh start, claims Jerry, working for a high-dollar escort service that specialized in catering to johns who were willing to pony up $1,500 an hour to be with a real live porn star.

Jerry grew distraught over the loss of his son and was willing to do whatever it took to get him back. He schmoozed up the owner of the Manhattan escort service, Lottie Rumble, herself a porn star, whose boyfriend of seven years, Martin Fish, was now spending quality time with Samantha and Zach. Rumble wrote a letter detailing how she observed Samantha and Fish smoking crack and how Rumble had to take a crack pipe out of little Zach's hand when he used it as a toy.

Crazy with worry and wanting revenge, Jerry seldom slept. Searching what remained of Samantha's personal belongings, he came across a file containing a copy of a mysterious letter from a Gloria Lynn Grimes written to the Missouri Department of Health. Jerry didn't know Gloria Grimes, but the woman had requested that a copy of her birth certificate be mailed to her at the Kastlers' California address. Also in the file was Gloria Grimes' birth certificate, which revealed she was born at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis on November 27, 1965.

But when Jerry the cop met Samantha the cop in 1991, her name wasn't Grimes, it was Garofalo--and never Gloria. Samantha said she was born in 1959, and she always celebrated her birthday on October 6. This Gloria was six years younger than Samantha was.

Oddly, on September 26, 1998, another letter arrived at Jerry's house. This one contained an inheritance check made out to Gloria Grimes in the amount of $8,772, the final disbursement from the estate of Hester Blalock. Was Samantha Garofalo really Gloria Grimes, resurfacing to get her hands on some easy money? If that was the case, Samantha had a secret identity, a hidden past. But how did she make it past an extensive police background check? Creating a new identity might entail tampering with government documents. Only this time, instead of falsifying arrest reports, she might have forged birth certificates and marriage records, perjuring herself as a police officer every time she took the witness stand. There were untold criminal possibilities, and they all spelled jail time. If Jerry could put her behind bars, he'd have his son back.

On October 1, 1998, Jerry decided the smart play was to call Len Baxley. The former Dallas police officer, fired from the force for his part in the pay scandal, was still adamant about his innocence. He always thought Samantha had set him up and was on a quest to prove it. With his case on appeal, he just might be interested in some newly discovered evidence.

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