Michael Thevis

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Michael Thevis
BornMichael George Thevis
February 25, 1932
Raleigh, North Carolina
Partner(s)Jeanette Evans
Patricia McLean
Children5 (Mike Jr., Christina, Tony, Stephanie and Jason)

Michael George Thevis (February 25, 1932 – 2013) was an American millionaire businessman, pornographer and convicted murderer. After escaping from prison on April 28, 1978, he was put on the FBI Most Wanted List.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Thevis was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to and raised by his Greek immigrant grandparents after his parents separated. He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and hitched his way to Atlanta in 1951 where he completed high school and enrolled in Georgia Tech, although he would leave before graduating to become the manager of a newsstand, earning $50 a week.[1] While young, he served as an alter boy and had thoughts of entering the priesthood. However, he grew up very poor and after being convicted of attempted robbery, he reconsidered his future.[2]

At the age of 19, he married Joan, three years his junior, and fathered 5 children: George, Christina, twins Tony and Stephanie, and Jason.[2]


Thevis was in the pornography business and made a fortune with peep show machines.[3] He was also involved in music recording: rock group Flood recorded a soundtrack for the US release of the martial arts movie Blood of the Dragon starring Jimmy Wang Yu, which was produced by author William Diehl. Flood disbanded when Thevis' GRC Records studio folded after his arrest.[4]

High level associations[edit]

Once imprisoned, Thevis was able to secure help from Congressman Andrew Young (D-GA), who contacted Norman Carlson, chief of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, on behalf of Thevis. Having just been appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations by newly elected President Carter, Young wrote to Carlson on his new stationery, convincing him that Thevis needed to be moved in order to receive appropriate medical attention.[5]


  1. ^ a b The Washington Post 'I was the GM of Pornography', November 11, 1978
  2. ^ a b c The Daily Beast The Scarface of Sex: The Millionaire Playboy Who Murdered His Way to the Top of Porn, June 16, 2017
  3. ^ Newser.com He Made Millions Off Porn. And Killed to Keep It That Way: Meet Michael Thevis, the 'Scarface of Sex', June 20, 2017
  4. ^ "Golden Isles Records| Music Studio and Publishing| Flood". goldenislesrecords.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ The New York Times Porn free, June 15, 1978