Sunday, September 15, 2019

Con writing for biker magazine charged in 1972 murder

An Ohio prison inmate's writing published in biker magazines was cited by police in charging him with the shooting death of a motorist found along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1972. Larry Joseph Via, 75, was charged with criminal homicide and robbery in the death of Morgan Peters, who had been shot in the back.

Via is serving a life sentence in the Marion Correctional Institute for a killing that occurred shortly after Peters' body was found in September 1972. He wrote poems and short stories for Easy Rider magazine under the pseudonym "Jody Via." A trooper found nine writings under that name in Easy Rider and Outlaw Biker magazines from the late 1980s.
"Dangerous Dave" published in Outlaw Biker in 1985 was about a hitchhiking woman who lured a man to stop, and the man is then surprised by a gunman.