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  • John 11:55 am on April 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Probable Route Taken by Wonderland Gang to Eddie Nash House 

    For those of us who do not live in L.A…   7 minute trip, 2.5 miles to Eddie Nash’s house from the Wonderland House. And vice-versa…  check this out:

     
    • Bonnie Brae 12:14 pm on August 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This is sooo cool. I drove to both locations. I’m so close to them. I could spot the Wonderland house right away. But was not sure which house belonged to the Nash. Hope I don’t seem to creepy. I swear I’m not.

    • John 11:19 am on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Not at all. True crime is a fascinating subject. I have not been there but in some photos and from Google Maps Bird’s Eye View feature, Nash’s house is at the end of the cul de sac, just right of center. It is a huge one-story ranch style home.

      • Bonnie Brae 9:01 pm on September 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        hmmm.. Just right of center. That is the one I think I thought it was. I’m going to go back and snap a pic. he he he

    • John 6:12 am on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Ok cool, it looks like you saw the Nash house images from Google Earth that I posted. I am glad that Google had someone drive down each street in the USA! It sure comes in handy sometimes!!

    • Tori 9:08 am on September 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Trying to find exact website to GPS it. Can anyone help me out

  • John 9:20 pm on November 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    GOD’S GOLDEN BACKYARD 
    Wonderland Avenue is located in Laurel Canyon, a pass between Hollywood and Studio City in the San Fernando Valley. Starting in the mid-60′s, it became a popular area to live in, especially by the new, young and free-spirited counterculture populace, due to its then-inexpensive rents and picturesque, rustic vibe. The hippie, back-to-nature rhythm was born here. By the end of the decade, almost every L.A. band and record label had members or employees living throughout the canyon, some in communal enclaves, and some in more anonymity if so desired. Pamela Des Barres, celebrated ‘Super Groupie’ and author of “I’m With The Band” described it then as “God’s Golden Backyard”. Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Love, The Mamas & Papas, The Doors and Frank Zappa (who lived in the late Western actor hero Tom Mix’s log cabin on the corner of Laurel and Kirkwood, which leads to Wonderland Avenue) all called Laurel Canyon home. But by the mid-70′s, it was beginning to be populated not only by musicians and creative types, but dealers of hard drugs, specifically heroin and cocaine. By the end of the decade, freebase cocaine reared its ugly head and became the drug of choice for many. According to David Crosby (whose expertise in such pharmacology cannot be disputed) freebase is/was the easiest drug to get hooked on as well as hardest to kick. John C. Holmes was one of those caught up in its le dernier cri (mania/craze) and vice-like grip.

    The ‘Four On The Floor” murders – July 1, 1981
    Gregory Diles, over 300 pounds of drug-addicted, gun packing madness was Eddie Nash’s bodyguard. Eddie probably couldn’t have made a better choice. As long as there was enough cash, pussy and ‘base around, Diles was happy to do his job conscientiously. And in Eddie Nash’s biosphere, there was an abundance of all three.
    Then there were “The Wonderland Gang”, which included Ron Launius and his wife Susan, David Lind and his girlfriend, Barbara Richardson, Joy Miller and her boyfriend Billy DeVerell. All were involved in drug dealing, theft and fencing stolen goods. Less glamorous. Naturally, Holmes got involved with them as well, especially when his line of credit with good ole Eddie Nash got to a point where he wasn’t always so welcome. He also now owed them some serious bread.
    DeVerell and Lind confronted John to pay them back, which of course, he couldn’t. But before things got uglier than they already were, these three geniuses cooked up a scheme. John would go to Eddie Nash’s house (his good friend, remember?), and during his visit, he would leave a sliding door un-locked, enabling the “gang” to get in and rob the place blind; they would split the booty with Holmes later. Incredibly, it actually worked. In late June, 1981, the Wonderland gang arrived at Nash’s house, tortured and tormented Nash and Diles (no small feat in itself), and stole about $100,000 in cash, $150,000 in jewelry as well as, of course, a large cache of drugs. And we’re not talkin’ about weed, here.
    Nash got a little cranky about all these shenanigans, and it didn’t take him too long to figure out that John was involved. After getting a hold of Holmes’ address book and threatening to kill (at least) all his family members unless he told what he knew, John did. It probably saved his life, which, as it turns out, wasn’t worth much anyway.
    On July 1, 1981, LA police detectives arrived at 8763 Wonderland Avenue. What they found was the most gruesome murder scene since the Manson murders 12 years earlier. The bodies of four people, Ron Launius, William DeVerell, Barbara Richardson and Joy Miller, were found bludgeoned to death. A fifth victim, Susan Launius, was found barely alive.
    It’s a relatively simple deduction that Nash probably sent his head pitbull, Diles, along with a few pipe-wielding associates to go to Wonderland, not necessarily just to retrieve whatever stolen money and goods that might have remained, but to attain serious…retribution. They indeed did. Holmes was apparently taken along for the ride with the purpose of easy entry, but mainly to show him what could have happened to him.

     

     
    • Brian W. 8:59 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m wondering if you have any information regarding DeVerell’s children?

      • Jay W 9:19 pm on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        No, my friend… I’m sorry. Everything I have found I have posted. Kind of ran into a dead end with the people, the story, etc. (I searched the web over and over, googling my a$$ off)… If you have an account on ancestry.com or something you may find more info. Good luck!
        JW

      • Bonnie Brae 11:04 pm on August 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I think for an outsider – this story is fascinating. But if any of the people in the house was a relative it would take on a whole new outlook.

  • John 6:54 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Wonderland Murders 

     
    • nessaj85 4:26 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, the address u have for Barbara is right, her mom still lives there under the name Easton

      • John 1:53 pm on March 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Just posted a few yearbook pics. I may take them down in a few days. Check ‘em out while you can. RIP Barbara!

    • John 9:04 am on January 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, thanks.

      • pixie 5:29 pm on February 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve always wanted to know more about Joy. I’d love to know how she went from socialite and Beverly Hills mom to this. Do you have any more information about her? She was so beautiful in those younger pictures. My heart goes out to her daughters. I wonder if they were in close contact with her at the time of her death. I’m also curious about DeVerell’s children and what type of relationship they had with their father at the time of his death.

        • John 11:22 am on February 18, 2013 Permalink

          From what I have read on other blogs… she was divorced from her Beverly Hills attorney husband in the early 70s. She went on to work as a secretary for a Hollywood type showbiz but on the drug fringe guy, who also introduced her to the local drug scene. ..and so that goes. Her daughters were still close to her, and are the only family on record talking to the media after the various trials of Nash, Holmes. I believe both daughters were at the 2001 trial of Nash. I read a quote in an old newspaper article on Google News Archive.

    • John 1:08 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I also read a post on a forum from a cousin of DeVerell’s… as could be expected, they were devastated, but not shocked by his passing, given that drugs were involved, and he had quite a long rap sheet. I can imagine with his criminal record and lengthy times of incarceration that he and his kids were probably not that close. Sorry, wish I knew more to share.

      • pixie 1:54 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much for your quick replies! I’d love to see what DeVerell’s cousin wrote. Do you happen to have a link to that forum? I’m curious about how he met Joy Miller. I read somewhere on your blog that the connection between Ron and Joy was through Joy’s neighbor, William Vlick. Do you happen to know what ever became of Vlick? I tried to search for info on him, but all I could find was that he was supposed to stand trial with Joy later that year. I assumed that they all met each other through the drug scene, but Joy and the Wonderland guys seem like they came from two totally different worlds. Was DeVerell from the Sacramento area like Launius and Lind?

        I’ve been fascinated by this case ever since I saw the E True Hollywood Story. I know that the Wonderland gang were far from being angels; however, the way that one of the detectives spoke about Joy during an interview that was shown in that story always bothered me. They were human beings who had families and loved ones.

        I lived in West Hollywood for many years, but sadly didn’t discover this case until I moved away. I am very well-acquainted with the Laurel Canyon area. Nash’s house and the Wonderland house are only about 5 minutes from each other (I’ve read that it was reported to be a 10 minute drive, but it should be less than 10 minutes).

        • John 11:04 am on March 5, 2013 Permalink

          Sorry for the delay in responding. I don’t know what happened to Vlick, as I have searched high and low for info. No luck. I believe DeVerell was from Arizona. Yes, Joy seemed very cosmopolitan if you will, she at least kept a stylish interior to the home, and it was far from being a drug den or crack house. It was quite tidy.

    • pixie 12:28 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I think that’s one of the things that fascinates me so much about Joy. From all accounts of her fiancé and friends’ activity, you would think that she was a rough biker chick. Her life actually seemed like it was the complete opposite. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any info about Vlick out there. It sounds like he was a somewhat high profile drug dealer at the time. You would think that there would be at least one or two court documents out there. I’m assuming his case went to trial. I wonder if he turned state’s evidence on another case or ended up going into witness protection for some reason or other.

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