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  • John 1:17 pm on October 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cornelius willemse   

    The Police Mascots Of Old New York 

    from the book, “Behind The Green Lights” by Captain Cornelius Willemse. The following pooches lived from the time Willemse was a patrolman (circa 1900 to 1909):




  • John 11:08 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eagles, rolling stone mag   

    Eagles vs. Rolling Stone Magazine 

    In 1978, the Eagles got tired of the lame reviews about how they “loitered on-stage” and so they challenged the nerds at Rolling Stone to a softball match. The Eagles line-up was filled out with fat roadies and Peter Cetera of Chicago (who looks pretty beefy here, but I always pictured him as a skinny hippie). The Eagles won the game, who’d a guessed that?  A bunch of former jocks taking on some skinny critics like Fong-Torres or whatever his name is.

    May 1978 --- Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, stand in the field during a charity baseball game hosted by the Eagles.  The Eagles were the most popular band of the seventies and their reunion tour in the nineties was also very successful. --- Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

    May 1978 — Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, stand in the field during a charity baseball game hosted by the Eagles. The Eagles were the most popular band of the seventies and their reunion tour in the nineties was also very successful. — Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

    • jimmy 11:18 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Didn’t they just get busted for a fake college rape story journalism is obsolete these days

      • John 11:22 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Jimmy. It was part of the campaign of third-wave feminism to convince America there was a rape epidemic on campus. One now needs written consent to wink at a girl at the skating rink. And clapping hands is traumatic to some, so they do finger-clicking or jazz hands so as not to offend the sensitive to clapping crowd.

  • John 3:03 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    More and Better Pscyopaths 

    Poor society – it gets blamed for everything. Just like the mafia, the cartels or the cops.


    • jimmy 3:13 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Society’s fault ,whitiies fault sounds like the democrats are at it again.

  • John 4:09 pm on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: henry lee hoskins   

    The Death Of Henry Hoskins 

    Henry was a former ATF agent and was once a friend to Hal Glickman and Nash. He also served as confidant (or bodyguard?) to black widow Sonia Rios Risken, who may have murdered her two husbands. Before she could be arrested, she was killed by a nephew and his friend. Henry appeared with her on a CBS crime show and stood by menacingly and blocked television cameras, as Sonia hid behind him. That’s good work if you can get it. He later extended a handshake to the news crew in friendship, for it was all in a day’s work.

    Henry was a star basketball player for the Crimson Tide and also graduated from there. He once ran H&H Investigations above Club Hollywood, site of the former Seven Seas Club. You see, Eddie still knew what the kids of LA wanted and he delivered. Henry also ran a bail bonds company and was president of a chamber of commerce. His 22-year-old girlfriend sounds like a real bitch. RIP Henry.

    Death of man linked to Lomita ‘Black Widow’ is ruled a suicide

    By Larry Altman Staff Writer
    A Gardena bail bondsman with ties to the Lomita Black Widow case committed suicide, the Coroner’s Department said Monday.

    An autopsy determined that Henry Lee Hoskins, 70, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey said.

    The finding backs a police report on Friday that indicated Hoskins killed himself. Police found his body in his Western Avenue apartment above his bail bonds office about 1:30 a.m.

    A woman reported to be his 22-year-old girlfriend called 911, screaming hysterically for help.

    Although the coroner ruled suicide, and police were set to agree, Hoskins’ friends say they cannot fathom why he would take his own life.

    “I’m not accepting it, I just can’t,” said Linda Call, a real estate broker who developed a friendship with Hoskins while the two were members of the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    “How can they label that so quickly? I’m hoping it’s just a ploy to draw out the killer. I just can’t believe it.”

    Gardena police Lt. Uikilifi Niko said Monday he had not yet seen the coroner’s report, and noted detectives are still investigating Hoskins’ death. Investigators have not released any details about evidence found at the scene, but said it indicates “more and more it’s going to be a suicide.”

    “That’s where we are leaning towards,” said Niko, who added that Hoskins did not leave a note.

    One of Hoskins’ two daughters, Laura Hoskins, an attorney in Seattle, said she had no information to shed light on her father’s death. But she did say that her father was not ill.

    Hoskins was well-known in Gardena’s business community, recently finishing a term as president of the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    Once he took over, he fired Executive Director Karen Sue Hale, who was charged with stealing about $35,000 from the organization. She is serving a prison sentence of more than five years.

    “He was a pretty brave guy,” Call said. “I know that young girl he was seeing was pretty rough on him physically.”

    Two friends said she once hit him with a skillet.

    Pat Daniels, Hoskins’ business partner, said the girlfriend was with him at the time.

    Police detained the woman, questioned her and released her.

    “She told me that she left out of the living room and went to the bathroom and she heard a gunshot,” Daniels said. “Then she called the police.”

    The woman did not respond to telephone messages.

    The CBS show “48 Hours Mystery” is expected to put a note at the end of its show Saturday night to acknowledge Hoskins’ death.

    Hoskins appears in the episode, “Conspiracy to Kill,” the story of Sonia Rios Risken, a Lomita woman suspected of masterminding the shooting deaths of her two husbands 19 years apart in the Philippines.

    Risken was found shot to death in 2007 inside her Lomita home.

    Risken asked Hoskins to stand at her side a year earlier to intimidate a Daily Breeze reporter investigating her possible involvement in her husbands’ deaths.

    Hoskins did his job, standing in front of her in her Lomita beauty salon and looking menacing as he shooed the reporter away. Risken, who became known as the Lomita Black Widow, did not know that outside Hoskins extended his hand in friendship.

    He often told his friends about his relationship with Risken.

    “He just told me that he knew her and that she was quite a gal and you never knew what to expect from her,” Call said. “Oh my Henry, my Henry.”

    Risken’s nephew and one of his friends were arrested in April and charged with her killing.

  • John 12:22 pm on October 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: melvin w. miller   

    Miller Ran For State Senate in 1966 

    Melvin had progressive views for the time, including mass transit ideas to help curb pollution. It looks like this was a pretty exciting race with many hats thrown into the ring. Thanks to you-know-who for alerting me to this a few months ago.

    More to come…


    • criticextraordinaire 9:17 pm on October 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Joy’s hubby? He couldn’t hold a candle to Billy Deverell.

    • jimmy 1:34 pm on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      or a needle, ha ,ha,ha

  • John 1:44 pm on October 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Nixon having fun   

    Nixon Having Fun 

    Milhous is in the house.

    disney10 goodnixon 1nixon-piano-beverly-hills-1962 richard-nixon-beer waltdisneynixons3artlinkletter


  • John 10:40 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Original Hits By The Original Artists 

    Back in the day, I went with a friend down to Little Saigon to check it out. At a sundry shop, I purchased Rod Stewart’s Greatest Hits on cassette (yeah, it was a while ago). Only it wasn’t Rod singing but some karaoke dude that sounded just like him – a cheap knockoff but Rod was on the cover, and the music and vocals were top notch. I was fooled for at least a few hours.

    This has little to do with that story, but the following songs are the originals, as you have probably heard the more popular versions on the radio over the years. Enjoy!

    I think this one is from Exile’s “yacht rock” era, before they went full-on country:

    Much different than the April Wine version…

    No, you’re not dreaming…it’s Larry Weiss’ version!


  • John 11:03 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Wonderland Legend, Rodger Jacobs, Passed Away This Summer 

    Rodger got a kick out of me calling him a Wonderland Legend a few years ago when I heard he was otherwise down-and-out and at least very ill – so I am doing it again. Thanks to those who chipped in and PayPal’d him some cash with me a few years ago when he was sick and in need. I recall that he was very appreciative of that. I just wish I could have met him and helped him some more. Jacobs’ resume speaks for itself, and you can google him to learn more about his life, books, stories and films.

    And today here on the blog – Rodger is gone but not forgotten.

    March 12, 1959 – July 5, 2016


    Author, Playwright, Columnist, Filmmaker

    • criticextraordinaire 6:06 pm on October 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      RIP, Rodger. I had always hoped that things would turn around for him. His contributions to the documentation of Wonderland and John Holmes indeed made him a “Wonderland legend” as well as a “Holmes legend”.

    • Bobby 12:28 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very sad to hear this. RIP Rodger, a bonafide Wonderland legend! I’m sure you had some awesome conversations with him John.. he’ll be sorely missed.

    • Jill Nelson 6:41 am on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I too, am very sad to learn this news and am grateful to have had a couple of positive exchanges with him a few years ago. RIP.

    • localarts 6:43 pm on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very sad indeed. Roger Jacobs deserves a lot of credit for being the first to offer a real insight to the wonderland murders . Mike Sager’s “To live and die in LA” was a start, still have my original copy from “89 but Long Time Money & Lots of Cocaine was a game changer! Sorry for doubting your assessment of Launius, you were right all along! RIP.

      • criticextraordinaire 5:50 pm on October 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ronnie was bad ass. Somehow I had always hoped that maybe Rodger would pick up the trail and do an extended piece (or even screenplay) about him, but that’s not gonna happen now. John here at wonderland1981 probably is the most knowledgeable about Ronnie at this point, other than Susan who apparently is saying nothing. I think a flick about Ronnie could be done on an epic scale, something along the lines of “Scarface where the ultimate badass builds his empire, then takes things just a little too far.

        • localarts 12:07 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink

          I agree Critic. Ron Launius was a man to be feared, PERIOD. Even though Roger is no longer with us, I’m sure John’s book will be very through with regards to Launius. Without a doubt, John’s knowledge of Wonderland far supersedes that of anyone who was not directly involved in the case! Yeah, a movie about Launius would be great but getting the right people interested and the money behind it is another story…

        • J, Debreux 9:22 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink

          I heard different. More like the strongest of the weak. He finally MET a real bad ass !

    • Pumpkin12903 2:17 pm on October 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      • criticextraordinaire 7:39 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, it is sad that nobody even cared enough to claim Rodger’s remains. Likewise sad that his long time partner Lela passed away a few weeks after he did.😦

        • Laura 11:56 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          Dear CriticE, to be honest it’s not a surprise to me that his remains weren’t claimed. His treatment of me was pretty horrible after I confronted him nicely on some things. He accused me of some stuff I never did. This is one reason I found the articles about his death. Because of things he accused me of (which were lies) I kept an eye on him online in case I ever needed to get a lawyer involved. I wasn’t the only one who was treated badly by him. Interestingly, when Jacobs tore into me (again) on the Internet Movie Database website some years back my boyfriend gave him an earful. Jacobs didn’t say a word in reply to my boyfriend. He literally hid from him, but had no problem tearing into me and others. Very sad in the long run.

        • Laura 3:49 pm on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          I’ll give Lela credit where due. Please know I’m not being sarcastic here: She was very kind and patient with me in our one encounter online.

        • Laura 1:37 pm on October 16, 2016 Permalink

          Dear CriticE, yes, this is “pumpkin12903” from the IMDB “Wonderland” board. It’s great to see a few of the people from there on here now. I found this blog not long ago. I haven’t been on IMDB much for some years as am spending that time on other things. I do a search on the Wonderland case every great once in a while to see if there’s any new info. Also look on the IMDB board every great once in a while to see if anything new on there. I hope you’ve been doing well. I answered your question here as “reply” button didn’t show up under your post.

    • Laura 9:21 am on October 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      • Laura 11:59 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I posted these links twice. I wasn’t logged into WordPress on the first post and it didn’t give a message saying “moderation pending” like the second post did. I’ll remember from now on to be logged into WordPress when I post.

        • criticextraordinaire 6:25 pm on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          Laura = Pumpkin ?

    • J, Debreux 9:20 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I certainly thank Rodger Jacobs for exposing Holmes for the sociopathic pos he really was. Like any real journalist “hey, if the shoe fits, wear it “

  • John 1:03 pm on September 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Floorplan @ 8763 Wonderland Ave. 


    • Bobby 3:19 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sheesh, what a dinky little abode it was. Must’ve been a sweltering hotbox back in the summer of ’81 considering I don’t remember seeing any air-cons.. just those crappy pedestal fans.
      Anyway, glad to see this ship steered back on course to Wonderland Ave😉

      • John 3:47 pm on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If you go to the Zillow page, it’s for lease right now. $3500/month. Lots of nice interior photos. Joy and Billy had a window unit, don’t remember one for Ron’s room though. He was sweatin’ to the oldies down there!

    • criticextraordinaire 7:34 am on October 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wish I lived in LA and had the money. I’d buy this historic place and set it up as a bed & breakfast. The living room would be stocked with an array of Holmes productions, featured on Betamax tapes.

      • John 11:06 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        No wonder minimum wage people in Cali want $15/hr. It’s hard to find a place to live out there that isn’t Wonderland prices.

      • Tori 9:56 am on October 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I would definitely come to that bed and breakfast!

  • John 3:01 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink  

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