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  • John 1:31 pm on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: evel knievel, haystack   

    Evel Knievel’s Forgotten Haystack Stunt 

    Luckily, he was talked out of doing this crazy stunt.

    From the Chicago Tribune, Nov. 19, 1977:

  • John 3:43 pm on March 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: angels in the smog   

    My Wonderland Book 

    No, you’re not dreaming. The book is coming along great and we’re now at several hundred pages. 80% complete – I am still looking for two people to try and interview. This is just an update, have a nice day all. Thank you for your support here. Cheers~

    If you are loosely or tightly connected to this story and you want to share some experience you had or info to the case, no matter how small – Contact me at wonderland1981blog at gmail. Let’s talk.

    • jim 3:43 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Keep up the good work!

      • localarts 8:00 am on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        This is gonna be epic!

  • John 10:30 am on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Downward Spiral Of Marlene Olive 

    Marlene Olive and Chuck Riley murdered her parents in 1975 up in Terra Linda, California. Chuck pretty much took the fall for both murders since he was nineteen. Marlene was a minor at the time. Mom was killed with a hammer. A hammer killing is an up-close-and-personal rage thing. Marlene hated her adoptive mother – blamed her for everything. But, back in the Seventies minors got away with stuff, as we didn’t begin seeing them charged as adults for heinous and ghastly crimes until decades later when society had had enough. Chuck on the other hand was a chubby kid who never had a girlfriend until he met Marlene. He was in love and she messed with his head. Chuck killed Dad with a .22 and had not been there at the house earlier when Mom was killed. After a few days and several cans of Lysol, the stench became unbearable, so they then burned the bodies in a pit at the nearby state park. By the way, Chuck and Marlene were always high on LSD and pills. To further stretch the ridiculousness, some teen friends knew what they had done – and never called the cops.

    Chuck made parole about a year ago. He always expressed remorse for his crime, despite what Gov. Brown said about him at the time of his release. Maybe Chuck will have a few good years as a free man before he kicks the bucket. Marlene on the other hand, served five years in minimum security and was then released. She escaped once and was caught prostituting herself. Later in life, she showed her true colors… the L.A. Times brings us up to speed for what she was doing in 1991. Now days, she’s probably manipulating another poor sucker who never had a girlfriend before, or, she is deceased.

    Highly recommended is the true crime book, which is much better than it’s generic title, “Bad Blood” by Richard M. Levine. This is the only crime book by him. Last time I checked, I think he was a political writer, if that was indeed him that I found.

    LA Times 1991


    • Gayle 1:34 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent! Bad Blood was one of the first true crime books I read when it was released in 1982. Back when there weren’t a million books on the subject. It had a lot to do with my continuous obsession with true crime. It striked something in me. I highly recommend it.

  • John 11:03 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Kit Kat Club Stripper Contest 

    I am told this placard was from Ed’s Kit Kat… back in the day:

    • localarts 7:04 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The winner gets a date with Johnny Wadd.

  • John 10:21 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Photo Of Judge Everett Ricks 

    From what I have gathered, Ricks started out as an attorney in Long Beach and was a longtime member of various social and political groups, and he was no stranger to lending a hand in charity work. It’s a shame he got wrapped up in this case (Hal Glickman admitted to bribing him for Nash, “through a gay attorney”). Glickman had a way with words. Also, Ricks had been ordered by a higher court to reduce Nash’s sentence for the drug conviction, so he would have had to release him anyway. Eight years was the legal maximum sentence, but it was not the norm for drug dealers back then, more like three or four, and Nash had already served two, thus making him already eligible for parole. Ricks was no stranger to the booze and pain pills by this time in 1985, so he probably figured he’d kill two birds here, and make some money also since Nash was being so generous. Nash’s delicate sinus operation was the publicized reason for his release, and prosecutor Ron Coen compared Ricks’ decision to an unwanted prostate exam. That’s pretty funny. Nash sort of got away with bribing others, but when Glickman tried it in the late Seventies in an attempt to get his friend’s kid probation in a cocaine bust, it landed Hal’s ass in prison for a while.

    Here’s Everett during the 1970s. He passed away in 1993.


  • John 10:35 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Greg Diles’ Brief Obituary (1997) 

    • jimmy 1:14 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I dont know what is the point of paying for an obit that says nothing Diles is not an uncommon name and with no other info to go on extended family or friends would have no clue as is this “our Greg”

      • John 2:18 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Only one Greg D. Diles died in 1997 in LA County. According to government records. That’s him.

    • jimmy 2:29 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I know that, but I was just saying having a name only in an obit is wierd with no other info

      • criticextraordinaire 8:00 pm on March 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        He was Greg Diles. What more needed to be said?

    • jimmy 4:47 pm on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Do you even know what an obit is for? Its advertisement for a wake it gives a clue or two as to which family the person belongs to . Just because people have the same last name does not mean they are related.AN obit is only put in the paper to let people who you dont know like friends or extended family of the dead that they are dead . The only person in this whole story with real name recognition is holmes every one else dosent really matter except for those who read this blog YES I BELIEVE THIS IS OUR GREG but if I was related to him I would not be able to tell by reading that in paper.In the end greg is just some black murderer or trouble maker like michael brown who will be forgotten .

      • John 9:36 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        We should all be so lucky, …so as to have been portrayed by Faison Love on the silver screen, LOL.

        • criticextraordinaire 1:18 pm on March 11, 2017 Permalink

          Indeed. Greg Diles has been immortalized on the silver screen.

    • jimmy 3:39 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think he looks scarier then the real greg

    • jim 7:26 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Many newspapers have a policy where they will print the person’s name and burial information for free but you have to pay for anything else. This may be the reason for the brief obituary.

    • localarts 8:54 am on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderland made famous all who were involved….in small circles.

  • John 11:34 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Starwood Booking Manager, David Forest, Passed Away 

    David was a pretty well known music and club agent in L.A. at one time. At the Starwood, Gary Fontenot was the general manager and David handled the bands (he replaced David Knight). In this video from David’s YouTube channel, he discusses his career and also his time working for the Whiskey and for Gary at the Starwood. He died from diabetes in 2015.

    His obituary:

    December 12, 1948 – August 13, 2015
    David was born in Long Beach, CA, December 12, 1948 to Ira and Joyce Forest. David attended Paul Revere JHS 1961-1963 and Palisades High School, class of ’66. David was accepted at Stanford University; he wanted to earn some spending money, so he booked local bands for fraternity and sorority parties. He liked the money he earned and found he was spending more time at that than with classes, that is also when he first met Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. He went to work for Bill Graham’s Millard Agency in San Francisco at Fillmore West where he handled the Grateful Dead and Santana. He moved back to LA in 1969 to work at IFA and then was hired by David Geffen at CMA in 1971 where he would end up handling Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Carole King, James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Carpenters. At the age of 25, David decided to open a booking agency and also concert promotion (Fun Productions). Most of the concerts were on the west coast, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and included Sly and the Family Stone, Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller, Billy Preston, Loggins and Messina, Uriah Heep, Lynard Skynard, Jefferson Starship and Cat Stevens. In the summer of 1976, the first big concerts at Anaheim Stadium headlining, KISS, ZZ Top and Aerosmith. After the economy took a dive, he moved on to book acts for the Whisky a Go Go and the Starwood. David passed away from the side effects of diabetes. A Celebration of Life service will be Friday at 11:00 AM at Hillside Mortuary. David is survived by his mother and brothers.
    Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 6, 2015.
  • John 10:37 am on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    1966: Glickman Buys Phony Gold Brick 

    I don’t know how many Harold G’s were walking around L.A. in 1966, and if there were more than one, I doubt they were the same age. Things like this have to be taken as genuine. Harold was of course, a buddy of Nash, and they were roughly the same age (Nash turned 40 in 1969). I imagine that these two 19-year olds were Glickman’s young goons.

    From the L.A. Times… this is something I thought happened a hundred years ago to bumpkins who just arrived in the big city… quickly fleeced of their life savings:


    • jimmy 1:57 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Serves the con artist right. I would have loved to see his face when he realized that a reverse is happening and now he is the one being squeezed

  • John 10:50 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: grace jones,   

    October 30, 1980 – Grace Jones Plays The Starwood 


    Los Angeles Times. Saturday, November 1, 1980

  • John 11:24 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    March 1981: The Starwood Is Ruining The Hood 

    The club closed, re-opened and then closed again a few times in 1980-81 due to noise, litter and underage drinking complaints by citizens and cops. Trouble had started brewing in about 1976. The club was closed for good in June, 1981.


    • Gayle 3:05 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Those damn punk rockers! Always ruining it for all.

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