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  • John 10:39 am on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bob Souza,   

    Malice In Wonderland (again) 

    It is going to be a great year!

    Here is the link to purchase the book on Amazon, you won’t regret it.

    And this episode of a new true crime program looks interesting…. set your DVRs:

    • Michelle 3:21 pm on March 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Is this the book that was originally to be called “Four on the floor@?

      • John 10:44 am on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        No, it’s 2 of the same gents, but a different effort altogether, decades later and a welcome surprise.

    • Bobby 7:17 pm on March 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great posts John, good to see the blog back in action. When it rains it pours!
      Your book looks riveting – can’t wait!

  • John 7:17 am on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    A Few More Samples 

    I would like to find and speak with a gent named Tony Miguel. Tony worked at the Starwood back in the day. If you know him or can find him on Facebook, please ask him to email John at the blog. Tony is a photographer. Years ago, he had been working on a photography book… Hollywood Starwood.

    I would like to obtain some of Tony’s photos of Nash’s house, of L.A., and the Starwood. Thanks!


    The following samples are from an unpublished work…. my book! And will likely be titled:

    Angels in the Smog

    An Informal History of tbe Wonderland Murders

    • localarts 7:59 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great stuff John! After Wonderland it seems Diles & Lind were living hand to mouth. I guess its no surprise they died prematurely. Holmes was made to wait in the losers red room? This must have been after Holmes was in debt to Nash.. Interesting!

      • John 8:25 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, Holmes fell down the rungs of importance with Nash, after owing him so much money. He became a sad joke at the house. Even the youngsters present thought so.

        • localarts 10:46 am on March 15, 2018 Permalink

          From what I understand, Nash use to formally introduce Holmes to all his guest. “I’d like you to meet Mr. John Holmes” I guess once Holmes line of credit ran out, so did the formal introductions as well as being relegated to the “loser’s lounge” Did Jerry Van pass away this past January? I was a bit surprised to learn Nash finally bit the dust back in 2014.

        • criticextraordinaire 10:32 am on March 17, 2018 Permalink

          Localarts, where did you see that Eddie passed away? Far as I have been able to research he is still very much alive and active.

      • John 7:50 am on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        My mistake, Jerry Van is still around. He served over 20 years at Supermax Florence Prison. He was released on 6/23/15. He is about 71 and still lives in Vegas. I saw where he claims to have identified the shoe-bomber. He’s a character! I found he played football at Oakland Comm. College in Michigan in early 70s.

        His real name is: GERARD JULIAN VAN HOORELBEKE

        • criticextraordinaire 7:26 pm on March 17, 2018 Permalink

          John, did you know that Jerry Van published a “memoirs book” back around 2005 or so?

        • John 7:32 pm on March 17, 2018 Permalink

          Yeah, I’m one of the goofs who purchased it. But its value is in the description of Nash’s personality, and the myriad characters with him. Do a search I posted some page samples from it. I only wanted to know about Nash, I was not a cop trying to build a case against him, or care about his ego boosting stories.

    • criticextraordinaire 7:46 pm on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to read the details about David Lind and Morton Downey Jr. going at it.

    • localarts 6:28 pm on March 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      According to Tom Lange, NBC reached out to Nash’s ex-wife Jeanna in an attempt to contact him for an interview about Wonderland. The Oxygen network was putting together an upcoming episode of Mysteries & Scandals about the Wonderland murders. Jenna told the producer at NBC that Eddie passed away on August 9, 2014. He’s buried in a mausoleum at Cross Cemetary in Culver City, CA Adel Gharid Nasrallah 1929–2014 I can’t imagine someone like Tom Lange would include this in the book without doing some fact checking.

      • criticextraordinaire 7:30 pm on March 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Man that really sucks. I was always holding out hope that Eddie would do an interview some day and fill in a few blanks. Nevertheless, Eddie was a survivor and outlasted most of his adversaries. It was Nash’s world and we all lived in it.

        R.I.P., Eddie. 😦

        • BurbankCA 4:56 am on March 18, 2018 Permalink

          The true survivor was Susan and she outlasted them all.

    • John 7:12 pm on March 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      When Eddie passed in 2014 I was notified by a blog subscriber back tben who heard “whispers” of his death. That day, Ed’s wiki bio showed he had died. I checked one other place, and made a blog post trying to confirm it, and if ya’ll remember, I said I would take the post down, since nobody could locate an official record. This last fall, I noticed Eddie was on find a grave (same birth and name… how many Adel Gharib’s are in LA w that birthdate), and it was because a passerby cemetery guru, noticed the name and took a pic of the marker and posted it to find a grave. Anyway, RIP Ed you crazy guy. He was a larger than life persona who was born 100 yrs too late, and would have been at home in old NY, with John Kelly and those wild men.

      • localarts 8:13 am on March 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yeah. It’s Eddie for sure. That name is unique for LA and like you said the birth date kinda seals it. All the principal players are now deceased…

        • Bobby 5:22 am on March 20, 2018 Permalink

          Yeah, sadly seems to be the case. Susan Launius would hold so many revealing insights into Ron’s personality and that of the rest of the Wonderland Gang too. I hope she was able to be interviewed for this book. Any word on that John, or will we just have to wait and see?.. 😉
          Chuck Negron and his wife used to score dope at the house too. They must have a few decent stories to impart..

    • localarts 11:45 am on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      After reading Malice in Wonderland, I’m convinced Ron Launius was a complete psychopath. If a movie were to ever be made about him, it should be called “Silence of the Launius”

      • criticextraordinaire 7:23 pm on March 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Ronnie definitely played by his own rules and took no cr@p. He had a good run while it lasted.

        I wish I could have partied with him and the gang, it would have been a great story to tell the kids. 😀

      • Bobby 10:22 am on March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Well apparently a movie about Ron was already made in 1978 according to that Jacobs book 😉 lol

        • criticextraordinaire 12:55 pm on March 23, 2018 Permalink

          Well then it is time for a sequel to that ’78 production. I always figures Mark Paul Gossalaar could be cast as Ronnie, although he’s far taller than Ronnie was. And maybe a decade ago, I would have cast Brian Dennehy as Bill Amerson, but I think Brian’s too old for that sort of role now. For the role of Diles I would cast Suge Knight, no doubt there. I’ll have to give some thought as to how I would cast a movie that shows how Ronnie, Eddie, and John’s parallel worlds ascended, merged, and then ultimately disintegrated.

  • John 5:15 am on March 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Longform Wonderland Article 

    Wonderland1981 - The Wonderland Murders


    Angels in the Smog

    “History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind”

    –Edward Gibbon


    June of 1981 was the hottest month in the city’s recorded history. July would be heavy with smog.

    Long time money affords a change in locales – lots of cocaine to move and old habits make it hard to leave the present one. Barely a day had passed since the talk between the two men of moving away and they had settled back down into complacency, albeit a guarded one. Loose ends prevented a clean break – Drugs and valuables needed to be fenced and other technicalities existed, including a court date. There had been a promise to a bail bondsman friend to attend those proceedings. A free ride to the airport was arranged. A flight bound for Sacramento. But the ticket would go unused. An unknowing passenger, maybe on…

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    • criticextraordinaire 5:52 pm on March 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Long time money, and lots of cocaine. Remembering Rodger Jacobs at the moment. :’-(

      • localarts 10:52 am on March 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I had my doubts but Rodger Jacobs knew exactly what he was talking about with Long Time Money. To a degree, Rodger deserves credit for keeping the momentum of this story alive and his statements about Ron Launius are now what I believe to be true! After reading Malice in Wonderland I’m 100% convinced Launius was a psychopath and he was far more dangerous that Eddie Nash.

        I’m not going to spoil it for you Criticextraordinaire, you need to buy this book like yesterday!! Susan talks about the Mexican drug deal gone awry… Very excited to read John’s book as well. I have no doubt he will be very thorough with additional back ground on everyone at 8763.

        • criticextraordinaire 5:27 pm on March 11, 2018 Permalink

          Oh, I’ve always felt that Ronnie was the real deal and a bad ass for sure. But he was no match for Eddie’s superior organization skills and connections within government, the cops, and pretty much anywhere else. Huge mistake messing with Eddie. If only they had teamed up, it could have been an unbeatable combo. DEFINITELY gonna buy Lange’s book. I still believe that a screenplay about Ronnie’s escapades would be a major film success… I envision an epic type film with the same sort of flow as “Hoffa”… with, of course, the same sort of tragic ending. R.I.P., Rodger Jacobs..

    • localarts 7:03 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Without a doubt. Nash had far greater resources in which to exercise his power. Murder, arson, bribery,etc.. Unfortunately, I don’t think a partnership between the two could last. Launius would’ve made a power play and put Nash on ice or vice versa. As they say, this town isn’t big enough for the two of us.

  • John 4:59 am on March 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Eddie’s Rag Doll Supper Club 

    Wonderland1981 - The Wonderland Murders

    An old ad from a North Hollywood club Eddie once owned in the 60s. The building is now a Mexican restaurant and an auto tint shop. He and his Rag Doll business partner were arrested in 1968 for pimping and/or pandering.


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  • John 5:26 am on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Lange & Souza’s Wonderland Book !! 

    Their long-awaited book came out a few weeks ago. I bought my copy.

    Check it out….

    Malice in Wonderland

    Also, you can watch news footage of Holmes’ passing in this video, which appears to have been posted by Bill Margold’s estate. He died recently.


    • localarts 6:13 pm on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      FINALLY!! A first hand account from the two men that worked the case back in 81. This book is long overdue! I will be ordering my copy tomorrow. I have even less respect for Laurie Holmes after watching that interview… Not that I had any respect for her to begin with.

    • criticextraordinaire 5:47 pm on March 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, Laurie looked really hot back then. No wonder John hooked up with her. And it is good to know that in the last 5 years of his life, John did not mess around with any women (other than those he had sex with as part of his job). I suppose he was finally settling down.

      That one news story was a riot that talked about his most famous role starring in Deep Throat with Linda Lovelace!

  • John 4:54 pm on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    The Passing Of Larry Cherokee Hershman 

    Larry Hershman (1945-2016)

    Cherokee was a friend of Ron Launius. Larry straightened out his life, eventually becoming a truck driver. He had a large family and I’m sure he is missed.

    RIP Cherokee!

    Read his obituary –

    • Jimi 6:14 pm on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What a find. Its hard to believe its been 37 years . I wonder what ronnie would have looked like. What does susan look like now.

      • John 6:48 pm on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Nobody knows, but her “friend” keeps lashing out at me though.

        • localarts 1:09 pm on January 29, 2018 Permalink

          Great find as always! Many have tried but know one has been able to out live Eddie.. I think Susan is the last known contender! An interview with Cherokee would have been a nice addition to your book, I’m sure he had plenty of Ron Launius stories. Glad to see you post here again. I was getting worried, thought something happened to you.

        • criticextraordinaire 6:41 pm on February 6, 2018 Permalink

          I hear that when the President saw Susan there, he commented “If I had a son, he would have looked like Gregory Diles”.

    • Jimi 11:32 pm on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Did you ever get to speak to her about book. What are her feelings

    • criticextraordinaire 5:45 am on February 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s a link to Cherokee’s page at Find-A-Grave.

      We should probably set up a “virtual Cemetary” directory there where it is easier to find the grave sites of the Wonderland figures. Ronnie Launius, Joy Milller, Billy Deverell, Tracy McCourt, David Lind, Johnny Wadd, Gregory Diles and Barbara Richardson (as Barbara Easton) all have pages there where people can reflect and pay their respects. No grave site is noted for Diles, however. I wonder where it was buried?

      Cherokee did pretty good. Not everybody sees themselves portrayed on the silver screen, and he came off as a fun guy during his brief scene in Wonderland 1. A good counterbalance to the ferocity of Ronnie Launius, determination of Eddie Nash, and the desperation of John Holmes.

  • John 3:21 pm on April 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fan man, james miller   

    The Strange Death Of Fan Man 

    This video is what James Miller aka “Fan Man” is best known for… (see below for what happened to him ten years later):

    Miller had been interested in flying since childhood and quickly became a paragliding enthusiast. He started with a jet pack tied to his back, and moved up to two-cycle aircraft engines which powered him through the skies above the desert. He began setting power-gliding records for altitude and distance, with a reputation for reckless daring (according to Wikipedia).

    According to his brother, James liked to buck society – give them the business so to speak and mess with their heads – just for the hell of it. But when he tried to land in the ring of the Bowe vs. Holyfield fight in Vegas in 1993, he was beaten unconscious by security and angry fans and bystanders. He went to the hospital and then to jail where he posted $200 bail and was then released. Miller later joked, “It was a heavyweight fight and I was the only guy who got knocked out.”

    In 1994, he decided not to land in the L.A. Coliseum during a Raiders’ game; landing nearby in a park instead. It was probably a good idea, as Raiders DE Howie Long explains, “Magnify that (other) beating tenfold. That’s what he would have gotten here.” Those Raider fans are pretty wild and crazy.

    Miller later landed atop Buckingham Palace in London. He removed his pants and his lower body was painted green. He was deported and banned from the UK for life.

    He moved to Alaska in 1996, where he continued to para-glide and give lessons while working in the computer industry. In 2001, he began having heart trouble that was seemingly irreparable and having tired of his poor health and major medical bills which he could not repay – Miller disappeared in September of 2002. In March, 2003, a group of hunters traveling through a remote part of Kenai Peninsula stumbled upon his corpse; the coroner confirmed suicide by hanging. Miller’s body was found shortly after his girlfriend gave birth to their son.

    James enjoyed Alaska and the people there respected him as a stand-up guy. ”I think it was a huge relief to him to finally find his niche and his place in the world where he could be who he was and not feel like he was hiding it and be accepted. And I really think that had a lot to do with his demise, because that was such a special environment for him to be in,” his brother said.

    Although Miller’s disappearance and death were reported in the local press shortly after his body was found, his suicide did not become widely known outside Alaska until the latter part of 2003 when ESPN went searching for him to film a SportsCenter feature to be shown during the tenth anniversary of his stunt.

    • localarts 11:07 am on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Any chance of a July 1st book release comemorating the 36th anniversary? Had to ask…

  • John 1:01 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Celebrating 1 Million Page Views 

    Well, by Monday we’ll get there anyway…

    • Gayle 2:53 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply


    • localarts 8:11 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Not surprised at all… Should be 50,000,000 page views!

    • criticextraordinaire 4:53 pm on April 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We need to support this page. All the other Wonderland related pages are now gone. Lion’s Gate, IMdB, and Rodger Jacobs pages are all shut down. And I think Dawn Schiller’s message board is also shut down. So is the last page standing. I remember the other pages with posters such as BoogieKnight, WILDHEART, AmericanDiablo, kdimmick, and FallFrost who kept it all going.

      • localarts 11:35 am on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I agree critic. I guess this blog will be around as long as John has faithful followers like you, myself and countless others who visit this site regularly.

    • localarts 1:46 pm on June 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Any chance of a July 1st book release comemorating the 36th anniversary? Had to ask…

    • criticextraordinaire 6:56 am on November 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Following is an excerpt from the script of the never-produced film, “The Passion of the Wadd”.

      “There was this porn star I grew up watching; he was older than me. Sorta looked up to him, you know. Watched his first work and he made his way out of the street. During The Golden Age, his films even ran in Canada… made a fortune, Bill Amerson, too. As much as anyone, I loved him and trusted him. Later on he brought fame and exposure to a small hick town in central Ohio. That kid’s name was John Holmes, and the city he grew up in was Pataskala. This was a great man, a man of talent and guts. And there isn’t even a plaque, or a signpost or a statue of him in that town! Someone put the kibosh that. No one knows who gave the order. But I let it go because it had nothing to do with business!”

    • jim 5:41 pm on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Criticextraordinaire that is great. Does anyone have any updated information about the status of the book, mentioned on this website, that was to be published about Holmes? It seems like this site has gone almost dark. No updated; nothing.

      • localarts 10:51 am on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        John hasn’t posted here in a long time, I hope nothing has happened to him. I can’t speak for John but I believe the focus of the book is the victims. Who they were, their background and the crime itself. Holmes helped facilitate the murders but I don’t believe the book is about John Holmes per say.

  • John 10:27 am on March 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ali baba, kit kat,   

    Old Ads For Nash’s Clubs 

    Not much today, just some old ads from the L.A. Times back in the 1970s. Another old Kit Kat Club ad said dancers could make $4-500 a week. That’s good work if you can get it. Ali Baba’s was a dump in North Hollywood while Soul’d Out was actually a nice place. It later became Club Lingerie (which was a music club, not a strip joint).

    Hal Glickman ran the King’s Arms in Burbank. The Arms was an upscale Sizzler with a buffet and a guy in a big hat carving the meat for you.

    • localarts 6:14 pm on April 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is what the world was like before Facebook, internet, etc.

      • criticextraordinaire 6:30 pm on April 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yep. Guys like Eddie Nash living large and calling all the plays, with everybody including the cops at his beck and call. And hungry players like Ronnie Launius putting together their own crews and making their mark, too. Was a great time with none of today’s nonsense.

      • James 9:44 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I miss this world. I loved the 1970’s. It was a golden era for Civil Liberties and the music was all part of that. Tell me what has happened to that element in American life? I remember having a black book and loved writing letters to my friends and girls I liked. I put effort into writing letters. The technology makes it too easy. These advertisements were revolutionary. They advertised drinks and food and people got a extra fun time. The Nash had all the hook ups. Don’t you miss that time period?

  • 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:

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