Wonderland Murders Almost Snare Singer for Three Dog Night


Chuck Negron was one of a trio of singers in the band Three Dog Night. He is best known for his vocals on “Joy to the World” (Jeremiah was a bullfrog…yada yada). During his partying days in the 70s and early 80s, he was also an acquaintance of the Wonderland Gang and used to buy drugs from them. This is mentioned in his autobiography, and he did not live far from the famous house at 8763 Wonderland Avenue.

Chuck claims to have set up a drug buy for the night of the murders, but for some reason did not make it or was told to come by another day. The gang had been partying hard and may have needed rest, according to David Lind. Dave spent that fateful night at a San Fernando Valley motel consuming drugs with a hooker.

Also interesting is that in the crime scene video, one can clearly see a blood splattered album next to the first victim in the living room. The album shown is turned around and this is the back cover of “Harmony” by Three Dog Night:

If Chuck was stopping by, maybe they were getting familiar with his music?

If Chuck was stopping by, maybe they were getting familiar with his music? Screen capture from crime scene video.

An enlarged version. Was this the last music heard by the Wonderland Gang? Susan Launius and Barbara Richardson had not been staying at the house very long, and I bet they were jamming to this album thinking that Chuck was stopping by… were they about to meet a famous person?

That's it. All of the persons in the photo match up below...

That’s it. All of the persons in the photo match up below…

Here is what the back of the album looks like:

This album featured "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song", a big hit in 1972.

This album featured “Just an Old Fashioned Love Song”, a big hit in 1972.

Sources:

Inside The L.C. by Dave McGowan

 

 

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