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  • John 10:15 am on July 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    The Return Of Ron Launius! 

    Not really. Just some small info to keep your fires burning…

    In June of 1957, David Lind applied for Social Security disability benefits but he was denied. Disability type was not listed. (document found via cross-reference of his mother’s name)

    After having reached the lawful minimum of living in the United States for five years, and with gainful employment, in 1956, Ed applied for his Naturalization in the USA via Milwaukee where he of course owned a restaurant called “Eat’n Time”. One of his female relatives owned or worked at Shamalie’s Dinnette restaurant. Even at this point, he was already living in a big brick home with his wife Maria from Milwaukee and his baby daughter. Seven dollars my ass! The Nash was smart: the old “marry a citizen and have an anchor baby” trick! …and then your newfound citizenship simply consists of filling out some paperwork. In 1956, Ed’s first child with Maria named Debra was born in Milwaukee. There is almost an entire chapter on Debra in my book.

    In the Olivehurst city directory, Ron Launius is seen living at this duplex in unit B with his first wife Fay. I’m guessing that second unit there, and these probably were much nicer back then. Of course, Ron is listed as “USAF” in the directory. In the 1970 directory, it’s the same but includes his old phone number. I guess that was so Cherokee could call him, and for other shady deals. Ron and Fay were divorced in 1970 so it’s a good guess that either Ron was long gone from this address by ’69 or that Fay moved back down to Atwater where she was from (probably the latter, since she filed in San Bernadino). Fay died in 1988 at 40 years old. At fifteen, she gave birth to another serviceman’s baby girl, which was quickly put up for adoption. She must have lived a troubled life til the end.

    You can’t find a good used old Blazer anymore… ‘cept in Olivehurst:

    • jim 9:54 am on July 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent research!

      • Jenna 6:04 pm on September 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I need some sound advice guys…please tell me only true tales. 8763 Wonderland is up for a month to month lease…im really wanting to move in, but im scared. heard alot about voices at nite and doors slamming….

        • John 10:16 am on September 22, 2016 Permalink

          I only heard about these strange occurrences from the guys in the pop group, LMFAO, who posted videos on YouTube. However, whatever spirits to haunt the home may have only wanted them, their shitty music and big hair – the hell outta there! LOL

    • criticextraordinaire 6:36 pm on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That’s too bad about Fay. As I was reading along I was thinking “Hey, she could fill in some blanks about Ronnie.” But it’s not to be. ;-(

      I still would like to see a movie based on the life and times of Ronnie Launius. I think it could be a major hit.

  • John 2:27 pm on June 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy 4th of July! 

    On the afternoon of June 29, 1981… the gang were celebrating the Nash score, and a worried Tracy McCourt was phoning for a taxi so he could go home to his shitty apartment on Lemp St. in North Hollywood.

    About sixty years earlier, this was going on at the Overlook…


    • localarts 4:56 pm on June 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      John & Dawn were getting ” way high ” as Dawn would later way. I believe she also said they went to a sea food place and ordered hush puppies… Probably Long John Silvers. Hard to believe its been 35 years!

  • John 3:47 am on February 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Chris Cox Has Passed Away 


    • Gayle 10:12 am on February 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have fond memories of The Odyssey. Disco was never my choice of music in the 80’s, but you couldn’t help but love it when you were dancin’ and groovin’ to it at this club. Fun times!

      • localarts 9:47 am on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Very sad. Chris Cox is probably the only person with an accurate account of the events following the robbery at Nash’s house. I remember reading that Cox showed up at Eddie’s not long after the robbery had taken place and he said “John Holmes was standing by the bar and acting very nervous”. This contradicts Scott Thorson;s side of things.

    • John 12:23 pm on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s his obituary, you guys. And a photo. Thanks to G!

      June 30, 1948 – February 10, 2016 Chris Cox was born in Frankfurt, Germany on June 30,1948 to the late James and Angela Cox. Chris grew up in Milton, Massachusetts with his five siblings. Chris is survived by his brother Stephen of California, Angela, James, Joseph of Massachusetts and the late Michael Cox of Palm Springs, California. Chris came to Los Angeles in 1968 where he was the successful owner of several Night Clubs, including the Odyssey. Chris became a private investigator and most recently in the last 13 years, one of Hollywood’s most well known Bail Bondsman. Chris will always be remembered for his very generous and compassionate nature. Chris helped many people find their way in life. Taken from us too soon, Chris will be missed by so many. Funeral services will be held on February 14 at 11 a.m. at Hollywood Forever Funeral Home, located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. All are welcome to attend.
      Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2016

      See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=chris-cox&pid=177707658&#sthash.dpyW9yGL.dpuf

  • John 5:21 am on January 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Before He Made Headlines, He Made Love 

    • Gayle 12:32 pm on February 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if his trial or that blurb did help with ticket sales…?!

  • John 5:52 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    1973: Jury Indicts 4 In Lewd Movie Case 

    Not for making the movies… but for showing them. Deep Throat and Johnny Wadd are like Gone With The Wind compared to the x-rated stuff of today. The Studio Art Theater…

    “Prosecutor Brune said in the future when lewd movies are shown, grand juries will again go to the movies”. I bet they did.

    March 1, 1973

    March 1, 1973

  • John 6:01 am on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , mitchell egers   

    Attorney: Holmes Shot At Twice Since Murders 

    This AP article from June 26, 1982 “Porno Film Star Anxious to Resume Work After Acquittal” quotes John’s attorney, Mitchell Egers, who says Holmes was shot at twice since the killings. At about 6’1″ and 155 lbs at this time, the lanky Holmes would have been a hard target. If it’s true.

    Mitchell Egers was still practicing law when I interviewed him this past October. He has plans to retire soon and hopes to start work on his own book, featuring some of his most interesting cases – including Holmes. He is still busy and I found where Egers recently represented a young Hollywood actor that got into some trouble.

    Hesitant to speak to me at first, we eventually got into the finer points of the court case and the aftermath. Mitch has the only transcript of the Holmes trial that I know of; even the bloodhound Rodger Jacobs couldn’t get a copy – was told by the clerk it was lost or something like that.

    Greg Diles was in jail at the time of the trial on unrelated charges and was brought into the court, not as a witness but as an exhibit (a blunder by the prosecution). His 6-4, 300+ lb frame towered over the tiny female bailiff, and for added effect – Holmes jerked back in his chair – in view of the jury, who also seemed startled. Ron Coen’s idea had backfired, and helped Holmes case – that these hard and scary men were somehow involved. And were intimidating. That was the big “Perry Mason moment”. This was shared on the FB page, but that is gone now. I am no longer Zuckerberg’s lapdog.

    Also in October, I interviewed Pete from the old Launius family neighborhood. Photos and more to come…

    June 26, 1982 (AP)

    June 26, 1982 (AP)

    • Gayle 12:36 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Picturing Greg Diles as an exhibit in the courtroom…what a site! Ha!

      • localarts 9:35 am on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder if Egers really believed Holmes was innocent? Obviously, it was his job along with Earl Hanson to defend him but behind closed doors you never know..

  • John 5:10 am on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    The Old Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital 

    David Lind passed away in 1995 at age 55. His place of death was the old Santa Rosa Community Hospital. While still there, it is abandoned and looks pretty spooky. David’s immediate cause of death was a heart attack due to days of internal bleeding due to years of drug abuse. According to the death certificate, prior to his death David last worked for a year in the printing industry as a laborer. He was married at the time of his death.

    3325 Chanate Road

    3325 Chanate Road, Sonoma County.

    • Bobby 5:20 am on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sure I remember reading somewhere on your blog that he had a kid.. was that true?

      • John 5:29 am on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I believe had an estranged daughter from an early marriage in the 60s.

    • John 5:31 am on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi G, your full name comes up because that’s the profile name of your own blog I think.

      • gayle 1:01 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, I just figured it out. Disregard the email I just sent you. I don’t have a blog. WordPress made me sign up to ‘like’ your posts or rate them with stars. I’ll see if I can change my name on it. Thanks. I’m ignorant to blog sites. I don’t use them.

      • gayle 1:05 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t get it, my comments disappear when I log it, but stay when not logged in. I just won’t log in anymore.

    • John 6:11 am on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Gayle had trouble posting, but she wanted to say:
      The idea of abandoned hospitals always intrigued me…so creepy! This one especially knowing Lind died there. Too bad it’s a 5 hour drive away from me. Sonoma County is beautiful.

      Thanks G! Contrary to popular belief, Lind was never in witness protection. He was on the run, just like Tracy and Holmes…that whole paranoia… but Holmes was running from the law, not Nash. And Lind couldn’t be a real member of a biker gang. He just wasn’t cut from the same cloth as guys like that, he used intravenous drugs-which was a no-no (biker gangs have ethics?), and probably wasn’t seen as trustworthy, having failed at impressing these gangs I’m told. A true pariah even before Wonderland, he would remain one after as well. He led a nomad-like existence, estranged from even his own immediate family. Not even mentioned in his own mother’s obituary.

      • Gayle 11:00 pm on January 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, I will use my computer and not my phone to leave comments.

        I never understood that mentality of ‘no IV drug use’ that the bikers have. They do far worse. I guess they do see everything else they do as being ethical…crazy!

        • John 6:11 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink

          and Holmes wasn’t mentioned in Sharon’s obit either.

        • Ken 9:29 am on January 28, 2016 Permalink

          I would imagine it wold be less a matter of ethics than a matter of them knowing that IV drug users are completely unreliable and untrustworthy.

          Imagine yourself being involved in a gang of people commiting crimes on an ongoing basis and one of your accomplises being an IV drug addict that the police could merely arrest and put through withdrawal to get him to flip on the entire gang…

        • John 5:18 am on January 29, 2016 Permalink

          Very true Ken.

    • Ken 9:34 am on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think that Holmes was listed in his mother Mary’s obituary either when she died several years back in her 90’s..

      • localarts 2:59 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right, Ken. Holmes was left out of his mothers obit. There was a discussion about it on this blog some time ago. A few of the posters seemed a little upset Holmes was never mentioned but then again, it wasn’t their family name that had to bear the shame and humiliation for his actions either.

  • John 5:42 am on January 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bradley brunon, carroll o'connor, howard stern   

    Nash Lawyer Involved in Carroll O’Connor Case 

    I never thought I’d feel sorry for David Letterman.

    A man walks into a bar with his pet alligator. He asks the barman, “Do you serve lawyers?”  Yes, came the reply. Okay, I’ll have a rum and coke, and a lawyer for my alligator.

    LA Times, Jan 12, 1996

    LA Times, Jan 12, 1996

  • John 3:36 am on January 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jess marlow,   

    Thorson Steals New Identity From Old LA News Anchor 

    Unbelievable. There are no words really. The real Jess Marlow died in 2014. The other one sits in a Nevada prison. My new alias in witness protection will be Ted Koppel, I need to work on my hair though.

    And it's true because Brian Williams was there that night.

    And it’s true because Brian Williams was there that night.

    Former Los Angeles news anchor, Jess Marlow, died on Sunday, August, 3, 2014. He worked at KNBC and KCBS in Los Angeles and was on the air for a combined 37 years. He was 84.

    I tried to stay away but I couldn’t.


  • John 5:37 am on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bradley brunnon, , , ron coen   

    Eddie Nash Goes On TV – Declares Innocence 

    Suspects who turn out to be guilty (Steven Avery) usually go on television to declare their innocence. And so did one Eddie Nash. Check him out here on NBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles: New suit and tie, hair nicely styled, a face lift? What a smooth talker. All this shit will be in my book, which is titled “Angels in the Smog – The True Story of the Wonderland Murders.”  Release date: TBD.

    I am still checking email, but I have to go MIA for a while from the blog because I have stuff to do. Thanks for your support and for visiting this blog, which has over 800,000 views in 4 years. Thank you for coming here for the truth.

    The Nash - doing what all killers do - go on TV

    The Nash, using his hands a lot … a sign of guilt?  LA New Times, May 2001. NBC Channel 4 LA.

    Legend has it that when the arrest warrant was issued for him after he was caught disobeying a judge’s order during the RICO investigation (talking on an illegal phone in his house to gangsters about marijuana), he was on vacation with that wife of his in China. What a long flight back knowing you’re going to jail. Poor Eddie. I hope the in-flight movie was not Shawshank, because everyone in prison is innocent. You didn’t know that?

    Although housed at a federal jail for the RICO beef, Eddie knew the LA county jail well, as he spent two years there awaiting his murder trials of the early 1990s – He was kept separated from the general population like OJ, Todd Bridges, Menendez brothers, Richard Ramirez, etc.

    Todd was neighbors in jail with Eddie but the two could not relate, although both killers got along well. “Ed was older than me, but a really nice guy”, said Todd. Bridges is a killer who got off thanks to Johnnie Cochran. Bridges suddenly forgot what happened that day when he killed that crackhead. My God, the damage that hack lawyer did to the justice system:

    But defense attorney Johnnie Cochran argued that Bridges was so intoxicated with cocaine at the time of the incident that even if he did shoot the victim, he could not have intended to kill him. Therefore, Cochran argued, Bridges should not be convicted.

    -LA Times, Nov 4, 1989

    Back to Nash…  “he got punked around pretty good by some black guys in there, he did not have a pleasant stay” (allegedly) while serving his three year sentence at Terminal Island Federal Prison in the early 2000s for his RICO activities. Included in the indictment was John Holmes (by then deceased), and three of Nash’s arson and fraud buddies from the old days, all of whom were stumbling bumbling idiots the Nash used as buffers.

    Terminal Island is the former home of Charles Manson, Tim Leary and heroin addict & jazz singer Anita O’Day, among others (Al Capone). The exterior of the prison is also featured in a few crime movies. Don’t drop the soap.

    • Bobby 5:39 am on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ye-haw, great find John! Have you thought about getting NBC Channel 4 to dig up the footage for you? Don’t know the deal over there in the States but here in Oz you can get just about anything from the networks for a nominal fee. The fact that you can say you require it as research material for your book might get you a little further. Anyway, great to hear the book is coming along nicely – bravo. I like the new title but have to say I also thought the original “Chasing the Dragon” was pretty rock solid and had a very seedy/more compelling feel to it. I’m sure you have very good reasons for changing it though.. keen to find out. take care mang, Bobby PS: When will we see those new photos of Ronnie? 😉

      • John 5:32 am on January 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Bobby for the kind words. The original title was too common and too many books of all genres already have that title.

        • Gayle 12:30 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink

          I agree. I like the new title.

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