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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Susan Launius is pictured during Holmes prelim trial. The continuation page was short and so it’s not included. It just covered how Nash was arrested at his place in Tarzana, and Greg was taken into custody at the Club Hollywood, which Nash owned (formerly the Seven Seas). I also saw a funny 1968 article where Nash and some partner of his got busted for either soliciting prostitutes, or pimping them out, the tiny “Vice” news article was not very clear as to what was going on.
September 1988. Holmes was already deceased for six months.
Cal Hi Sports gives the 1965 LA High School Romans the honorable mention nod as one of the city’s 18 best high school football team’s in the city’s history. Greg Diles was named 2nd team all-city that year. The year before, they lost in the playoffs, but in ’65 they won the city championship (California didn’t start doing state championships until ten years ago). Sadly, I have not been able to track down any living members of the old team. Kicker Gil Ledezma tried out for the Rams a few times, but always got cut. He was 5’2″ tall with a great leg.
Two of my best friends found the Wonderland tale so mystifying, they agreed to do a song about it for me. Life is Hard is the band’s name. I know that on their first album a few years ago, they had some accomplished musicians backing them up – Mark Andes on bass guitar (of Heart and Firefall fame) and others. Thanks to GB for taking and providing the photos herein:
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In the late 70s, Thorson purchased this home with some of his money as an investment, because Lee (Liberace) wanted Scott to have a nest egg of his own. Lee kept him on salary, like his other employees, minstrels and relatives. All of his expenses were paid for, so he had put the money away in the bank. And the movie had it right: It was hard to get cash outright from the entertainer, but Liberace thought nothing of giving someone a $10,000 piece of jewelry as a gift. By this time, the “tract house”, as Scott refers to it in his book, was already over fifteen years old (built in 1963). He doesn’t say how much he paid, but the price today looks quite unreasonable as one could have a custom home built someplace back east for this six-figure amount. BTW, Gladys Luckie was Liberace’s longtime and beloved housekeeper. After Thorson signed away everything for $75,000, Liberace got ownership of the house.
Here is the home’s partial ownership history, from Clark County, NV records. These days, it’s a rental house:
Date Owner 12/26/2007 LUCKIE GLADYS 05/22/2006 CHRISTMAS CHRISTOPHER & SHAWISHI 05/22/2006 CHRISTMAS SHAWISHI LUCKIE 04/14/2003 LUCKIE LINDA JOYCE TRUST 07/11/2002 LUCKIE LINDA J 05/23/2002 LUCKIE LINDA JOYCE 02/27/1998 LUCKIE GLADYS TRUST ETAL 08/21/1992 LUCKIE GLADYS & LINDA JOYCE 05/18/1992 LUCKIE LINDA JOYCE ETAL 06/08/1987 LUCKIE GLADYS 02/18/1987 LIBERACE REVOCABLE TRUST 05/05/1982 LIBERACE 12/28/1978 THORSON SCOTT A
Same Vegas address as given in the book, Behind The Candelabra (1988) – on Laramore Drive:
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The web site which hosted these images is no longer around, so I am posting these here for anyone interested. The food is named after bands of course. I am surprised to see that the band 707 was a Starwood staple. They had a couple of good, minor rock radio hits in the early 80’s, i.e., You might recall “Megaforce” sung by the great Kevin Chalfant.
Today, you can listen to these folks talk about the case if you want. Click on John Holmes to go there…
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.
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.
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…
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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