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  • John 2:29 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The Starwood Menu 

    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.



    • Gayle 3:26 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The Starwood had great ‘Fear’ fries 🙂 and the club really enforced that ‘Two drink minimum’ policy! It only pertained when a well known band was headlining.

      • John 1:48 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, and with Eddie as owner, I’m sure it was decent bar food all around. I don’t think that gastro-expert Ed would have let them serve slop to people, even though most of his cash at the Starwood was probably made from alcohol sales.

    • jimmy chicago 9:27 am on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What are fear fries ? Is that something regional

  • John 11:46 am on November 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The “Thinking Sideways” Wonderland Podcast 

    Today, you can listen to these folks talk about the case if you want. Click on John Holmes to go there…


  • John 4:09 pm on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The Death Of Henry Hoskins 

    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.

    Death of man linked to Lomita ‘Black Widow’ is ruled a suicide

    By Larry Altman Staff Writer
    A Gardena bail bondsman with ties to the Lomita Black Widow case committed suicide, the Coroner’s Department said Monday.

    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.

  • John 12:22 pm on October 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Miller Ran For State Senate in 1966 

    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…


    • criticextraordinaire 9:17 pm on October 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Joy’s hubby? He couldn’t hold a candle to Billy Deverell.

    • jimmy 1:34 pm on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      or a needle, ha ,ha,ha

  • John 11:03 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Wonderland Legend, Rodger Jacobs, Passed Away This Summer 

    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


    Author, Playwright, Columnist, Filmmaker

    • criticextraordinaire 6:06 pm on October 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      RIP, Rodger. I had always hoped that things would turn around for him. His contributions to the documentation of Wonderland and John Holmes indeed made him a “Wonderland legend” as well as a “Holmes legend”.

    • Bobby 12:28 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very sad to hear this. RIP Rodger, a bonafide Wonderland legend! I’m sure you had some awesome conversations with him John.. he’ll be sorely missed.

    • Jill Nelson 6:41 am on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I too, am very sad to learn this news and am grateful to have had a couple of positive exchanges with him a few years ago. RIP.

    • localarts 6:43 pm on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very sad indeed. Roger Jacobs deserves a lot of credit for being the first to offer a real insight to the wonderland murders . Mike Sager’s “To live and die in LA” was a start, still have my original copy from “89 but Long Time Money & Lots of Cocaine was a game changer! Sorry for doubting your assessment of Launius, you were right all along! RIP.

      • criticextraordinaire 5:50 pm on October 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ronnie was bad ass. Somehow I had always hoped that maybe Rodger would pick up the trail and do an extended piece (or even screenplay) about him, but that’s not gonna happen now. John here at wonderland1981 probably is the most knowledgeable about Ronnie at this point, other than Susan who apparently is saying nothing. I think a flick about Ronnie could be done on an epic scale, something along the lines of “Scarface where the ultimate badass builds his empire, then takes things just a little too far.

        • localarts 12:07 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink

          I agree Critic. Ron Launius was a man to be feared, PERIOD. Even though Roger is no longer with us, I’m sure John’s book will be very through with regards to Launius. Without a doubt, John’s knowledge of Wonderland far supersedes that of anyone who was not directly involved in the case! Yeah, a movie about Launius would be great but getting the right people interested and the money behind it is another story…

        • J, Debreux 9:22 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink

          I heard different. More like the strongest of the weak. He finally MET a real bad ass !

        • criticextraordinaire 6:30 pm on October 28, 2016 Permalink

          Well nobody wins every battle, and Ronnie was no exception. But realize it took a whole crew to take Ronnie down. Ronnie’s big mistake was not finishing off The Nash and Diles when he had the chance. He violated Rule Number One, and it cost him.

    • Pumpkin12903 2:17 pm on October 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      • criticextraordinaire 7:39 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, it is sad that nobody even cared enough to claim Rodger’s remains. Likewise sad that his long time partner Lela passed away a few weeks after he did. 😦

        • Laura 11:56 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          Dear CriticE, to be honest it’s not a surprise to me that his remains weren’t claimed. His treatment of me was pretty horrible after I confronted him nicely on some things. He accused me of some stuff I never did. This is one reason I found the articles about his death. Because of things he accused me of (which were lies) I kept an eye on him online in case I ever needed to get a lawyer involved. I wasn’t the only one who was treated badly by him. Interestingly, when Jacobs tore into me (again) on the Internet Movie Database website some years back my boyfriend gave him an earful. Jacobs didn’t say a word in reply to my boyfriend. He literally hid from him, but had no problem tearing into me and others. Very sad in the long run.

        • Laura 3:49 pm on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          I’ll give Lela credit where due. Please know I’m not being sarcastic here: She was very kind and patient with me in our one encounter online.

        • Laura 1:37 pm on October 16, 2016 Permalink

          Dear CriticE, yes, this is “pumpkin12903” from the IMDB “Wonderland” board. It’s great to see a few of the people from there on here now. I found this blog not long ago. I haven’t been on IMDB much for some years as am spending that time on other things. I do a search on the Wonderland case every great once in a while to see if there’s any new info. Also look on the IMDB board every great once in a while to see if anything new on there. I hope you’ve been doing well. I answered your question here as “reply” button didn’t show up under your post.

    • Laura 9:21 am on October 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      • Laura 11:59 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I posted these links twice. I wasn’t logged into WordPress on the first post and it didn’t give a message saying “moderation pending” like the second post did. I’ll remember from now on to be logged into WordPress when I post.

        • criticextraordinaire 6:25 pm on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          Laura = Pumpkin ?

    • J, Debreux 9:20 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I certainly thank Rodger Jacobs for exposing Holmes for the sociopathic pos he really was. Like any real journalist “hey, if the shoe fits, wear it “

      • criticextraordinaire 6:35 pm on October 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Not all of us see Mr. Holmes as a “pos”. True, he was a flawed person much like all of us, the proverbial “glass half empty”. But many of us out here prefer to look at his good side, as well as his pioneering work in the world of cinema.

        There are not that many actors who are known almost as well by their screen character as their real persona. John was the Leonard Nimoy of porn.

    • Jack Harper 10:30 pm on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am Rodgers step brother and I just found out he died in July of 2016. Rodger and I were as different as night and day, but we had some good times growing up together. He was always in seclusion, in his room listening to music, writing, etc.I tried to get him to forgive his mother, my step mom, but he was pissed at her, he never forgave her and he was a very selfish person, never reciprocating attempts towards a closer relationship with me or his mother.He was very talented, but had a drinking problem that I’m sure added to his already weak condition. My friend Ted just told me about this, so I am still a little stunned. I hope you all will remember his contribution to the arts and his passion for well written plays and journalism…

      • John 3:51 pm on December 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for posting about Rodger, Jack. It’s appreciated by all here. –John

    • Jack Harper 7:34 am on December 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My Name is Jack Harper, Rodger was my step-brother. I just found out he died in July. Rodger was a complicated individual and he had many flaws, but when it came to his craft he was very passionate and wanted to push it to the limits. We drifted apart from each other as we got older, his unwillingness to continue our relationship as brothers was part of his dark side. I tried to help him many times, but he wanted to do what he wanted, even if that was drinking himself into an early grave. I am saddened by his passing, we did have some memorable times together growing up…

  • John 1:03 pm on September 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Floorplan @ 8763 Wonderland Ave. 


    • Bobby 3:19 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sheesh, what a dinky little abode it was. Must’ve been a sweltering hotbox back in the summer of ’81 considering I don’t remember seeing any air-cons.. just those crappy pedestal fans.
      Anyway, glad to see this ship steered back on course to Wonderland Ave 😉

      • John 3:47 pm on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If you go to the Zillow page, it’s for lease right now. $3500/month. Lots of nice interior photos. Joy and Billy had a window unit, don’t remember one for Ron’s room though. He was sweatin’ to the oldies down there!

    • criticextraordinaire 7:34 am on October 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wish I lived in LA and had the money. I’d buy this historic place and set it up as a bed & breakfast. The living room would be stocked with an array of Holmes productions, featured on Betamax tapes.

      • John 11:06 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        No wonder minimum wage people in Cali want $15/hr. It’s hard to find a place to live out there that isn’t Wonderland prices.

      • Tori 9:56 am on October 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I would definitely come to that bed and breakfast!

  • John 3:01 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink  

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  • John 4:19 pm on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    True Lies: John Holmes and Scott Thorson 

    Addiction is a medical problem; a brain disease and is lifelong. So says the famous celebrity addiction counselor, Dr. Drew Pinsky. He goes further: “Once the switch to addiction is thrown, then it is a chronic, lifelong condition … addicts tell me that while they are sober, their addiction is doing push-ups, waiting to re-emerge and take over … it’s a brain disorder and it’s waiting and lurking in them.” Dr. Drew also says that when an addict begins to offer you a promise or an explanation, then you should cover your ears because you are about to receive a big load of bullshit.

    John Holmes and Scott Thorson

    So then – what can we say about these two men? Apparently, there is quite a bit because they really had a lot in common.

    Both men were originally from very humble beginnings in the Midwest – John from Ohio and Scott by way of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The pair each lived and worked on the edge of true celebrity and on the fringes of the entertainment world; enough celebrity fire to at least capture the friendship of Eddie Nash. Yet both became immersed in the hardcore world of drugs. Both men shared a love lust for the same drug – freebase rock cocaine – Crack!

    These two men have both had movies made about them, and both have become, by their own actions and mistakes – legendary figures. Both have ghost-written books, with Scott’s coming out the same year John died. Almost star-crossed, they have so much in common that it is almost like they were separated at birth, moved away and then as adults, veered towards the same destiny. The most common trait between these two men however, were the lies. It was that you could not believe a thing that came out of their mouths. They have also lied to themselves, and betrayed their own emotions.


    I should be delivering furniture in Ohio

    Everybody lies to get something they want on occasion, but according to the annals of psychiatry, “a pathological liar may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth, being unaware that they are relating fantasies”. One origin of this behavior begins with a chaotic home life and generally starts to grow during a person’s teenage years. At this stage, due to insecurities, they begin to lie to cast themselves in a favorable light, as to “decorate their own person”. That says it all right there. Furthermore, the liar does not really believe the lies, and knows which are true if pressed for the truth, but, in cases of rather extreme traumatic events and to save conscience, the liar can easily “lie it away” quite quickly, in other words even lie to themselves to get it off their mental table or conscience – and bury it away as truth.

    The morning of the murders, when John was asked by his estranged wife, Sharon, how he could have been involved in something like that since the victims were his friends, he simply replied “they were dirt.”

    Decorate Their Own Person

    Like any book, writing your autobiography can be quite a difficult task. It is even harder to pen your life story though when you cannot keep your lies straight within the book itself and most damaging, keep the lies straight with things that you say on record that are to the contrary, before and after the book has been published.

    In the Wonderland realm, there have been three key figures who have accomplished this amazing feat: John Holmes, Scott Thorson and Dawn Schiller. Leaving Dawn out of this (for now), Holmes and Thorson could not even keep their lies straight even when it came time to capture, for the entire world to see, their own life story. They had already told different stories before the books were printed, and most damaging, Scott did it afterward as well.

    A person’s autobiography is the holiest of holies when it comes to your legacy, even if you do not have an exciting story to tell. These men did have great stories to tell, but they could not keep the lies from changing long enough to even let themselves die first. When you scan the online reader reviews for these books, even the average person has noticed it, and almost all of them mention it.

    Old things, dead and buried, often get new life breathed into them. Books are no different and due to the success of the 2013 film based on the 1988 book of the same name, Behind the Candelabra has gained some brief popularity and was re-released in electronic form with a few minor additions.

    Thus, I found Scott’s new Afterword. Yes, Scott (aka Jess Marlow) had an opportunity to add an Afterword section to the end of his famous book and he tells us what he has been doing lately. But what does he do with this opportunity? He lies. Scott stretches this short couple of paragraphs so that he can squeeze a lie in there. And here it is (paraphrased): As a person in witness protection because he was a witness against feared L.A. nightclub owner Eddie Nash, an attempt was made on his life by associates of Eddie Nash about a year after the trial. The only problem was, Nash’s first trial was a hung jury, and the second trial ended in acquittal. Nash was acquitted due to Scott’s flimsy testimony, not convicted. It would make no sense to kill him, at all. Unbelievable, yet sadly rather believable if you know Scott’s history of lying. By the way, Scott is trying to put together another book or movie about himself and is looking for investors with this project.

    Indeed, an attempt was made on Jess Marlow’s life, sure. It was at a cheap motel in Jacksonville in November, 1991. That did happen. However, the would-be assassin at the room that night was no pro, but simply a longtime petty thief and crack-head, a twenty-five year old man named Melvin Jerome Owen. He was arrested shortly after the shooting.

    According to police, they may have been smoking crack together in the room before the shooting, due to all of the paraphernalia lying about. The one good thing to come from the shooting though for Scott was that his own body and heart did not betray him. Although shot 3 times in the chest and after spending many weeks on the critical list, the authorities would later say “..it was very serious, nobody thought he would make it. But he just kept living and living and he finally recovered”. In his Afterword, Scott even raises the number of bullets that were pumped into his body by the assassin from three… to five. He lied again, yet he cheated death. After this, he moved in with a nice lady in Maine for about ten years. He lived clean, but later said that that felt like he was living a lie, so he went back to being a shit head.

    In his own book, Porn King, John Holmes tells a great story. But that is just it, a story. It was public knowledge via court testimony and news articles that John’s whereabouts on the night of the Wonderland murders was inside the house, with the killers. He was made to watch what they did to his friends. His attorneys admitted this much in court. Holmes admitted this to cops as well, albeit “off the record”. But when his long awaited book was published posthumously, the story had changed again. This time, he was not at the house, but kept at gunpoint at another house while his friends were brutally killed. He states that when they released him, he did go back to the Wonderland house, acting bravely, to check on them – only to discover the carnage that awaited him – “Their heads had been pulverized” and other such nonsense. Sharon Holmes statements about certain events even show that he couldn’t even keep his employment history straight – not remembering that his term as ambulance driver was “while” they were married, and not before they hooked up.

    John feared for the members of his family. All of this had been his fault and he knew it. This lie – even though it subverted justice and harmed many other people, does have a hint of real purpose behind it. In his eyes, it saved the lives of his family from the revenge of Eddie Nash. He could have come clean in his posthumous book, but there we are again, with his family exposed to danger. Even a liar loves his mother.

    For love or lust, there is nothing wrong with being emotionally or physically involved in a homosexual relationship. Next to Adam and Eve, it may even be the oldest hook-up known to mankind. Gay sex. The ancients were famous for it. But if you do it merely and solely for financial gain, then like any hetero tryst for hire, society has a word for that:  whore. Whether gay or bisexual or not at all, both John and Scott explored homosexuality in a grand public fashion, yet in a false way; because it was for their own individual financial gain. John did it in a video. Scott did it as Liberace’s always present boy-toy. And Scott told Larry King he was not gay.

    Neither man was gay or bisexual. John hinted at it, but only did one film and maybe a few old loops. Scott says he was solely with Liberace. But both men compromised their sexuality and emotions just for money and drugs. Scott did it on the long term, while John on the short, and both of their little escapades would end up in death and disaster, physically and legally.

    After John Holmes’ murder trial in 1982 and not too long after he had just been freed from jail, a morally and financially bankrupt Holmes starred in one gay porn film (The Private Pleasures of John C. Holmes) and in it, he had unprotected sex with a man named Joey Yale. Joey died of AIDS a few years later. AIDS was pretty much an unknown then, besides this was just for some quick cash.

    When Scott lied to Tom Lange and authorities about being at Nash’s house the night Holmes was brought in by the collar, it was to save his ass from going to jail for up to ten years from an aggravated assault and burglary during a home invasion. That’s three home invasions in this story so far, four if you count the robbery of the man in the Valley by Lind, Billy and Ronnie pre-Nash. That’s the one where Ronnie wanted to kill the maid, but Dave and Billy would not allow it.

    Alright, I’ll get off my soapbox.

    • localarts 9:28 am on August 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      When you are so full of shit that you don’t even know who you are and you’re life is built on a pack of lies, the result is an endless stream of contradictions. That would be the case with Holmes. Many of his fans blame his behavior and shortcomings on drug addiction and to a degree, that’s true. What defined John Holmes as a man is the same thing that defines all of us… that is our character. And in that department he was sorley lacking. Big time!

    • Jill Nelson 8:32 am on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great read, John. I can’t disagree with anything you’ve put forth except to concur that memoirs (and particularly memoirs penned or ghost-penned by the famous and infamous) are easy to pick apart for holes if you have familiarity to, or even an inkling of the (real) story. Mostly, I agree with your comments as well, localarts. The only thing I would like to add is my belief that despite genetics playing a major role in forming our characters, our characters are also largely subject to and shaped by our home environments. And yes, our characters are definitely what defines us. From the get go, Holmes, and most likely Thorson as well, was groomed to survive at all costs. This is evident throughout John’s life beginning when he was a child, and in that regard, only the surface has been scratched.
      As I’ve maintained for many years, excuse making and comprehension are perhaps different sides of the same coin. Lies, deception and hustle are necessary tools to perpetuate the con game to the point where truth becomes fiction. Self-loathing factors in big time.
      Thanks. I enjoy popping in whenever I get a chance. 🙂

    • criticextraordinaire 6:22 pm on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      John C. Holmes was not on the edge of celebrity. He was a huge celebrity in the 1970’s. I remember the local newspaper running full page ads, pitching the latest Johnny Wadd film. “Come see the Johnny Wadd Film Festival… free coffee and donuts at dawn!” ran one ad.

      Can you imagine any porn star today getting that sort of coverage? Bob Vosse was right… Johnny Wadd was the Elvis Presley of his day.

      As for John’s performance in “Private Pleasures” it was certainly a mercenary act. Anything for a buck and Johnny “Cash” Holmes was up for working that equation. Well, not really “up” for that until they brought in Sharon Kane as a stunt butt. You could clearly see that John’s mind was not into the performance, he was probably thinking about how he was going to rotate the tires on Amerson’s car while he was doing the action scenes for this flick.

      I don’t see John as having “exploited homosexuality” as much as I see him simply doing a film with a simulated homosexual act (albeit with Ms. Kane) for a buck. Heck he would have corn holed a rhesus monkey if they had paid him; to him it was simply getting a paycheck by impaling anything that was even remotely available. Thorson, on the other hand, seems to link every thing that happens to him as somehow related to his gayness.

  • John 11:39 am on July 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    1958 – Bill Vlick Roughs Up Foreign Exchange Student 

    He was allegedly defending the honor of a young lady. This occurred at the famous Garden of Allah Hotel. Vlick died a few years ago at an old folks home in Vegas. He was a peripheral character and infamous L.A. hustler in the Wonderland story. Use the blog search button to read more about this man.

    From a Van Nuys newspaper

    From a Van Nuys newspaper

  • John 12:46 pm on July 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    Launius Birthplace Revealed 

    Ron was born in Shawneetown, Ill. This is not to be confused with Old Shawneetown, which got wiped out by the Flood of 1937. Old Shawnee is still around but has a scanty population and few businesses and fewer homes. The newer Shawneetown was set up about 3 miles NW of the old river town and far enough away from the unpredictable Ohio River.


    New Shawnee sports around one-thousand folks and it is your typical small Midwestern town, a lot smaller when Ron was born there though. Today there is a quik-mart, gas station, pizza joint and one complete neighborhood of mixed-size homes and few zoning laws. It is completely surrounded by farmland.

    For it was here in May, 1944 that Ron was born. His mother was about 17 or 18, and dad was in the US Army Air Corps, probably stationed at Scott AFB or one of the others nearby or off in a foreign land. Shawneetown is where Betty grew up in Gallatin County, Ill. She lived with her mom and stepdad and had two step-brothers, no blood-siblings that I could find. They may have lived on a farm.

    After having three boys together, Betty left Arlin for a forklift operator named Marvin Bryson. She fell in love with him in the early 60’s while she was working at a hospital; he was a patient there. But they were divorced in 1967. Arlin Launius died in 1964 in an alcohol-related car accident, allegedly after drinking at the “Stockton Club” bar near Betty’s house in Stockton. It was a bar at the end of a strip mall. The old Stockton Club location is now a Latino bar. Betty lived across the street. For it was at this house in 1973 that the FBI and cops went looking for Ron after the Mexico business, when he initially fled the country amidst smuggling charges. Betty was handcuffed, roughed up, the whole nine-yards. It is no wonder Ron was the coldest person that that one cop had ever met.

    This info comes from a friend who lived near the Launius family in the late 1950s/early 60s.

    • criticextraordinaire 6:33 pm on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow this is some good research John. You are nothing if not thorough.

      I make my way into the Midwest quite often. I’ll see if I can make it into Ronnie’s home town. ‘Twood be nice if at some time in the future, something is done to commemorate Ronnie in Shawneetown.

      I would not be surprised if Ronnie had tracked down the guys who disrespected his mother and gave them a colossal ass whipping.

    • jimmy chicago 1:49 pm on August 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If Ronnie was the size of josh lucas mabe .Even billys son said that ronnie was a little shit that his father could smack him around.Ronnie is about the size of charles manson and manson had to come up with the psycho herky jerky thing in the joint swinging his arms and body around to ward off potential problems with other inmates.Holmes was bigger than ronnie and had more hand to hand combat training as a paratrooper in the army than ronnie in the air force as a supply clerk.I think Holmes was more afraid of David Lind and being cut off from the drugs. Ronnie was just a hardened junkie a scrapper not a real in your face fighter more like dont turn your back on him type thing.When I first saw wonderland I thought ronnie was a lot bigger but this blog really schooled me on ronnie and the rest of the gang

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