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  • John 11:01 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Insider Tells Us About Tracy McCourt, Post Wonderland 

    Thanks to Betty for sharing some insight into the private world of Tracy McCourt. Actually, I cannot thank you enough. I had tried to contact Joni and their daughter before, but was not able to get in touch with them for an interview.

    Here’s what Betty had to say:

    I knew Tracy very well while he attended EKU. I was a den mother of sorts to him & his college roommates. He loved to come to our house to be a part of a southern, country style family. When Tracy first spoke of his involvement in the Eddie Nash caper we thought he was really full of it only to find he was telling the truth.

    He repeatedly landed in jail in Madison County, but was always released to our amazement. I later learned it was because the LA police told Madison Co. to let him go. I guess when they arrested him here & ran his name his record came up which prompted them to contact Orange County. They eventually came to EKU pulled him out of class & offered him money & a new identity to testify in the trial against Nash.

    They flew him & wife Joni out to LA. Put them up during the trial. When it was over he got nothing they promised him. That was when the family packed up & moved to Colorado. He was always looking over his shoulder & justifiably so, He spoke rarely of the murders, it pained him deeply. He did speak of the ordeal in depth on more then one occasion. I knew the name of his daughter & have been in contact with her. We talked about the movie & I commented on the very small acclaim they gave his character. She replied w/ information that sounded so Tracy McCourt. She told me that her dad couldn’t leave (the film) well enough alone & kept buggin’ the crap out of them for more money for his part or information he could give. He called them so much that he pissed them off and cut his recognition of involvement to what we saw on the screen. So typical Tracy never being satisfied, always wanting more. Those of us who knew him here had a genuine fondness for him & his crazy ways. He could be extreme with his desire for drugs & alcohol, but I reckon’ that’s what addicts do.

    I used to take him to his grandmother’s house several counties over where I met his family on more then 1 occasion. His mother made stained glass. I saw several beautiful pieces she had made. His grandmother was wonderful!!! His brother was there as well but his name slips my memory. Last time I heard from Tracy was in ’97. He called from Colorado wanting to stop & visit on his way to Florida. He never showed. I wondered about him from time to time. It was only when I made contact w/ his daughter that I learned of his passing. She told me it was Hep C. That was no surprise to me. RIP TRACY. LOL He loved to think he looked like Huey Lewis!!!!

    Wow. Thanks again, Betty. You are Awesome!

    I read that the movie shot in like 20 days, and so no wonder James Cox ran a tight ship, did things his way, and already had his angle for the movie via David Lind, Sharon and Dawn’s version of events. That’s too bad. Tracy’s view would have helped a lot because his testimony is truthful to the Wonderland reality, the way the gang was, the personas of each person, the drugs involved, the way that the house was run. His testimony is for Holmes prelim trial is posted here on this blog. Go check it out.

    • Brandy 11:12 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is amazing John, as usual! No one, NO ONE can get the inside info like you can. I feel HORRIBLE for Tracy. Although some implied he wasn’t as bright as the rest of the Wonderland gang who went to college? Who saw the Buick watching the house & escaped with his life? WTF, why would the LAPD do that? Just because a conviction wasn’t optained? What a jackass move, way to go LAPD.

      • John 11:24 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        In the credits for the movie… via IMDB… they even list his character as some alias or other name. The character is not even listed as Tracy McCourt! He must have upset someone on the crew, prob a creative type or the director or producer.

        • John 9:58 am on December 2, 2013 Permalink

          His character is listed as Tommy Conway in the movie. They stiffed him on the credit.

      • John 1:12 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Tracy took a cab from Wonderland back to North Hollywood on the day of the robbery. I guess Ron was going to use the stolen Ford Granada as his wheels. I looked hard on the last part of the crime scene footage out in the street but could only make out that big Dodge van behind Billy’s yellow truck. No Ford Granada, but it was dark was probably parked up the street. If Ronnie picked up Susan the next day in his stolen car, then that is pretty funny. Based on news reports, she either flew down… I think that Nils said she flew down too, or other reports say she was living in Tujunga, which is about a 1 to 2 hours drive northeast of the Wonderland house location and north of Burbank and Glendale.

    • localarts 11:54 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great work John! I knew Tracy testified in Nash’s 1990 trial but this adds a whole new dimension. I bet Tracy was pissed when the DA didn’t honor their word. Tracy McCourt is perhaps the most overlooked character in this entire saga and yet he was the only one smart enough to get out of Dodge before the ensuing massacre.

    • dreamweaverjenn 1:55 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That’s awesome!

    • criticextraordinaire 5:51 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This site kicks ass. Nowhere else can you get this kind of scoop. As to Tracy getting stiffed on a Witness Protection gig… I’m guessing that he left out some details when he was on the witness stand and that caused the deal to be withdrawn. But really in the end, how valuable could his testimony have been? The robbery was already stipulated by the time the case went to trial, and Tracy could not testify anything about the murder since he was not there. I’m calling BS on Tracy saying he was promised a WPP deal and it was unreasonably reneged upon. (Not calling BS on Betty, just Tracy).

      • John 7:40 am on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The bribed juror thing really plays here…in the first mistrial. Without that, Nash may have rec’d the death penalty. The prosecution was soooo close. But Nash, again, was too teflon…and his PI’s and cohorts found a way. Bribe a poor 18 yr old black girl from south central. Total Nash!

        • localarts 9:03 am on November 20, 2013 Permalink

          Yes, that 1990 trial was a death penalty case as I recall. Eddie probably would have given that 18yo a blank check if she would have asked.

        • John 10:46 am on November 20, 2013 Permalink

          I wonder what if anything, McCourt and Lind said to each other, if they met at the Nash trial(s). I can’t picture Lind being put up at the Hotel Belmont or a fancy place. Maybe he requested the Cecil Hotel LOL!

          Julia Negron said that Lange introduced her to Susan Launius in the green room waiting area for witnesses at the Holmes trial. Susan was quiet and kept her head down. The state had Julia on call to be a possible witness at Nash’s trials but she was never contacted again. In 1981, when cops came to her hills home around the corner from Wonderland showing her pics of Holmes and asking questions, she was shocked “I remember that guy!”

    • John 7:45 am on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thorson was an eyewitness to what happened with Holmes at Nash’s that night, allegedly. Thus, he got a witness protection deal and even a name change and moved to Florida. I think the prosecution misled Tracy, and with just his mostly indirect testimony about the house and robbery, the higher ups reneged on their promise to him. They were stacking their witness list is all. I guess Tracy testified at both instances of the Nash/Diles trials. The first being the bribed juror trial, the second was the red herring trial where the defense accused Paul Kelly of the murders…and the jury bought it.

    • localarts 1:45 pm on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think McCourt cared much for Lind with the way Dave treated him so I would image very little was said. I believe the only reason they had McCourt Testify was he could put Holmes at the Wonderland house (planning of the robbery) Lind testimony corroborates the robbery itself and Thorsen’s eyewitness account of the extraction of information form Homes at Dona lola would tie everything back to Nash.

    • Mark C 6:22 pm on December 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Depend on what theory you believe in, Tracy McCourt is dead 6 foot under or Tracy is in Witness Protection Program.
      What really is sad is if Huey Lewis was sick and could not preform that night concert, Ole Tracy could of step right in his place and took over his place in the band and fooled everybody they looked so much alike and Tracy would of make all the fans happy.
      Or more than likely what really could happen, Tracy could of stayed in the Holliday Inn Express last night and in his own mind he could replace Huey Lewis and did the whole next night performance for the sick Mr. Lewis. and made everybody happy passing himself off as Huey Lewis.
      I read that about this subject and what his Den Mother @ EKU said about Tracy .That will most likely be stuck in my mind for rest of my life.
      Ole Den mother came up with a very good real true life Tracy McCourt quote on that one.

  • John 12:59 pm on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Need Help For Wonderland Author Rodger Jacobs 

    Dear Readers,

    Rodger is a Wonderland legend. He has hit on some hard times with some medical issues, etc. Please help if you can. I sent him some cash too. Rodger has visited the blog before and posted messages here. Much of what he writes about for Wonderland has been backed up by the Nils Grevillius interview that I did.

    From Rodger’s blog:

    As my psoriatic arthropathy continues to advance, with pain worsening now that I’m off the oxycodone, it has become increasingly clear over the last couple of months that my years of longhand scribbling are pretty much over. I can barely hold a pen any longer except to sign my name on a credit card receipt or bank draft (and that has always been an impossible-to-duplicate scrawl anyway that bears no relationship to cursive or neat script).

    Somehow I need to get another laptop (not a Mac) or a typewriter, though the latter could get too expensive what with ribbon cartridges. My only other option is to quit writing altogether and apply for a change in my disability status to permanent.

    Please PayPal a few bucks to Rodger if you can to:  rodger_jacobs@yahoo.com

    I would also like to thank Rodger for providing the John Holmes preliminary court trial testimony in his book, Long Time Money And Lots Of Cocaine.

    Rodger even has a Wikipedia page.

    Here’s his blog- http://rodgerjacobsonline.wordpress.com

    I think that Rodger is talking about us here, heh-heh!

    “A large segment of the population continues to be fascinated by the Wonderland murders. It’s not only an unsolved mystery, it’s a quintessential L.A. story of the 80s: drugs, sex, excess, night clubs, gangsters, and porn stars”

    –Rodger Jacobs

    Thanks to steel for making me aware of Rodger’s problem.

    Thanks Everyone~

    • Bonnie Brae 3:38 pm on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I just bought his Tunafish Sandwich book which is fantastic.

      • Bonnie Brae 3:46 pm on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hearing about his health issues makes me sad. I hope it turns around.

      • John 8:41 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I like the part about the Reagan Secret Service guy looking into Rodger’s sack of beer, as the motorcade is about to cruise by…

    • localarts 6:31 pm on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I bet he doesn’t have health insurance either. I will be more than happy to chip in. It wasn’t that long ago that I questioned Rodger Jacobs credibility with respect to Ron Launius, for that I apologize. With that said, I still have trouble getting my mind around the number of murders he was suspected in.

      Long Time Money is fantastic and a must have for anyone interested in the Wonderland Murders.

      Get well soon Rodger.

    • criticextraordinaire 6:57 pm on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Good post, John. I sent some shekels Rodger’s way.

      • kdimmick 7:39 pm on November 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        For those who don’t know, Rodger was the one who conducted all the interviews seen in the movie “WADD” for film maker Cas Paley. While all the WONDERLAND/John Holmes shenanigans are not his primary interest, he is VERY knowlegeble about the whole thing.

    • John 1:05 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Rodger is very thankful and can now go take care of some things like seeing the doctor, taking care of household stuff, etc. Thanks you guys.

    • dreamweaverjenn 1:59 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Will definitely see what I can do. I can relate to his chronic health issues and I can totally relate. Poor man. Keeping him in my prayers❤

    • Rodger Jacobs 6:13 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      John, thank you and your delightful readers very much from the bottom of my heart. And God bless the folks who purchased and enjoyed “Tuna Fish”, the book still manages to sell a couple of copies every month or so. It’s rather ironic that with the amount of self-publishing I did (back in the day before it became as popular as it is now and still had certain stigmas attached to it) my first work published by an established publisher, “The Furthest Palm”, has basically bombed. That book is from the very popular Trace Stories I wrote for the original 8763 Wonderland website that ended up on the syllabus of a University of Maryland course titled “Literature in a Wired World.”

      But I digress. Thanks to you and CE (from the old IMDB Wonderland board) and a couple others I have made an appointment with a new doc for this Thursday to get many of my RX meds refilled. Any and all contributions are most graciously accepted. Bless you and the nice crew you have here. I’ll make a point of stopping by more often.

    • Rodger Jacobs 6:20 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Rodger Jacobs Online.

  • John 10:42 am on November 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tonight! Scott Thorson On “Where Are They Now?” 

    Scott’s eyeliner is annoying, but he will be on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), tonight at 10pm Eastern. The show is called “Where Are They Now?“.

    On Christmas Day in 1986, renowned pianist Liberace went on The Oprah Winfrey Show and opened up about his lavish lifestyle and palimony lawsuit. Just weeks after that show, he passed away at age 67. Now, the man who filed that lawsuit, Liberace’s ex-lover Scott Thorson, shares how he felt after seeing that final television appearance. Scott also opens up about the extravagant mink coats, diamond rings and good times he shared with the music icon.

    You can read everything on this blog about Thorson’s Wonderland connection via this link.

    • Brandy 10:50 am on November 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I saw that same commercial last night. Already have it set to record on DVR. Thanks John!!

      • John 8:19 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, that was an interesting show. Although his appearance on Howard Stern a while back was 45 mins too long, LOL. That entire show is on YouTube somewhere.

    • dreamweaverjenn 2:00 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhhh! I wish I could have seen this!!! Please let me know if you hear of it coming on again.❤

  • John 11:21 am on November 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Pop Art: The Olivia Newton John Holmes 

    Probably the greatest picture you will ever see. Besides the “Lil Kim Jong Ill”.

    ‘Pop Hybrid’ image of Olivia Newton John and John Holmes.

    Resin Coated Lightjet Metallic Print. Mounted on 6mm Sintra. 36 x 36″. 2009.

    Artist: Troy Gua

    I’m sure you can still buy it, drop Troy a note…

    Check out his other work… I like the Pope John Paul Stanley… and the Ronald McReagan! Don’t forget the Elton John Wayne.

    I am seeing the Holmes… but not the Olivia Newton… I guess you have to stare at it for a while.


    • criticextraordinaire 5:49 pm on November 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      If only Olivia had done a movie with John Holmes. Would have been an awesome flick…

    • janets62 9:06 pm on December 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Try looking to the right of the pic. That’s the only way I can see her.

  • John 6:05 am on November 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Part 3 – The Final Chapter For Dominic Fragomeli @ Nash’s 

    Start reading the previous chapters about Dom here. RIP Dom.

    From Lee @ Starwood. The Final Chapter of Dominic Fragomeli’s Demise:

    Hey, Hope all is well. Amazing how much stuff starts to come back when you start writing it. I do Know what Dom was doing just prior to his death. They put up on the Starwood marquee: “Starwood Studios, Showcase, Performance,  For Rental.”  And Dom was supposed to (I guess he did) Run it. I remember that Missing Persons played at the KROQ Christmas party held there that year. It was a great show. Dale Bozzio wore almost nothing but a bra that was 2 square boxes. Tony Miguel took some great pictures of that show. Have any luck finding him? Tony and I later cleaned up Ed’s after the 2nd raid. But there wasn’t much going on there (at Starwood Studios). People were living there and I really thought it would probably burn down for insurance or something. It WAS an awful firetrap. And people living there who use drugs? Anytime it could have happened. On purpose or not.

    Now Gary Fontenot was put in charge of renovating the ” Seven Sea’s” Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Right across the Blvd. from the Chinese theatre . The famous one with the footprints. The 7 Sea’s was a Polynesian restaurant that Ed owned. No-one ever ate there and it was the greatest location in the world. They had a cute little trick of bringing you a big blue drink with Dry ice in it which looked like a big blue volcano. But that was the only trick it had really.  So Ed wanted to turn it into a disco. Even in trouble and drug addicted, no one EVER said Ed Nash was stupid.

    The Seven Sea’s as a disco was Hugely Popular. I helped do some of the Renovation work there. Dave ( DeMarco?) from Guitar Center did the sound system. Stand in front of those stacks and it’d blow your hair straight back. Eventually that’s what did it in. The city said it was shaking the building down and it had to close. When I went there I was treated as a total V.I.P! Bout time Id gotten a little respect. To this day when I hear the Flock of seagulls or Soft-cell Or the Motels. Romeo-void.  I think of the Seven Sea’s. I think Dom was a goner before it even opened though. It took several months plus a few more to get it going. I don’t recall who actually Ran the place. I think Hal Glickman might have for a little bit. Before he ran the Kit-Klap. (Pun intended.)

    When Dominic was found dead in a smaller bedroom off the west hallway it was by Desi, His G/f. Who had been sleeping right next to him the whole time. She told me that She reached over to shake him awake ’cause it was morning and he was cold as ice. She jumped up and looked at him and he was on his stomach. Facing away from her. With whats called: “Marked Lividly”. See his corpse was horizontal with a line of demarcation running horizontal down his side. She said the bottom 1/2 was dark blue. And the top 1/2 where the blood had drained totally down,,,,    Was Ivory White. Not uncommon I understand. So he had been dead for several hours. He was overweight and drank and took drugs and never looked REAL healthy. Not for L.A.  Or anywhere. But it was still a surprise. I can’t understand why Ed didn’t KNOW that the pigs were going to come? Maybe he was that much out of it? And Come the Pigs Did! I can’t recall how much time was between the 2 events but it was close enough that when I heard ED got raided again, My first thought was that it was because of Dom Kacking Down the hall there.

    Does Any of this help you in Your research. Your Blog is incredibly thorough and well researched. Hope My story helps fill in some blanks. Give me a couple of days and I’ll tell you what Ed’s house was like after the raid. I and Tony Miguel were the 1st people there after the pigs hauled off everyone who was there after all. And the Wonders we saw! And we kept EVERYONE else who wanted to come in OUT! And More than a couple of Vultures, Smelling rank meat, Came to that house. And were very dissappointed. That it was in our hands already. Oh And I can prove Scott Thorson a liar when he says the things he says.   Cool?  Talk at you soon.

  • John 12:46 pm on November 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bobby Fuller, P.J.’s & The Starwood Club – A Photo Gallery 

    Before it was the Starwood Club, the place was called “P.J.’s”. It was owned by Dominic Lucci and Eddie Nash. 60’s rocker, Bobby Fuller, played at P.J.’s and was no stranger to Eddie Nash. Thus, the circumstances surrounding Bobby’s death and rumors about Fuller being murdered by a jealous Eddie Nash or Dominic Lucci, over a woman, are not entirely unbelievable or unfounded. In the past, I made a blog post about Bobby’s murder here.

    • Gayle 9:13 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I always thought the murder of Bobby Fuller was interesting. Any murder of a cute musician is intriguing. Nice photo collage, John.

  • John 11:58 am on November 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Weiss Family Tragedy 

    I blogged about the murder of sports agent Vic Weiss in the past, and there was even a loose Ron Launius/Horace McKenna connection. Nil Grevillius and I even spoke about the case in our interview. The sad part about this tragedy is that deaths in the Weiss family did not stop with Vic. His son, Wolf, would die as a contractor working in Iraq in 2004. Vic’s old widow, Rose, would be murdered at age 69, by their troubled daughter, Lauren, in 2008. Author Michael Connelly is also quoted below. Connelly once investigated and wrote about the Vic Weiss murder.

    Vic’s son, Wolf, certainly led an interesting life. At a young age, the former Marine swore revenge in finding his dad’s killer(s). I guess that’s why he joined the Marines in the first place, so that he could be a bad ass dude. He was also in a heavy metal rock band. You can sample his music here. Wolf even does a cover of Cliff Richard’s “Devil Woman”. Ugh. Play at your own risk!

    Lauren would be judged insane and end up in the nut house. At the time of the murder, she was a transient, only occasionally allowed to stay at her mother’s home. When captured after the murder, she was attempting to split town via the train station. I think she had two kids.

    Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell relied on court documents and mental health reports that detailed abandonment, sexual molestation, the death of a brother in Iraq, her husband’s suicide and placement in numerous health facilities.

    Donahue killed 69-year-old Rose Weiss in a bathroom in 2008 before dragging her body to the backyard to hide it in thick shrubbery.

    Daughter Held In Fatal Stabbing Of Simi Woman | Feb 7, 2008 | Ventura County Star

    A 41-year-old woman was booked Wednesday into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of fatally stabbing her mother in Simi Valley, authorities said.

    Police found the body of Rose Weiss, 69, at her home in the 5300 block of Diane Street at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday after responding to a call asking them to check on her. Sgt. Adam Darough, a spokesman for Simi Valley police, would not say who called police.

    Darough said Weiss was stabbed multiple times.

    She had likely been dead for several hours by the time police arrived, said Craig Stevens, a senior deputy medical examiner.

    Police later arrested Weiss’ daughter, Lauren Donahue, in Santa Clarita. Darough would not offer any details on Donahue’s arrest or what led police to her.

    Police did say they learned Donahue "may have boarded a train in the San Fernando Valley," and they later found her at the Santa Clarita train station. Donahue was being held in jail in lieu of $515,000 bail.

    Donahue was listed as a transient by police. Police would not say if Weiss lived with anyone at the home.

    Court records show Donahue was convicted in 2007 of felony possession of a controlled substance.

    Detectives on Wednesday had not yet determined a possible motive for Weiss’ killing, authorities said.

    Neighbor Mike Seguin said the street was normally quiet, except for periodic police visits to the Weiss house. "It didn’t happen every week, but it happened often enough," he said.

    Darough confirmed police had responded to the home numerous times but would not say why.

    Seguin said he would sometimes see Donahue in front of her mother’s home or nearby, and she always seemed to want to be left alone. "If she saw someone coming her way, she would go to the other side of the street," Seguin said.

    Seguin said he didn’t see Weiss as often, “but she seemed like a nice, quiet person”.

    According to Social Security and Internet database records, Weiss was married to Victor Weiss, a well-known sports promoter found slain in North Hollywood in 1979. Simi Valley police, however, would not confirm the relationship, and other family members could not be reached Wednesday.

    Best-selling author Michael Connelly, who wrote an article about the 1979 killing for the Los Angeles Times a decade later, called the unsolved crime “one of the longer-lasting mysteries of Los Angeles”.

    Victor Weiss was reported missing by his wife, Rose. He was found dead three days later, stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls-Royce with two gunshot wounds to his head. Los Angeles police suspected Weiss was killed by mobsters because he had accumulated sports-betting debts and was skimming laundered money, Connelly wrote. Connelly’s novel, "Trunk Music," is based on Weiss’ killing.

    Victor’s son, Wolf Weiss, was killed in 2004 in Iraq, where he was working for a private security firm, according to neighbors in Simi Valley and published reports.

    Wolf Weiss, 36, told Rolling Stone magazine in 2004 that he had joined the Marines at 18 partly because he wanted to hunt down his father’s killers. His mother eventually talked him out of revenge. He became a mercenary after a career as a rock musician.

    After hearing about Rose Weiss’ killing, Connelly said Wednesday that the tragedy was one more strange twist in a saga that has stuck with him. “It’s a pretty surprising story”, said Connelly, who now lives in Florida.

    • david woodard 9:28 pm on June 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I was wolfs best friend from 2004 till he died, I was woody and he did tattoos in my room all the time, I spent new years 200 with him and kit in vegas, pleze contact me at my email, I have stories, thanks and if u talk to kit tell her im srry

    • david woodard 9:47 pm on June 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have proof he was my brother with a tattoo he gave me with a skull and crossbones that he signed on all the bones, tyvm for opening this back up, I was the one who brought the party bus to the roxie when he played there, I wanna be part of his legacy, we spent many times alone and I miss him soo much, thanks for remembering him

    • Jarrett 2:48 am on November 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Please contact me regarding film project.

      Jarrett Galante

  • John 10:11 am on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hollywood Murders & Scandals: The Master List 

    This is a huge list that someone put together featuring locations and addresses of many famous L.A., Hollywood crimes, alleged hauntings and other scandals. The park bathroom where George Michael was busted has a nickname “The George Michael Performing Arts Center”. Ha!


    First of all, you will need a jumping-off point– NOT the Hollywood sign!– (sorry, couldn’t resist), that is, a centrally-located hotel. If you want to go wild, stay at the Chateau Marmont– where John Belushi checked in and never checked out. I would strongly suggest staying in Beverly Hills or on Sunset in West Hollywood. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has a lot of history (and, it seems, ghosts), so that’s a great choice in that town.

    The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, I believe, will give you a high hit ratio vis-à-vis Hollywood celebrity stiffs. The cemetery in Westwood where you find Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood is hard to find (behind the Avco Cinema on Wilshire), but you’ll see some notable names there on the crypts.

    I don’t know about the tours themselves, since I live outside of LA and just go places when I feel like it. I would have loved the Graveline Tour, but…. Oh well.

    I have made a pit stop in the very Beverly Hills park bathroom George Michael got busted in (which I now call the George Michael Performing Arts Center), so there you have my moment of scandal-mongering. What other moments of Bad Star Behavior will you be looking into? A pilgrimage to the Viper Room (where poor River Phoenix OD’d) is always in order.

    • Is there a monument or at least a plaque to mark the place where Hugh Grant got caught?

    • Faina: I don’t think so…. But if you want to see where it went down (so to speak), start by going to Sunset and Courtney in Hollywood, where Mr. Grant picked up Ms. Divine Brown. Then, head to Hawthorn and Carson (a few blocks east, I think), where the pair were busted mid-transaction. A Norman Rockwell moment, I bet.

    • I have a book that I picked up some years ago called Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, which gave good descriptions of the places in his books and in the movies that followed — many of the buildings still exist, and if you’re in to Chandler, it would be a fun place to start.

    • Check out this web site for lots of info on Hollywood and Los Angeles. It has most of the celebrity grave sites, star homes, etc. Very comprehensive.



    • Definitely go to the Hollywood Forever cemetery. They even have a map with famous stars’ graves. Even better, they’ve just started screening old movies outdoors there on the weekend! We haven’t gone yet, but I hear it’s graet. You can check to see what movies will be playing at http://cinespia.org/index.html

    • Hollywood Forever is a good choice. The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel is supposedly haunted by Marilyn Monroe? Montgormery Clift? somebody on this board willknow.Chateau Marmont ( John Belushi suicide various other scandals) is worth a look. I have a list of murders etc somewhere. When I find it, I’ll repost.
      If you want an architectural tour , the Los Angeles Conservancy operates a tour of the grand ( and they are) movie palaces of downtown. Their tours are very good. They have a website with the times and tours. Have fun.

    • The Oscar for Hollywood crime scenes goes to 404-B South Alvarado, as the location of the first big Hollywood crime. As notorious in its day as any other crime scene, even as history fades our memories, this location must hold a special place in our crime-scandal ridden hearts.
      At the northeast corner of Alvarado & Maryland in Los Angeles, it was the location of the 1922 death of Paramount film director William Desmond Taylor. The first big crime to dominate the headlines of the period ? the birth of Hollywood ? the birth of Hollywood crime. The list of suspects included many showbiz figures, including silent film actress Mabel Normand (Mack Sennett’s leading lady).
      The case was never solved. Therefore, no appeal was ever filed.1. The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, no pun intended, as she was cut in half, was found at 3925 S. Norton Avenue (just south of 39th Street) ? unsolved ? no appeal. Short lived at 1851 Ivar Street, Alto Nido Aparments.2. Bugsy Siegel – murder victim (for once) – 810 Linden Drive, Beverly Hills

      3. The Glove Don?t Fit?

      3A. OJ Simpson residence 360 N. Rockingham.

      3B. Nicole Simpson residence and murder scene – 3875 Bundy.

      3C. Mezzaluna Restaurant where Ronald Goldman worked – 11750 San Vicente Blvd Brentwood

      4. Lana Turner’s 14-year-old daughter (Cheryl Crane) stabbed Lana?s lover, mobster Johnny Stompanato, to death – 730 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, Good Friday 1958.

      5 Haing Ngor, Oscar winner, Killing Fields, ironically, murder scene 945 Beaudry Avenue

      6. Enis Cosby murder scene, The Skirball Center Drive exit to the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway

      7. Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace) murder scene 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum,

      8. Sam Cooke murder scene 9137 S. Figueroa Street – site of the former Hacienda Motel (now the Star Motel)

      9. Marilyn Monroe death scene 12305 Fifth Helena Drive ? technically not a crime, unless you are conspiratorially inclined

      10. Robert F. Kennedy murder scene The Ambassador Hotel 3400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

      11. I Love You, Charlie

      11A. Sharon Tate (and others) Murder scene 10050 Cielo Drive (now changed to 10066), Beverly Hills. Former residence of Cary Grant and Henry Fonda

      11B. Residence of Charles Manson and family – the Spahn Movie Ranch, Santa Susana Pass Road west of Topanga Canyon Road, Chatsworth, CA. Interesting historical not e: Years before, Tom Mix movie Westerns were shot there.

      11C. La Bianca (other Manson murder victims) house 3267 Waverly Drive

      12. Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin – 7047 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood previously the Landmark Motor Hotel (now called the Highland Gardens Hotel), room 105

      13. John Belushi overdose 8221 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood: the Chateau Marmont hotel, Bungalow #2

      14. Marvin Gaye murder scene – 2101 S. Gramercy Place, Los Angeles: the family home where singer Marvin Gaye

      15. Centerfold Dorothy Stratten murder scene – 10881 Clarkson Road, West Los Angeles, by her husband after he learned of her relationship with director Peter Bogdanovich

      16. Patty Hearst captured – 11425 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood: former site of Mel’s Sporting Goods store

      16A. Six SLA members die in shoot out. 54th Street 1466 E (near Compton Ave.), Los Angeles May 17, 1974

      17. Lyle & Erik Menendez family home and murder scene parti/matricide – 722 N. Elm Drive, Beverly Hills

      18. Sal Mineo (“Rebel Without a Cause”) murder scene – 8563 Holloway Drive

      19. Hugh Grant arrested for solicitation for prostitution Sunset Boulevard & Courtney Avenue

      20. George Michael (formerly of Wham!) arrested for performing a lewd act (while alone) – Will Rogers Memorial Park, at 9650 Sunset Blvd., in Beverly Hills

      21. Oliver Stone arrested for drunk driving and felony possession of hashish – the 2200 block of Benedict Canyon Drive, in Beverly Hills

      22. Robert Downey Jr, arrested (one of the times) for drugs 29169 Heathercliff Road, Malibu

      23. Christian Slater assault & battery at 10445 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles: the L’Elysee condominium

      24. Tommy Lee (of Mötley Crüe) battery 8852 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, the Viper Room

      25. Zsa Zsa Gabor battery on a Beverly Hills Police officer – the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Le Doux Road (the 8500 block of Olympic), one block west of La Cienega Boulevard, on the outskirts of Beverly Hills (on the west side of La Cienega Park and the Academy Library) June 29 of 1989

      26. Michael Jackson?s residence, lewd act on a minor – 4641 Havenhurst Avenue, Encino

      27. Jack Nicholson assault and battery, when he jumps out of his car and attacks motorist Robert Blank’s Mercedes-Benz with a golf club – the corner of Riverside Drive & Moorpark Street in Studio City (near the Lakeside Golf Course.)

      28. Winona Rider shoplifting ? Saks Fifth Avenue 9600 Wilshire Boulevard
      Beverly Hills

      29. Halle Berry felony hit and run – intersection of Sunset Blvd & Doheny Drive
      ? probation, $14,000 in fines, 200 hours of community service.

      30. Dudley Moore domestic violence scene 5505 Ocean Front Walk, Venice

      31. Richard Pryor drugs (setting himself of fire ? ooops) 17267 Parthenia Street (west of Hayvenhurst), Northridge

      32. Roman Polanski lewd act on a minor 12850 Mulholland Drive.

      33. Cotton Club murders

      33A Shooting and body dump Coswell Canyon, northwest corner of Los Angeles County

      33B Kidnap at Sunset near La Cienega

      34. Stephanie Kuhen murder (baby in the ?Wrong Way Alley Case) the alley next to Bank Street Highland Park,

      35. Robert Blake murder scene. ? here

      36. River Phoenix ? drug overdose- 8852 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, the Viper Room

      37. Phil Hartman residence where he was shot to death in his sleep by his wife, Brynn, 5065 Encino Avenue.

      38. Marlon Brando’s house – where his son, Christian Brando, shot and killed his half-sister’s lover, Dag Drollet 12900 Mulholland Drive.

      39. Director Quentin Tarantino assault on co-producer Don Murphy – 8478 Melrose Ave.

      40. Gary Coleman misdemeanor assault & battery charges 13248 Hawthorne Blvd.

      41. Freddie Prinze suicide 865 Comstock Avenue.

      42. George Reeves suicide 1579 Benedict Canyon Drive. Family suspects murder

      43. Offices of Philip Marlowe the Cahuenga Building, downtown Los Angeles.

      44. Murder of Dominique Dunne, actress, the older sister, ?Dana?, in the “Poltergeist.” – 8723 Rangely Ave.

      45. Jack Nance, Eraserhead star, muttered something nasty to a couple of gangbangers outside the Winchell?s Donuts at 438 S. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, and got hit on the head, causing him to fall down and hit his head on the concrete. Walked home to 505 S. Fair Oaks. Died the next day of a subdural hemotoma caused by blunt force trauma. Ruled a homicide. Never solved. No appeal.

      46. Lenny Bruce?s home where he died from an overdose of drugs – 8825 W. Hollywood Boulevard, West Hollywood.

      47. Death site of Thelma Todd – 17531 Posetano Road, Pacific Palisades:, on Dec. 16, 1935. “Horse Feathers,” “Monkey Business. She was found dead in her car, still parked in the garage above the café she owned. It was ruled an accidental suicide, yet the bloody scene suggested a murder, and many people suspected a cover-up of a gangland slaying.

      48. Race car guru Mickey Thompson and is wife Trudy. Gunned down in the driveway of their home at 53 Woodlyn Lane, Bradbury Estates. Thompson?s business partner Micheal Goodwin (no relation) was prime suspect, but never arrested. No appeal.

      49. Wonderalnd Murders ? 8763 Wonderland Avenue, Los Angeles. Quadruple homicide of Ronald Lanius, Joy Audrey Miller, Willeam Deveral, and Barbara Lee Richardson. The home was owned by porn star John Holmes who was very short, only being 14 inches. Eddie Nash, nightclub owner and Holmes?s connection was suspect. First jury deadlocks ? second acquits. No appeal.

      50. Natalie Wood ? Blue Cavern Point, Catalina ? drowned. Another murder for conspiracy nuts.

      51. Rodney King.

      51A King gets beaten across the street from the Mountainback Apartments, 11777 Foothill Boulevard, Lake View Terrace.

      51B Riot (or civil disobedience center for the politically correct) epicenter at 1400 W. Florence Avenue and Corner of 7100 S. Normandie Avenue, South Central Los Angeles.

      52. Greystone, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, mansion and murder location of Edward Doheny, Jr. oil developer involved in the Teapot Dome Scandal.


      53. Richard Ramirez ? Night Stalker

      53A Downtown hotels where he stayed: Hotel Rosslyn – 112 W. Fifth Street, Frontier Hotel ? 111 W. Fifth Street, Cecil Hotel 640 S. Main Street, and the Hotel Huntingon 725 S. Main Street.

      53B Residence of victim 2: Jennie Vincow ? 3330 Champman Street, #2, Glassell Park

      53C Spotted at 819 S. Towne Avenue, and chase begins leading to his arrest, chased to, and caught at 3737 E. Hubbard Street by a group of citizens who beat him up. Crowd not charged with assault.

      54. Angelo Buono (No relation to Sonny) Hillside Strangler.

      54A. Residences and business
      Childhood home ? 3113 LaClede Avenue, Glendale
      Buono?s auto shop ? 703 E. Colorado Street, Glendale
      Apartment ? 809 E. Garfiled Avenue, Glendale

      54B Dump sites of some victims:
      6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Burbank ? Yolanda Washington
      2844 Alta Terrace Drive ? Judith Miller
      3067 E. Chevy Chase Drive ? Lissa Kastin
      4100 N. Ranons Aven ? Kristina Weckler
      Los Feliz exit, westbound of Interstate 5 ? Jane King
      1500 Landa Street (currently 1600) Dolores Cepeda and Sonja Johnson

      54C Kenneth Bianci?s (co-defendant) apartment, Tamirand Apartment, 1950 Tamirand Avenue.

      55. Freeway Killer William Bonin, murder of 14 teenage boys, sexually assaulting them and dumping their bodies along the freeways:
      Bonin?s residence ? 10282 Angel Street, Downey
      Bonin?s arrest ? 5101 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood

      56. Robert Diaz, Jr. ?Grim Reaper? nurse convicted of killing 12 patients (charged with 27) ? 2224 Medical Center Drive, Perris.

      57. 1428 Genesse Street, used as 1428 Elm Street in ?Nightmare of Elm Street? movie with Freddie Krueger.

      (i.e. the most recent)

      58. Phil Spector arrested for murder of B actress Lana Clarkson, preliminary hearing not set, neighbor hears three shots, ?boom, boom, boom.? Goodbye Accident Defense ? in Alhambra, near intersection of Grandview and Valley, 1700 block of S. Grandview, look for ?turreted mansion.?

      ?Le legendary producing Phil Spector (62 years), which revolutionized the pop one at the beginning of the Sixties by creating famous “the Wall of Sound” (“wall of the sound”), was stopped for murder, Monday, in its property of Los Angeles, before being accused then slackened against a guarantee of a million of dollars.?

      59. Finally, for criminal appellate defense attorneys, honorable mention goes to The Sleepy Lagoon Murder. Jose Dias?s body was body found at 5500 Slauson Boulevard, formerly a reservoir. Press hysteria and bigotry led to the arrest of 300 Mexican American youths and one of the most corrupt trials in Los Angeles history, ending in the conviction of 17 defendants, 12 of whom were convicted for murder. The Court of Appeals overturned the convictions as a miscarriage of justice. (People v. Zammora (1944) 66 Cal.App.2d 166.) The precursor of the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, and the inspiration for the play Zoot Suit, the Sleepy Lagoon ca se is one of the most important events in the social history of Los Angeles, and therefore one of the most important criminal appeals in California.


      For your holiday shopping needs visit ?Skeletons in the Closet,? the gift shop in the Coroner?s office, 1102 N. Mission Road. Toe tags, beach blankets with chalk outlines of bodies, and other merry items.

      And don?t forget to visit the Museum of Death 6340 Hollywood Blvd.

  • John 9:53 am on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nostalgic Disco Site Has Rare "Club Odyssey" Photos 

    For more info, photos and entertaining stories from club goers and employees go to the site.

    FYI – There is a Chris Cox sighting below.  He’s a semi-famous nightclub guy who knew Eddie Nash back in those days. Chris is also quoted in a few of the classic articles over the years regarding Wonderland, Thorson, Holmes and Ed Nash. It’s been said that Cox introduced Holmes to Nash. I hope to interview Chris soon.

    The Back-story For Today’s Image Gallery:

    These photos were taken at a 1979 gay pride parade. Club Odyssey had their own float.

    Ron Howard filmed a scene for his early 80’s movie, Night Shift, at Club Odyssey. It starred Henry Winkler (below) and Michael Keaton. A cult classic.

    Go to the DiscoMusic Odyssey page for more pics, great stories and remembrances of club-goers and insiders.

  • John 3:22 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hovsep Mikaelian Is A Free Man 

    Joe MacLean, aka Hovsep Mikaelian, is now a free man. Between his trips to Vegas and Armenia, however, he works selling used cars, which is probably a front for his parole and court obligations to get a paycheck. I doubt he’s allowed to work in bars, casinos, entertainment, scams, etc., unless it’s secret. And to spite the court, I read that he is only making $50 monthly payments towards his fine. $50 is the minimum, according to an article about Joe’s release. His slimy lawyer claims that Joe has no income. On the eve of his arrest, he transferred “six figures” to an overseas bank, according to the Justice Dept.

    Joe served hard time for this RICO stuff though, and was only released a few years ago. Shit man, he hated jail, look at the quotes below to see how much he hated it. He was scrambling to win that appeal, but in cry-baby ways. If Joe was indeed involved in Wonderland, as the witness stated to the Grand Jury, then he served the most time of them all. Like 14 years. Diles and Nash served maybe 3 to 5 years each at best for their other crimes and L.A. county jail time shenanigans.

    I guess that “Joe MacLean” had been in jail about 3-4 years by this point after his 1995 arrest for racketeering and tax fraud, among other charges …. and wow, this guy is a real a piece of work, his own sister-in-law turned on him:

    In August 1996, Mikaelian’s sister-in-law, a designated paralegal for Mikaelian, called Stephen Larson, the Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) in Mikaelian’s case, and made an appointment to meet with him. AUSA Larson and the paralegal met the next day. AUSA Larson immediately called defense counsel after the meeting, and followed up with a letter. The letter stated that the paralegal told AUSA Larson that she had just met with Mikaelian in jail, and that Mikaelian wanted her to claim (1) she was having an affair with AUSA Larson, (2) Mikaelian’s counsel was a “double agent” for the government, (3) Mikaelian had been under the influence of drugs when he signed the plea agreement, (4) Mikaelian had never read the plea agreement, and (5) Mikaelian’s counsel had never explained the agreement to him. The paralegal wanted to be relieved of her position.

    Later on, this happens:

    Mikaelian has filed to allege that the heroin he distributed was of such low purity that it took his case outside the “heartland” of the applicable Guideline. Although he characterizes four percent heroin as “very impure” or “junk” heroin, he presented no evidence that heroin of four percent purity is unusually impure, nor did he even indicate that the expert witness he requested would so testify.

    Mikaelian’s 4% grade heroin was just above the lowest street level purity: 2%. The court ruled that street level purity is generally 2 to 10%.

    And the best part:

    The district court declined to exercise its discretion to depart downward based on Mikaelian’s mental condition, including his severe headaches. Such a discretionary refusal to depart is not reviewable on appeal.

    And he has only paid a few hundred dollars, claiming he has no income or assets:

    Mikaelian contends it was an abuse of discretion to order him to pay restitution, jointly and severally with his codefendants, in the amount of $2,435,280.

    US v. Mikaelian, 1999. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    • localarts 6:42 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Poor pitiful Joe. At 50 bucks a month he’ll be debt free in the year 6087. He should order “Used Cars” from Netflix staring Kut Russell. He might learn something or pick up some ideas.

      • John 3:40 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Used Cars is the greatest. I was at the pub just talking about it a few months ago. “You can’t fuck with the President!” … “why not? He fucks with us”

    • localarts 9:53 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, it’s aclassic no doubt

    • Dave 8:25 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      *LOL* I’ve met Steve Larson a few times and am friends with a longtime friend of his. From everything I can tell, Larson is a straightforward and honest person — basically the exact opposite of Mikaelian. The fact that Mikaelian was apparently trying to persuade his sister-in-law to claim she was having an affair with Larson would be laughable if it weren’t so pathetic.

    • GARY 3:38 pm on December 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply


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