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  • John 10:04 am on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A Page From Al Goldstein's Playboy Article On Holmes 

    Al Goldstein interviewed Holmes about seven years prior to seeing him at the county lock-up when he was charged with murder. It was a shock for him to now see the allegedly once-thriving and successful Holmes now suited in the county orange. Here’s a sample from that Playboy article, written by Goldstein. I read Goldstein’s memoir also, and he was a pretty good writer. He constantly makes fun of himself, and you gotta love that.

    Thanks to a viewer of this blog for sending this entire article to me. Cheers~

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    • localarts 3:23 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article. John, I noticed you’re approaching 1 million hits!!

  • John 9:51 am on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Transition Of PJ’s (1972) 

    Just as Nash knew to cater to the kids in 1987 – turning the Seven Seas into Club Hollywood, just in time to catch the dance club-ecstasy chomping-teeth grinding craze, in 1972 the Nash knew things were changing as well. The sixties were over, and so the groovy sixties version of PJs had to change. But it did not immediately become the rock palace known as the Starwood. There were some bumps in the road, including a Vegas-style strip show with “not enough tease in their strip.”

    From January 1, 1972.

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    • jimmy 2:09 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I would work for Eddie , not breaking heads but with all the clubs and liquor licenses he had one could probably move up in the ranks pretty quick if loyal and ambicious

      • John 11:36 am on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ed always rewarded loyal employees. He might even vouch for someone and testify during the sentencing phase, so a former employee might avoid the death penalty for capital murder, like he did for Linell Dumas, who killed a cop’s mother during a robbery.

  • John 2:22 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Eddie’s Rag Doll Supper Club 

    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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  • John 11:28 am on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Eddie & Greg Arrested – 1988 (New Article) 

    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.

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    • jimmy 1:49 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Finally a rare pic of Susan. Do you have any more

      • John 3:45 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        A few more. She is re-married and enjoying the golden years. That photo above is from Holmes’ preliminary trial in Feb of 1982. After a few months in the hospital due to the attack, she rehabbed in LA at a place to help get her back on her feet.

        • criticextraordinaire 7:14 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink

          Her new husband would certainly have big shoes to fill. Hard to compete with larger-than-life Ronnie. On the other hand, his activities likely would not require having to rescue her from kidnappers in México either.

    • jimmy 7:54 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sure the bar for her hubby requirements was raised a little higher after the wonderland incident .I could be wrong but I would guess she was rethinking the whole Ronnie thing ,were not talking Josh Lucas here were talking bad news junkie . They were estranged a the beginning of wonderland probably because of Mexico if that ever happened and she tries to work it out with him at wonderland and ends up getting her brains bashed in and looses a finger.Hopefully she found someone who could take care of her but you never know .

      • criticextraordinaire 8:11 pm on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Oh the México thing definitely happened. It was classic Ronnie, getting the job done. It’s just too bad that Johnny talked him into the Nash job. Ronnie should have worked WITH The Nash instead of robbing him. They would have been an unbeatable combination of savvy, muscle, and fearlessness. They coulda had a real empire.

    • jimmy 8:27 am on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      On paper that sounds good we should trade notes and write a screen play make a few dollars .But the gang simply gave The Nash a razor and then stuck their throats out. The fact that there was no look out and the gang got stoned and crashed out is just plain stupid,they should have moved on and hid .Tracy Mccort saw the writing on the wall.I cant believe David cut out and left his butterfly there .I think they were not on the ball enough to be with the Nash.If you remember the movie they had money because Lind said he was called in to help the rest of the gang with their coke dealing because they needed the help because they were selling so much. I guess they blew all that money they were making on smack for them selves , they were incapable of running an empire they had a mini one with Billy and the coke and could not handle that.

      • criticextraordinaire 5:33 am on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well Ronnie would have been the muscle in a Nash/Wonderland Gang enterprise. If somebody knew they were gonna have to deal with Ronnie and that he had Eddie’s backing, they’d have tho think real long and hard about that. But yeah, Ronnie-Billy-Joy would have done better if they had stayed off the dope. They violated Rule Number Two. Yep Tracy was the smart one, he got out of Dodge and ultimately was the last man standing of the Gang. Too bad that he passed away in ’06 as he was one of the few people left who could tell the inside story.

    • jimmy 7:55 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well you know Billys son eluded to the fact that his dad was able to smack Ronnie around and that he was a little guy . I got the impression that Billys son didnt think Ronnie was as tough as the movie and stories portray him as .The person who played Ronnie (Josh Lucas) is a lot bigger and looked more intimidating what do you think John its in this blog somewhere .

    • John 10:05 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know who was tougher, but both men respected each other.

    • localarts 10:11 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think Ronnie’s reputation was largely built on his ability to commit murder, murder for hire, etc. I was very skeptical about the killings that took place in Mexico involving Ronnie, Susan & some bikers. According to Nils Grevilius a private detective who investigated the Wonderland murders for the book “four on the floor” it actually did happen. Unfortunately, the specifics of what went down will never be known. In the end, there can only be one alpha male and thats Eddie Nash. Apparently Nash is still alive from what I understand.

    • jimmy 11:44 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well it was either audio or something I read that was said by Billys son on this site who seems to distance himself from this but was kind enough too do an interview .Any way it really changed my mind about Ronnie and his abilities ,he was a junkie who was too stupid to save his own ass . He should have been on that show worlds stupidest criminals. I admit that I kind of took a shine too Ronnie like a lot of other people who saw the movie but this blog really filled in all the blanks .Ronnie is not unique but his story is interesting .There are Ronnies everywhere in the inner city

      • localarts 6:15 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Very true Jimmy. Chemical dependency often gets in the way of good judgement. Which clearly is the case here. As far as a tough guy, bar fighting fisticuffs badass, thats not Launius. The general consenus is Ron Launius was in fact a killer and I believe that to be true. The scope of which is debatable.

        • John 9:52 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink

          And he was pretty ballsy in general… When approached at a party by a rival who did not care for Ron, the guy put a gun in Ron’s face. Ron calmly took his corncob pipe he was known to smoke with, and tipped his ashes on the barrel of the fella’s gun.

    • localarts 7:11 am on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, thats right. I forgot about that. Launius was definitely ballsy / crazy.

    • jimmy 7:58 am on March 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That’s bravado played out among those types of people ,happens all the time in the world of drug dealers,gangbangers and mobsters. Thats how they get their reputations . Especially with people who live dangerously and feel thy have nothing too lose it’s either death or jail thats their only way out.

  • John 12:25 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Burt Lancaster Helps A Kid Out… 

    This is from an old 1966 yearbook. A kid sent some photos to Burt Lancaster asking him to choose the best girl for the dance. I hope Ashley Judd doesn’t see this post, my blog will get deleted.

     
  • John 1:43 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Diles' 1965 Romans Team Considered One Of LA's Best 

    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.

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    • localarts 3:13 pm on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      No mention of Diles as one of their star players. I’m sure if he were talented enough, he would have been offered a scholarship thus escaping the life he would eventually lead.

      • John 10:02 am on February 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m thinking he may have missed that boat for even junior college, if he had a bad knee or something else, nobody would have taken a chance.

      • criticextraordinaire 8:04 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Greg did pretty good. He was a henchman for The Nash, so you know he lived large.

    • jimmy 8:32 am on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Every city or little town from Friscoe to Main, high school or college has its heros ,record breakers all star players , chess champs fastest something or other. Just read the sports section of a news paper for any random town .Take that pool of people and maybe 1% of those make it in their respective fields.

  • John 9:44 am on January 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Wonderland Song Released 

    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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    • localarts 4:51 pm on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Not Bad! You should have ask Chuck Negron to do a cameo.

      • criticextraordinaire 5:55 pm on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Chuck Negron, with his legendary “exploding penis” could have made an interesting co-star in one of Holmes’ Johnny Wadd films.

  • John 11:12 am on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Scott Thorson's House In Vegas 

    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:

    Previous Sales

    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:

     

     
    • jimmy chicago 1:04 pm on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thats how the liberals get around living next door to the people they want everyone else too.The shit they dont want in their neighborhood goes to yours. The prices and rules to live in these excluive areas are obscene.When they tore down Cabrini Green in Chicago and put up a few ‘afforadable” places or units mixed in they also held the people who needed the aid to a higher standard then the people who could afford to live there such as {drug testing] Like nun of the rich yuppies do drugs ,well they do but wont be tested like their misfortunate neighbors also they wernt allowed to have visitors like the others who could afford it.

      • criticextraordinaire 5:57 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Cabrini Green was not all that bad. Me and some buddies used to party over there in the early 1990’s. As to the drug testing… hey, if people want to live in housing subsidized by taxpayers, they damn well better not be spending their money on dope. If they got money for dope, then they don’t need my help paying the rent.

  • John 10:38 am on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Two Guys Climb NY Times Building On Same Day 

    You may be familiar with the French building climber (or builderer) known as Alain Robert – He’s climbed dozens of the world’s tallest buildings. In 2008, he set out to climb the ugly New York Times Building in Manhattan. It was not a difficult feat, at least for Alain, as the building facade resembles a big, wide ladder with rungs – One can just climb up the same way. On a hazy day back in 2008, Robert made this a political climb – he had a large banner which read:  “Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week.”

    52 stories and nearly 800 feet tall

    52 stories and nearly 800 feet tall

    Renaldo Clarke was a 32 year-old man from Brooklyn and an amateur climber. To his credit, he had scaled some large bridges and other structures around the city, but usually under the cover of night, as cops will arrest someone for doing that. One time, Robert was actually plucked from the base of a building in Houston by an alert police officer. Word had spread that Robert was in town and cops were on the lookout for the tiny Frenchman. The city of Houston threw the book at him, the judge warning him to never come back.

    As Renaldo went about his workday at his office, he heard about the climb being made by Robert. Clarke knew the NY Times Building to be an easy climb, and he had it in his sights before this. So he left work early, went to a nearby sporting goods store to grab a pair of last minute climbing shoes, and without a rosin bag or any other supplies – made his way over to the site, where he was quickly on his way.

    From the NY Times:

    “He was staring at me on the fourth floor,” said Kim Severson, a reporter for The Times’s Dining section, who saw Mr. Clarke pass by. “At first, I thought, ‘Is he a window washer?’ But he had no equipment. He turned and climbed up at a very rapid pace. He looked very focused. He looked very solemn and determined.”

    Both men succeeded in their respective climbs and both were arrested. But as Robert is often not heavily charged due to his celebrity and infamy, the courts threw the book at Clarke, who they deemed was in need of psychiatric tests. Clarke had once climbed the Hearst Tower. He was in court all of the time after this NY Times Building stunt, and it ended up being more trouble than the reward. And like Robert, Clarke had a message to relay to the world as well: Malaria No More, as he had earlier in the day hastily stamped the letters on his white t-shirt. In an interview with the climbing web site, buildering.net, Clarke stated that he admired Robert but that his political message about global warming was a trendy one, while malaria is a real problem in poorer countries. He was right on, IMO. When Robert found out about Clarke’s climb on the way to jail in the cop car, he was upset:  Clarke had stolen his thunder.

    Now, let’s check out some pics:

     

    Source:

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    • Joe Jiggins 6:33 pm on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting story JW!

  • John 11:52 am on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    NYC Town Boss Explains Sunday Drinking Loophole 

    This is pretty funny… New Jersey gets such a hard time, but the southern part is really beautiful. From the book “Island of Vice” by Richard Zacks. This was during Teddy Roosevelt’s era as police commissioner in the 1890’s. Watch out for “rainbow syrup”!

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