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  • 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 2:08 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Wonderland Cribs Featuring Gregory Diles 

    In the 1992 L.A. phone book, Greg Diles is listed at a residence near South Central. The area is called Mid City. The neighborhood also looks like it has a large Korean population.

    1712 Crenshaw Blvd.

    1712 Crenshaw Blvd.

    This is the address, although I was not sure of which of the two houses it was… I could not read the numbers but the houses to the left and right of these two were not #1712.

    These are actually converted apartments and duplexes or quad-plexes, as these older houses have been remodeled. Note the communal parking set up. After Greg and Nash’s murder trial a few years before, I can imagine Greg was a bouncer again and trying to pick up the pieces of his life. He would be dead within five years, some say from liver failure.

    Greg Diles residence in 1992.

    Greg Diles residence in 1992.

     
    • localarts 6:26 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, Diles died of liver failure overseas in some third world country.

      • John 12:46 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        If he was some type of Black Panther lover, then maybe he wanted to go back and die in the home continent of Africa? Not sure, but L.A. County Records has his death registered as occurring in Los Angeles County.

        • localarts 12:55 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink

          It was probably LA then. I can’t remember where I read that Nigeria thing. i’m sure Eddie was supporting Greg financially to an extent.

        • John 12:58 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink

          Yes, I read that too somewhere. Eddie was his own boss, and there was talk of him still hanging out and communicating with people on the judge’s list…so him indirectly helping Greg would not surprise me. Eddie rewarded loyalty!

    • John W 6:34 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I read that somewhere too, dubious at best … but it said Lagos, Nigeria.

    • localarts 7:58 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Nigeria, yes.

    • Bobby 9:54 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      From the opulent Studio City to the aptly titled “Mid” City… what a downgrade for Diles who was once used to having breakfast served on a silver tray..

    • localarts 7:46 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. Diles may have been relegated to living in a hut on a dirt floor in the middle of the jungle for all we know. I bet Greg Diles was unrecognizable at the time of his death.

      • localarts 7:48 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        And then again, he could have died in a condo in Tarzana with Eddie by his side.

  • John 2:11 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Gregory Dewett Diles – High School Photos 

    Gregory Diles graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1966. I was never aware that his middle name was spelled “Dewett”. But, maybe that is misspelled, as you will see below.

    Greg Diles graduated high school. I did not find anything for Samuel, his alleged little brother.

    Greg Diles graduated high school. I did not find anything for Samuel, his alleged little brother.

    Greg played high school football, but they misspelled his name and cut off the top of his head in the yearbook photo. I’m glad that I flipped through that section! They were a very good varsity team, and most of the scores I saw were 24-0, 27-0, 19-0, etc. Also, the football section shows a trophy and the caption reads: “LA City Champs”.

    I'm thinking Defensive End or Nose Tackle.

    I’m thinking Offensive Line or Nose Tackle.

     
    • localarts 2:52 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Diles in a suit & tie, damn I’m impressed. He graduated high school? I’m even more impressed. Diles was more educated than Holmes LOL

      • John W 4:14 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        It looks like Greg had an older sister, and she was a senior in 1962. I cannot confirm that just yet. I don’t know why but I keep thinking of Jefferson from Fast Times at Ridgmont High. I would’t want to be the student editor of that yearbook, due to the misspelling and cutting off his head, and hear that “Greg Diles is looking for you”. Oh Shit!!

        • dreamweaverjenn 4:34 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink

          OMG! He does remind me of Jefferson from Fast Times at Ridgemont High! I would definitely shit if he was looking for me.

    • dreamweaverjenn 4:07 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I know! Right?? Sad that he ended up with the likes of Nash but that was probably a well paying job I am thinking. I bet his mother was proud.

    • John W 6:38 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Greg’s alumni bro’s at L.A. High were author Charles Bukowski, famed attorney Johnnie Cochran, Solid Gold hostess Marilynn McCoo, and many more. McCoo was a senior when Greg was a freshman. I can just visualize Nash & Greg hitting the pipe… and watching Solid Gold at Ed’s Dona Lola residence.

    • localarts 7:27 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      LOL. Yeah, the solid gold dancers. Forget about the OJ trial. If John Holmes would have lived ( Holmes was named in the Nash/Diles murder indietment ) can you just imagine what kind of freak show / circus this would have been with Johnnie Cochran? You have drug lord Eddie Nash, Pornstar John Holmes, Liberace’s gay lover Scott Thorson, Aryan Brotherhood member David Lind, Nash enforcer Greg Diles and ….Johnnie Cochran!!

      Forget about selling T shirts outside the court house like they did at the OJ trial, you could have sold tickets to that thing. It would have been amazing to watch.

      • John W 5:22 pm on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        They would have had the trial at the LA Forum, to fit in all of the people. Lance Ito could have been the judge and that big place would be enough to host all of his stupid hourglasses! The bailiff could have been Cedric the Entertainer.

    • localarts 6:40 pm on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It might be better if Nash’s original judge presided over the case, Judge Ricks, the guy that beat up his mother. Just ads to the insanity..

  • John 8:19 am on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Other Two Assailants At Wonderland 

    At this web site by CJ, which looks long abandoned… there is a Wonderland movie review, a bit of a back-story and some other info gleaned from a few interviews that he did. He is a DJ or something in L.A., I could not find much info about “CJ”. Please post in the comments if you know. Localarts was the first to tell me about “Danny”… obviously a brother of Greg Diles. If Nash called in mob help, then maybe Danny, Joe McLean and another goon helped out that night. There would have been no remorse in a payback hit like this. It would have been and was…brutal. Mob guys are known to saw up their old friends into little pieces…so.

    Read on…

    Bill Margold Phone Interview – 04/25/2005

    I called the 11 year-old number I had in my BladeRunner Organizer and lo ‘n behold it didn’t work worth a damn. So I splurged a whole 2 minutes and typed his name into Google, clicked his site and sent him email, reminding him of our glorious day in 1994 with Danyl Cheeks. He called me immediately and we chatted for a while. He didn’t remember me, but it didn’t matter. We had a lot to talk about.

    “The problem with Eddie Nash is the son-of-a-bitch won’t die!” he told me in his raspy Jewish voice. “Ok, what concerns me are the ‘unidentified others’ who participated in the murders. There were two others besides Diles and Holmes. Know who they were?”

    “A guy named ‘Danny’ and…hey you’re right.” I admitted, overlooking the obvious. “How did I overlook those two loose ends?”

    “Easy. They were never identified. They were brought in by the mob.” Margold said.

    I loved all of the Starwood stories posted in the comments section. Keep 'em coming!

    I loved all of the Starwood stories posted in the comments section. Keep ’em coming!

    Further Reading:  

    CJ’s Insane Asylum – Finding Wonderland

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 8:47 am on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I guess it still blows my mind that Nash was acquitted AND he’s still alive.

    • krislyn 9:07 am on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      You know what they say. Evil never dies lol.

      • localarts 10:15 am on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        LOL. Eddie may never die. Ed’s power was far reaching at that time but once the feds got involved it was pretty much over.

      • dreamweaverjenn 4:57 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Lol, there will be cockroaches, twinkies, my grandmother, and Eddie.

    • krislyn 2:02 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      who is Danny? i know greg and samuel but is danny a alias for samuel? i must have skipped something.

      the name is familiar because in the movie ward asks holmes in the hotel room “did u see danny or greg in the car” and holes replied ” i didnt see greg i didnt see eddie when i left. ” i didnt know who he was referencing i assumed danny was the alias for samuel. so hes a real guy?

      • John 2:22 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I know! Danny was mentioned. I can only assume it was straight from the poluce file or Samuel went by Danny. Samuel died in 2002.

    • krislyn 2:43 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      also the guy in the beginning david lind talks about walking into the house. cherokee sent me walking. …. then later everyone wanted to know who tje “throw betamax ” guy was . in the movie before the robbery at nash billy tells mccourt honk twice if u see anyine he says got it boss or whatever. in the wonderland script i posted all three of these characters were named cherokee. maybe cherokee wasnt a real person just a character filling in different blanks of people in the movie???? and so tracy gets no credits rights cause of that?

      • John 3:07 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I wish they had consulted with Tracy McCourt for the movie in addition to Dawn and Sharon. I think he could have helped with character development on the gang. That was the big gripe by critics per se “a lot of empty people who are dead”. Also, the film would hace been better without Val Kilmer. That guy Cumberbatch would have been better LOL

      • localarts 5:06 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        There was another guy that used to frequent 8763, his name was Mike. Tracy McCourt makes references to this in his testimony. As a matter of fact “Mike” was one of the few people allowed in after the robbery and that’s only because Ronnie new the guy quite well. Mike could be “Cherokee” but I’ve always thought it was Tracy McCourt.

    • krislyn 2:44 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      just a thought

    • krislyn 4:06 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I think Val did a goodjob. he did good as Jim M as well. the funny thing i read that Val kept a diary of his wpnderland experience even things he obtained through his research it is noted he never showed it publicly. i sent a fb message asking to see it or if it exists lol yet no replies

    • dreamweaverjenn 4:56 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I read somewhere he turned it into some kind of exhibit? Not sure. I thought Val did ok as Holmes but was awesome as Jim Morrison. I have to google “Cumberbatch”. I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes, lol.

    • Bonnie Brae 5:19 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      check out the first 15 minutes – it’s just so gripping!

      • John 8:26 am on May 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome! I love the narrator!

      • scabiesoftherat 11:13 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The criminals in that case were certifiable morons. But the neighbors were even more stupid than the criminals. Think about it. When you go to commit murder, you want to be clandestine,…so what does he do? He fires a gun in a residetial neighborhood, outside, to kill his first victim. He fires four times in the driveway with a 9 shot .22 pistol. He just dumped half his ammo load when he didn’t even know how many people were even up at the house….and they took no spare bullets because they were gonna cut them up. They missed the guesthouse houseguest all together….who happened to be about 50 yards away from the killing, in a completely lit house playin’ music with the volume controls being set between 4 and 5 on a Simon And Garfunkel album. That’s how stupid the criminals are. The neighbors raise the stakes in the stupid realm. The neighbors were going to bed at midnight,. This is the house closest to the Tate house. As the wife gets into bed, she hears gunshots coming from nextdoor. When questioned by the police she tells the she “heard gunshots coming from next door….but I didn’t hear anything further,…so I went to sleep” If she was a normal person and not a pod, she woulda done what any normal thinking person woulda done. She woulda called the police and, since Benedict Canyon is a high tax bracket, they would have been there in say, four minutes. The killers say the murders took 40 minutes. He shot the gun as they entered the premisis. Phone call, four to six minutes till police arrive. They walk them off in handcuffs. All because some neighbor didn’t hear anything further after hearing gunshots. Not hearing anything after gunshots usually denotes that the bullet hit it’s target. It’s what you would really expect to hear at midnight when a gun is fired.

        Starlets in the ninth month of pregnancy do have that jones to go out and randomly fire guns at midnight in their driveway, don’t they?

        Geez.

        Great post, Bonnie. The artistic flavor that curt gentry gives the first half of the book is right up there with Capote’s, “In Cold Blood”. Match for match. His prose hold their own. I was kinda sad to see him go when Bugliosi introduced himself. Gentry shoulda written the entire book with Bugliosi simply contributing. Then you WOULD have had a contender for In Cold Blood,…and, dare I say, even better

        Robert Foxworthy was the narrator. Boyfriend of the late Elizabeth Montgomery (of Bewitched fame, of course),….but also the lead in the movie, “The legend of Lizzie Borden.” (1975 made for tv movie)

        I had stayed in that house. It’s now a bed and breakfast. I slept in Lizzie’s room one night and then in the guestroom where the stepmother got it. In that room was the dress that Elizabeth Montgomery wore for her trial in the movie. Too cool, man. I watched the movie on my ipod while in the dark in the murder room.

        One of those moments that gives you “cause to pause”…..and when the nervous energy makes you stuff ho-ho’s into your pie hole at an alarming rate. LOL

        • Bonnie Brae 8:49 am on May 25, 2013 Permalink

          I Love Robert Foxworth. After listening to this which my friend got from the public library in cassette form and let me borrow. I wanted to find out everything I could about him but then got lazy. Anyway – RF does such a great job narrating. He really pulls you in. That is awesome that you stayed in the Lizzie Borden house. I have always wanted to go there. But since MA is nowhere near me and I will probably never get there, I am going to settle for going on Scott Michaels Helter Skelter tour this summer. 44th year anniversary.

          I too found it mind boggling that the neighbors could hear screams then gun shots then go to sleep. Little did they know Manson had ordered them to do the thing to the entire neighborhood.

          Also, the police received one call that reported a woman screaming and the second that reported hearing gun shots. Someone commented “I hope we don’t have a murder on our hands”. Times have changed and I like to think that the police have learned from their mistake. But what a big mistake to have to live with. Not investigating those reports.

    • krislyn 7:06 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      the manson murders were just crazy. manson practically gre up in confinement jail was nothing to him. i think some people how a brainwashing power and even so still no excuse to kill. this was a solved case and these people admit they were brainwashed and said they deserve to b in jail.

    • krislyn 7:09 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      yeah i watched the movie in subtitles..each of those characters is named”cherokee” prob a character created to be various people

    • krislyn 7:14 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      someone said Rons corpse is in the opening credits . . . what part?

    • krislyn 7:18 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      how do i post a pic i took from my camera?

    • krislyn 4:18 pm on May 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Is anyone into the club kids murder? michael alig and the club kids. this was early 80s to early 90s . it was tje birth of club kids who are ravers. in nyc it was a big movement. michael alig should b getting out of jail soon for the murder of his friend anddrug dealer angel melendez. if u havent the way this murder went down is just gruesom. i vosited michaels apt building in nyc. peter gatien was a big target in his nightclubs least he wasnt like eddie. reading news papers clips books by james st james is just radical. seth green did amazing in party monster. if u watch the Shockumentary its great even james does the commentary. interesting time in NYC. look into it if u havent

      • John 9:43 am on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds interesting, I will google it.

      • Darcy 2:48 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The book by james st. James is excellent as well lived in nyc during that era wasn’t a club kid, more of a stoner lol

        • dreamweaverjenn 7:43 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink

          I tried to watch the movie but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I was interrupted too many times. lol

    • dreamweaverjenn 7:47 pm on May 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I will do that. Sounds interesting. Thanks!

    • krislyn 12:35 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      some people are into it some arent because of the “lifestyle” but it did alot in that era . it was the begiining of raids. theres lots of books interviews michael musto is a great source. looms like another film is creating now thatmichaels out 2014 .i have alot of randomness ive interviewd w a few members of the club kids. u can you tube reallife parties. it was just crazy. i got lots of research data on that if u get into it and want to see more

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  • John 6:03 pm on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Liberace's Lover Testifies in Quadruple Murder Trial 

    This is an article from before the Nash/Diles trial in 1990. As I have stated in the past, Nash and Diles were in legal hell for years after the murders. The cops can and will haul someone to jail whenever they feel like it, even just to fuck with you. I need to create a timeline for all the shit these two assholes went through. Not that they weren’t involved, but Nash even had $75,000 withheld from a million dollar bail he once put up, as a penalty for something or other.

    Let’s move on…

    I do not know if or for how long Scott Thorson stayed at the Nash house. He may have stayed there for a night or two at some point, but it was while he was doing drugs. But on the night of the Wonderland slayings, Scott was just stopping by to score drugs. Nash said “Here, sit down. I have been robbed… and John Holmes was involved.” Nash threatened Thorson and his family with death if he told anybody. Thorson also recounted how he had an awkward, eerie conversation in the kitchen with Johnny Wadd. Holmes waited  there for Diles and company to get their shit together and go attack the gang on Wonderland.

    In the summer of 1981, Scott Thorson was heavy into crack or freebase, and he and Liberace were on thin ice as a couple. Less than a year later, Liberace would throw Scott out on the street. Around this time, Thorson even traded the Rolls Royce to Eddie Nash for drugs. This was a gift from Liberace. Scott’s life was a fucking mess in the early 80s. News articles state that  in 1982, Nash’s guys helped Thorson to get his belongings from one of Liberace’s L.A. residences because Scott was afraid that Liberace’s bodyguards would beat him up. Scott Thorson was also rumored to have let Nash and Diles stay at one of Liberace’s residences in the days just after the murders, until the heat died down from the investigation. Diles and Nash would later serve time on drug charges and Diles would also get in trouble for firing his gun at police when they raided Nash’s home in the weeks following the Wonderland killings. Diles defense was that he thought they were burglars.

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    March 22, 1990 | Los Angeles Times

    A former lover of the late entertainer Liberace Wednesday linked both defendants (Eddie Nash and Greg Diles) in the Laurel Canyon murder trial to the house where four people were bludgeoned to death in 1981.

    Scott Thorson, 31, who said he received a settlement of $95,000 after he filed a palimony suit against Liberace, testified that he was staying at the Studio City home of defendant Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in 1981 when he overheard a violent argument between Nash and porno movie star John Holmes.

    Nash and co-defendant Gregory Diles, Nash’s bodyguard, were “beating Mr. Holmes up,” Thorson said under questioning by Deputy Dist. Atty. Dale Davidson. “I heard Mr. Nash . . . telling Mr. Holmes that if he didn’t take him to where those people were who robbed him, he would have every member of his family killed.”

    Prosecutors contend that the murders were in retaliation for a robbery two days earlier by three occupants of the house, with Holmes’ aid.

     
  • John 9:43 am on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Two Acquitted In Second Trial For ’81 Laurel Canyon Murders 

    Special thanks to reader, localarts, for posting a few names which helped me locate this incredible article. This story lends to the alternate theory of how maybe some other hoodlums carried out the murders, and not Nash or Diles. Well, it was enough for the juries to believe, and Nash and Diles were acquitted. I don’t believe it, but hey, make up your own mind! Maybe Eddie and O.J. Simpson can form a club and go find out who the real killers were, LOL.

    And now… “Fat Howard” Cook and Paul Kelly enter the Wonderland story. Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. After this trial, we did not hear from Eddie Nash for almost 5 years, until the Russian Mafia story came out and his arrest in a pre-dawn raid wearing pajamas at his condo.

    Some interesting points and observations from the article:

    • Three of the victims are described by prosecutors as “penny-ante crooks”. That is my belief too. The Wonderland gang were not big-time! nor were they on top of the L.A. drug trade. They were small time thieves and nickel bag and gram dealers.
    • Diles lost 100 lbs while in the county jail.
    • The prosecution had shady witnesses (Lind, Thorson, etc.). Was McCourt there?
    • In addition to metal pipes, a baseball bat was also used in the killings. This explains how some of the blood spatter was all the way across the living room and other rooms.
    • If I was in legal trouble, then I can appreciate a good defense lawyer, but most are shady…I can’t imagine them hugging Greg Diles after the verdict. I’d have to get in the tub like Holmes to scrub clean!

    …the “Laurel Canyon murders”–killings that came to symbolize fast California lifestyle gone awry…

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    Two Acquitted In Second Trial For ’81 Laurel Canyon Murders

    January 18, 1991 | Laurie Becklund | Los Angeles Times

    Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash and his bodyguard were acquitted of murder late Thursday, a resounding defeat for prosecutors who have tried for a decade to resolve the “Laurel Canyon murders”–killings that came to symbolize fast California lifestyle gone awry.

    Nash, 61, slapped both hands on his desk and smiled broadly, showing emotion for the first time in his long ordeal, as the jury cleared the way for his departure from jail for the first time in more than two years. His co-defendant, Gregory Diles, smiled and hugged his attorneys.

    “There just wasn’t enough evidence to convict them,” juror Bobbi Scoville, 42, a Hawthorne air traffic controller, said afterward. “The only thing that bothers me (about the verdict) is that I don’t know if there will ever be a final settlement of this case. I’m afraid the only people who will ever know who killed those people are the murderers.”

    Prosecutors Dale Davidson and Carol Najera of the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, who were trying the two men for the second time after a mistrial last year, left the courtroom without speaking. Last year, jurors voted 11 to 1 for convicting Nash and 10 to 2 for acquitting Diles.

    “We’re obviously disappointed in the verdicts,” said Sandi Gibbons, a district attorney’s spokeswoman. “However, a jury has decided the case.”

    The four July 1, 1981, bludgeoning murders took place in what was described as a “drug den” on Wonderland Avenue, a few blocks from a house owned by then-Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. The victims were two women and two men who were heavily associated with drugs. The prosecution described three of the victims as “penny-ante crooks.” A fifth woman survived but was unable to testify because of her injuries.

    This trial was the third in the case. The first, in 1982, resulted in the acquittal of John C. Holmes, then the nation’s premier pornographic film star. Nash and Diles were charged after prosecutors said new evidence came to light in 1988. The star witness, Scott Thorsen, was a former lover of Liberace who had his face made over to resemble that of the late pianist.

    The three trials exposed the seamy underside of Hollywood as few other courtroom dramas ever have. The accused included Holmes, Diles, a 300-pound bouncer and bodyguard, who lost over 100 pounds in jail, and Nash. Nash, whose birth name is Adel Nasrallah, was an owner of striptease joints and Hollywood nightclubs. He spent more than two years in jail in the mid-1980s on narcotics charges.

    “From the bottom of my heart, I don’t think either one of these people had anything to do with these murders,” said Michael M. Crain. He and Richard Lasting were court-appointed attorneys for Diles.

    Edward Rucker, who with attorney Bradley Brunon represented Nash, congratulated the jury as they filed out of the courtroom.

    He gave credit for the acquittal to conscientious jurors who he said were able to set aside Nash’s lifestyle and criminal record in making their decision.

    All four attorneys had put on an unusual defense in the case in which they in essence accused another man, a convicted narcotics dealer named Paul Kelly who is now in state prison. They argued that Kelly had been sent out to murder the four as part of a complicated plot involving revenge for drug deals gone sour. Kelly was called to the courtroom outside the presence of the jury, but took the 5th Amendment instead of testifying.

    Two of the jurors said the defense case was so compelling that they would like to see Kelly put on trial for the murders. Another said that while defense evidence against Kelly raised doubts about the guilt of Nash and Diles, it might not be sufficient to convict Kelly.

    The prosecution’s case was complicated by witnesses who had been heavy drug users and convicted drug dealers. In his closing argument, Davidson stressed to the jury that the district attorney’s office had made a “societal decision” to proceed. Otherwise, he said, such bloody underworld murders would proliferate simply because “John Q. Citizen” witnesses are not available.

    The murders took place around 4 a.m. on July 1, 1981. A neighbor was awakened by screams, looked out the window, and saw lights on in the house. Instead of calling police, she turned on her television set to drown out the noise.

    “Who knows who’s been on primal scream therapy or tripping on some drug?” another neighbor later said.

    It was agreed that at least three killers went in with lengths of pipe and at least one baseball bat, bashing the sleeping victims dozens of times. Afterward they washed up, leaving the water running.

    A grainy videotape taken of the murder scene showed a trail of blood leading from one room of the house to another. When it was later presented to a jury, the case marked the first time in American jurisprudence that a videotape of a murder scene was admitted as evidence in a criminal trial.

    Killed were William DeVerell, 44; his girlfriend, Joy Audrey Miller, 46, and Ronald Launius, 37, of Sacramento. All three had been involved in a robbery of Nash two days before in which large amounts of cash, jewels, narcotics and some guns were taken. The prosecution contended that the murders were ordered by Nash in retaliation for that robbery.

    Two others had chosen that night to visit the Wonderland home. They were Barbara Richardson, 22, and Launius’ estranged wife, Susan, 25, both of Sacramento. Susan Launius was left for dead, but she survived with brain damage and partial paralysis. Later, the most she could recall was three “shadowy figures” in the night.

    The only print police found at the scene was identified as that of Holmes, whose attorneys claimed that he was forced into the home at gunpoint. He died in 1988 of the complications of AIDS, never having publicly revealed what he knew about the murders.

    The other men in the house that night, investigators concluded, wore gloves or daubed their hands with a special liquid to disguise their prints.

    It was that lack of concrete evidence that jurors said was critical in their acquittal. No murder weapons were submitted into evidence.

    The defense contended that a man named Howard (Fat Howard) Cook of Los Angeles, who was owed money for drugs, sent Paul Kelly and other men to the house. Evidence against Kelly included a taped interview that police conducted with his girlfriend, Maggie Coffman, days after the murders.

    “You know I love you and I want to marry you,” Coffman said Kelly told her hours before the murders. “But I have to eliminate a few, a few people that you care about, right?” One, she told police, was Launius.

    Prosecutor Davidson told the jury that Kelly may have been one of the killers that night, but that Nash ordered the killings.

    “The book’s still open on Kelly,” he told jurors. “He is in state prison and this case is not done.”

     

     
    • Darcymarie 6:07 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, some of this is mentioned in the other Hollywood by legs McNeil, at least , iirc , Kelly was mentioned as been seen leaving wonderland ave, or maybe he observed Holmes leaving the location & it was somehow relayed back to bill ammerson a friend/porn producer of johns

    • localarts 6:44 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Had Kelly arrived during the murders, he would have most certainly died that night. I’m not sure people really understand how bad this really was.

      • localarts 6:47 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Bad grammar.. sorry.

      • benafanasiev 7:17 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure what you mean?

        • benafanasiev 7:18 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink

          Sorry, I’m not sure what you mean?

      • John W 9:34 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I can see how the gang probably did owe money around town to various people, either by theft or by non-payment of drug debts. I have no doubt that others were probably looking for them, i just think Eddie got to them first.

        • benafanasiev 11:02 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink

          I believe John was a greedy bastard, who probably went to Eddie so he could get more drugs out of the wonderland gang and also out of Eddie. I also think John being a total bottom-feeding scumbag junkie willingly partook in the murders. Scott Thorson’s story I’m a bit sceptical about too. I haven’t heard any mention of John looking beat up the next day by his wife or girlfriend and he would have if Nash and Diles spent an hour beating information out of him, I assume they would have beat him to a pulp over what he did?

    • localarts 9:47 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Some posters on the IMDB forum used to make jokes about the victims and at the same time deflect criticism of Holmes. It was quite amazing. These posters seemed to think Wonderland was about pornography.

      • John W 12:16 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        When I heard audio of the ladies who wrote “A Life Measured in Inches” discussing Holmes as some great pop cultute icon, and dissing the murders it made me cringe. Their audio interviews with Laurie Holmes, female pornstars and others are on youtube. I need to read their entire book, ive only read a few chapters.

        • scabiesoftherat 12:17 am on April 9, 2013 Permalink

          Laurie Holmes is a certified idiot. Sorry. I have no patience for her. She simply married john to attach herself to his demented and dark legacy, man. She seems like she has a an IQ of 38. Daft and balmy. I don’t hate her, of course. I don’t think enough about her to hate her,…but the “anal queen” is an idiot.

          Holmes was an idiot. There is a reason he ended up the way he did. The reason I study him is akin to watching a car crash. It’s horrifying, but you can’t look away. This guy sold his soul to someone….no doubt, man. Who it was, one can only guess. You’re married to someone for 16 years and you rip them off when they try and help you? Really? I mean,…Really? Dude was a total d-bag.

    • localarts 12:31 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I think I know who you’re talking about. Those were the ladies who saw the Wonderland movie, became infatuated with Holmes or at the very least enamored. Wrote a book about him and baked a birthday cake for their hero.. I’m not making this up they actually baked a cake for Holmes, freakin crazy.

      • Jill C. Nelson 9:11 am on May 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        We didn’t bake a cake for Holmes. It was a cake created by Cake and Art for the launch in L.A. designed as the cover of the book. Like it or not, John Holmes will forever be a pop culture figure, but not a hero. You people wouldn’t be discussing him if it weren’t so.

        John, since you and the followers of this forum are obviously fascinated by the Wonderland subject and all things related I’d be happy to send you a free copy of A Life Measured in Inches. You might be quite interested to know that Sugar and I didn’t paint Holmes as a hero but as all credible biographers do, we showed all sides. You’re perfectly welcome to continue to despise Holmes after you’ve read the book.

        • John 9:17 am on May 16, 2013 Permalink

          Thanks. I will order the book. I’m right in the middle of Helter Skelter and researching that whole crazy era.

        • Sheila 9:52 am on December 27, 2013 Permalink

          This is just my opinion but I don’t think that people see him as a hero as much as they are just so baffled and confused how someone can be in as deep as he was into this whole thing and then be acquitted. Not only him but Nash and his “Goon Squad”. I think if this had of happened in today’s time everyone of them would get the death penalty. How people live their life is the way they will die. Look at the tragic ways not only the 4 of Wonderland died but look at the way Gregory Diles , and John Holmes died. Nash will eventually die a horrible death as well with all of his ailments. In the end I am not the one they have to stand before and give an account of their life to. That is the job of Almighty God.

    • John W 1:14 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Well, fuck that! I am going to Kroger in a minute for groceries. I am goin to bake a cake for Ron and Billy!! Chocolate baby. High yellow!

    • localarts 1:57 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      LMAO .. LOL!!

      • localarts 6:45 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I agree Scabiesoftherat, Laurie Holmes may very well be the worlds only know living brain donor.
        Not too bright. Bill Amerson said Holmes tried to run her over with a car so hecould collect the insurance money. At least we know why he kept the littie “anal queen” around.

        • Jill C. Nelson 9:12 am on May 16, 2013 Permalink

          And Bill Amerson is credible? Now that’s funny. Have you met the man? My co-author has. Ask Amerson’s son, Sean, about his father’s credibility.

    • localarts 10:47 am on December 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is just my opinion but I don’t think that people see him as a hero”
      I don’t either. It was a bad choice of words on my part.

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