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  • John 10:04 am on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Wonderland Murders 11pm Newscast – July 4, 1981 

    This newscast link was originally shared by localarts back in May. I converted it and edited out the other stuff. I wanted my own copy so that it is never lost or deleted. Enjoy! The final sign-off with America The Beautiful did not make the transfer for some reason, but at least I got the Wonderland coverage. When you saw that sign-off, you knew it was time to go to bed.

    Thanks again, localarts.

    The news lady mistakenly refers to a shootout, when in fact the murders were committed by blunt object, lead pipes.


    Lone Survivor of Laurel Canyon Massacre under LAPD guard at Cedar-Sinai Hosptial.

    “Live” report by Laurel Erickson (apparently taped from 11 pm newscast)

    • Bobby 10:36 am on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome video guys! This is the only newscast I’ve seen thanks to your blog… wonder if there are any others like this floating around in some hidden corner of cyberspace?

      • John W 3:00 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        When Eddie Nash saw that Susan survived, he bitch slapped Diles (to use the parlance of our times), and screamed “Tonight! You’re only gettin ONE 8 ball to smoke.. and I’m taking Thorson to the Earth Wind n Fire concert and not you! Or my name isn’t Eddie Nash!”

        • Bobby 11:25 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          LOL! It’s funny how Thorson says in that Artie Lange vid that Nash hit the pipe hard, got really paranoid and then put a hit out on him. He must’ve been smoking his body weight in rock and it sure didn’t help his intensified paranoia when newscasts like this stated “The police have about a hundred clues”!!

        • dreamweaverjenn 8:58 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          Ha!!!! That cracks me up!!!!

      • John W 3:21 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Laurel Erickson should have won a news Emmy for her coverage outside that hospital. I haven’t seen such journalism in a lonh time, since like 1981.

        • localarts 5:34 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          Yes, I agree and she was pretty hot too.

    • Anthony 6:21 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    • Anthony 6:33 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Josh Lucas talks about Wonderland (Published on Jul 18, 2013)

      I’m not sure if you guys have seen this but when you open the link you’ll see interviews with other cast members like Tim Blake Nelson and Eric Bogosian)

      • Anthony 6:34 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The above link is wrong, sorry.

        Josh Lucas talks about Wonderland (2003)

        • Anthony 6:38 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          Eric Bogosian talks about Wonderland

        • Anthony 6:39 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          Tim Blake Nelson talks about Wonderland

        • Bobby 11:26 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          Great find Anthony! Are these ripped from the DVD special features?

        • John 7:05 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          I like Ron’s/Josh’s Members Only / London Fog windbreaker. Total early 80s!!

        • dreamweaverjenn 9:16 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          These are awesome Anthony! I think the actors did a great job and Eric Begosian made a perfect Eddie Nash.

        • Anthony 5:09 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          Lucas is wearing the cloths from the VCR out the window scene. These interviews were probably conducted between takes.

      • Anthony 6:40 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Janeane Garofalo talks about Wonderland

      • dreamweaverjenn 9:05 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        What was THIS movie and when did it come out or will it come out? Seems interesting. Not a mistake but a “happy accident.” Sorry, I’m a huge Bob Ross fan…….

    • scabiesoftherat 10:43 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The murders happen on the 1st of July. The cops get the bodies out early on the 2nd. That means that David Lind made an immediate B-line to the cops and told his story…for Laurel Erickson to have the info that it was “over a rip-off of some heroin and possibly cocaine” on July fourth, no less,…Well, that’s pretty good expediting and reporting. The people who knew what it was about were dead or incapacitated and the other people who knew about it weren’t talking about it all…if they knew what was good for them. This has to be a reference to Lind’s statement to the cops. (Forgive me. I’m a slow learner…LOL) But that was awful fast, wasn’t it?…or am I missing something here? I believe that Holmes was busted on the fourth, but his name wasn’t mentioned in the newscast….which would make it all the more lurid. Would love to see what the 5th held…

      • John 8:08 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, and McCourt was quietly talking to newspapers also. He’s quoted in one recent article after the murders as “the getaway driver”. And the media was talking to the landlady as well…she knew about the drug dealing.

  • John 8:14 am on May 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Wonderland Birthdays 


    Happy Birthdays go out this week!

    • Joy’s birthday is tomorrow, May 14. She would have been 77 years old.
    • Ron’s birthday is May 18. He would have been 68 this Saturday.
    • Susan’s birthday is May 30.

    I know that Ron and Joy were both born in Illinois and have close birthdays. I can imagine, after meeting each other, that this was enough for them to bond or whatever and become instant friends (besides the drugs). She let him move into her house. I know that when I meet someone who was born in the same state as me, then that is always an instant topic for conversation. Just sayin…

    Have a great week everyone.

    Keep the great posts and finds coming!



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  • John 8:15 am on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Just A Few More Classic Photos 

    From the archives:


    Erupt…in an orgy of erotic passion!

    Sit over there, Mr. Wadd.

    Sit over there, Mr. Wadd.

    From Val Kilmer's Wonderland Art Project.

    From Val Kilmer’s Wonderland Art Project.

    Still from Wonderland opening credits.

    Still from Wonderland opening credits.


    Page from the Johnny Wadd comic book. Warning: Nudity.

    Suzi Murphy. Freshman. 1966.

    Suzi Murphy. Freshman. 1966.

    • Localarts 11:16 am on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, Susan looks really conservative, almost like a campaign organizer for Barry Goldwater or somthing. Kinda make’s you wonder how she hooked uo with Ronnie.

      • Jenn 12:29 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Does anyone know where she went to high school? BTW John, love the new pics. Thank you for sharing. ❤

        • John 12:49 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink

          Marysville, CA, a suburb of Yuba City I guess. You’re welcome, Jenn. Sometimes, I think I will run out of W-Land stuff, but never happens 😉

      • John 12:51 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, she is probably about 14-15 here. I love the glasses. Looks like it could be one of my aunts from a framed picture at Grandma’s house!

    • Localarts 1:44 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      John, if you are needing more wonderland material there is a story I read many years ago on a blog called “if wishes were fishes” I was never able to verify what I read back then and I’m reluctant to post it.

      • John 1:48 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds great. I did some googling but too no avail. Is that some sort of crime blog?

    • Localarts 2:18 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It’s been about 10 year ago, it was no crime blog but there were two individuals talking about who else was involved in the Wonderland murders they go into a bit of detail about who was actually there that night. I’ve never read anything like it sense. If you like, I’ll post what I read to the best I can remember.

      • John 2:27 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds great, post away… I will make it a blog post, to simply share “as is”… “for the sake of discussion”…etc.

    • Localarts 7:07 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, here goes. Back in the 1980’s there was a prison interview done with a man with the last name of Meklain or Mclaine he was from Argentina and he had a brother. Meklain told the interviewer it was himself and his brother that accompained Greg Diles and John Holmes that night. Meklain said they parked the car near the Wonderland school and walked to 8763. Meklain describes Billy Deverell as the one who opens the door, a gun is shoved in Deverell’s face and that’s when the interview ends.

      I guess this makes some sense because if Deverell and been attacked as the movie show’s, there would have been alot more blood at the entrance. If this is indeed what happened, my theory is Deverrel was escorted back up stairs with a gun to his head why Barbara was being murdered.

      • John 7:47 am on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Amazing stuff. Sounds about right, from an investigative point of view. That would account for Joy screaming a lot. I will look for Mclaine/Meklain.

      • John 1:02 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Found him! Hovsep Mikaelian, a.k.a. Joe McLean. I will do a post tomorrow! Thanks for the heads up. “Joe” was involved in the sales tax scam, which I posted about a few months ago. Eddie was thrown into the fray because cops claimed Joe called him to score some weed, allegedly. I don’t believe that happened, but I do believe that Eddie and Joe were buddies.

    • Localarts 7:21 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      John, you are the man!! Hopefully you can find the same blog I read in 03.

    • krislyn 6:50 am on May 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      thats an interesting story i like it. . my only thought. Wonderland School to the house is a long freakin walk …up a hill… have u been there? last time i went was last month but i think if anyone did that walk ..even strung out… by the time they got to the house theyd be hella tired .. but thats interesting story. hmmm.

    • localarts 10:25 am on May 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The story may or may not be true. I read it on a blog 10 years ago. It was a conversation two people were having; they seem to know a lot!! It kinda makes sense if you don’t want the car identified as the one parked in front of 8763 at 4:00 am in the morning.

  • John 12:19 pm on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    What Happened The Night Of The Murders? 

    Another excerpt from the book “What Wild Ecstasy” by John Heidenry. You can read samples of it here.

    I wonder if the Gang had ordered food from Captain Pizza? That is the pizza joint that was mentioned in the movie. I guess whoever showed up at 3:45am did not care enough to save Susan. I have also been trying to find out what was on TV that night, but in the summertime it used to be all reruns of old shows on local TV. There were no network shows on during the summertime, besides the occasional made-for-TV movie.

    A few pages later, the author describes the Nash robbery, almost verbatim to Lind’s testimony. He did good research. The author does not seem to care much for Holmes. Oh well, he did his due diligence!

    The rest of the book is also excellent… and Heidenry touches on the early porn world, the business side, emerging technologies, the origins of professional porn businesses in Denmark and Germany, etc.


    What Wild Ecstasy by John Heidenry.

    What Wild Ecstasy by John Heidenry.

    • John 12:34 pm on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      During his trial, Holmes’ defense of being “the man in the middle” and under duress, would later be written in as a new defense in many law school textbooks. The same goes for the smuggling case of Ron Launius in 1974, but his case had to do with Double Jeopardy sentencing guidelines, etc. Ron’s case versus the US government has been cited by no less than 22 other legal cases over the years.

    • localarts 8:49 pm on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I truly wish Coen could have gotten a conviction. Holmes would have rolled over on Eddie for sure being the shit weasel that he was. I guess that was too much to ask for though.

      • John W 8:59 pm on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Me too. It’s a tough ride, Holmes would have rolled. You were right the whole time.. The gang also had Sac town obligations and court dates for petty crimes.

    • Murmillo 12:10 pm on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply


      Do you know why Ron Launius changed that way? It seems that in the beginning he was living a conservative lifestyle. Didn’t he get along with his life in the military or did he get troubles after leaving the military?

      And is it true what internet sources say that he went to the Mexican border to deal drugs for bikers, then his girlfriend was kidnapped and when he got her back he wiped out all of the dealers?

      Is it known how many people he killed in total?

      • John 5:12 pm on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Not certain about the kidnapping stuff. I have not been able to confirm those stories. But… he had a good tour in the Air Force, serving almost 10 years with an honorable discharge from the service. I think that after the military and getting married, he just go disgruntled, worked a few dead end jobs and then go into drugs and easy money. He got busted smuggling drugs from Mexico and served his prison time. It was all downhill, so to speak, from there.

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