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  • John 7:25 am on September 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Deadlocked Jury Causes Mistrial in Nash Case 

    Snoop Lion was/is married to a woman named Shante Taylor. I doubt it is the same woman. This girl went into witness protection, according to retired cops. A lil bird once said that a gang from South-central killed her brother, apparently seeking some of the bribe money. Without this successful bribe, Nash would have burned – and just maybe would have been executed. Teflon… too close for comfort, Eddie! Some say Ed’s brother or someone else could have slipped her a note as the jury walked to the elevator each day, through the crowded halls of the court. It was possible.

    Deadlocked Jury Causes Mistrial in Nash Case : Justice: Prosecutors plan to refile murder charges against him in the bludgeon deaths of four.

    May 16, 1990 | JOHN KENDALL | TIMES STAFF WRITER
    With jurors deadlocked 11-1 for conviction, a Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the trial of convicted narcotics dealer Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in the bludgeon murders of four people nearly nine years ago in a Laurel Canyon drug den.

    Prosecutors immediately promised that the 60-year-old Nash will be retried. Judge Curtis Rappe scheduled a May 30 hearing to consider a new trial date.

    Lawyers on both sides expressed disappointment that jurors had been unable to reach a verdict after nearly four months of testimony and 3 1/2 days of deliberation.

    Nash showed no emotion when the mistrial was announced and was returned to jail, where he is being held without bail, to await the hearing.

    Tuesday’s mistrial did not affect the deliberations of another jury considering murder charges against Gregory DeWitt Diles, 41, a former Nash bodyguard who is also accused of the four slayings. Under an unusual arrangement, Nash and Diles were tried simultaneously before Rappe with two separate panels considering only the evidence against a designated defendant.
    Both Nash and Diles are accused of slaying William Deverell, 42, Joy Miller, 46, Barbara Richardson, 22, and Ronald Launius, 37, in a house on Wonderland Avenue in the early hours of July 1, 1981.

    A survivor, Susan Launius, 25 at the time, suffered brain damage and has been unable to identify her assailants.

    Prosecutors charge that Nash, then a wealthy nightclub owner, ordered the murders in retaliation for a robbery at his Studio City home about 40 hours earlier.

    Before Tuesday’s mistrial, Rappe was advised by note that one of the jurors refused to follow the court’s instruction to consider circumstantial evidence and therefore the jury was deadlocked.

    But before accepting foreman Robert Burke’s opinion that the panelists would be unable to reach a decision on Nash’s guilt or innocence, Rappe sent them back to decide whether there was a chance that further deliberations might result in a verdict.

    Burke led the jurors back into the courtroom a few minutes later, however, and told Rappe, “There is nothing that’s going to change anything.”

    Later, outside court, Burke told reporters that the jury was deadlocked 11-1 for conviction.

    “One juror did not feel that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Burke declared. “I thought he was guilty myself.”

    “Personally, I believe he was not guilty,” the holdout, Shaunte Taylor, 18, of Los Angeles, told reporters. “The prosecution did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    Taylor described prosecution witnesses as “liars” who testified in exchange for favors, such as shorter sentences in other cases. The young woman said she withstood great pressure from fellow jurors, who wanted her to change her mind.

    “I’m very disappointed,” said defense attorney Jeff Brodey. “I hate to have to try this again.”

    Deputy Dist. Atty. Dale Davidson said the mistrial represented four months of work “down the drain.

    “It’s unfortunate,” he said. “We’ll try again.”

    After years of insistence that they knew who committed the Laurel Canyon murders, authorities formally charged Nash and Diles two years ago, alleging they had unearthed new evidence.

    The murders were originally blamed on pornographic film star John C. Holmes. Holmes was acquitted in 1982 and died in 1988 of complications from AIDS.

     
  • John 4:45 pm on September 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Prelude To A Rock Concert, 1980–83 

    Credit to the Corpus Christi Times.

     
  • John 3:07 pm on September 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Wonderland Murders podcast by Darkness Radio with guest author Michael Connelly 

    https://www.spreaker.com/episode/45503178

     
  • John 9:27 am on September 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Pre-Death Photo of General John Bell Hood Surfaces… 

    Circa 1879, before yellow fever killed he and his wife and left their ten kids as orphans. They were broke at this point and living off the charity of Lost Cause groups. Photo probably taken in New Orleans, 1876-79.

    This is his wife, Anne, younger and before having ten effin’ kids – and in general…. during happier times:

     
  • John 3:25 pm on August 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    https://www.thedailybeast.com/a-prison-interview-with-scott-thorson-wonderland-murders-witness-and-liberaces-pet

    Here we go, folks…. I’ve checked the podcast, it’s cool. Scott needs a gofundme LOL (No!)

     
  • John 12:35 pm on August 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    (Mostly) Adult Newsstands of L.A. in the 70s 

    Lo and behold! You may not find this anywhere but here….

     
    • Denise 12:43 pm on August 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Wow – Eddie’s tombstone.

  • John 5:45 pm on March 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    My Podcast with Roberta Glass 

    Sept, 2020 podcast

    Wonderland1981 - The Wonderland Murders

    Click here for the YouTube link. 55 minutes. Check out Roberta’s other podcasts, she is awesome!

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    • District 4:43 am on April 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Estates

    • Sabrina D 6:42 pm on July 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I listened to that Podcast today! I’ve been listening to Roberta Glass for a few months and have bingeing on her videos. She led me to this blog. I look forward to falling down many rabbit holes here!

    • Josh 10:01 am on August 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hey just wondering when the book will be out? Been following this page since I found it in late 2013. Been following the story since 2013 reading the present books that have been out from others that have written about it.

  • John 9:17 pm on September 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Accountant Says Nash Was At Wonderland That Night 

    Wonderland1981 - The Wonderland Murders

    For what it’s worth… if Nash was there, then I bet that hot-headed Palestinian was having a field day. Makes sense, a prideful, honor-bound guy like him would want direct involvement. Terrifying to think now what Billy went through. Payback is a real bitch sometimes.

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    WITNESS SAYS EX-BODYGUARD DETAILED NASH ROLE IN SLAYINGS

    January 10, 1989
    SANDI GIBBONS, Daily News of L.A. Staff Writer
    Illustration: photo (Not found, but I want that photo!)

    The 300-pound former bodyguard for one-time nightclub owner Eddie Nash implicated himself and Nash in the 1981 Laurel Canyon bludgeoning of four people, a witness testified Monday.

    Nash, 59, of Tarzana, whose real name is Adel Nasrallah, and the bodyguard, Gregory DeWitt Diles, 40, are accused of killing the four people on July 1, 1981 in retaliation for a $1 million dollar robbery at Nash’s former home in…

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    • online 9:41 am on September 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      target

    • wayne 3:24 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was trying to find the exact link between the Vic Weiss murder and the Horace McKenna murder. Can you be specific?

    • Chacha 1:48 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You guys. I am so confused about the layout of the wonderland house that it kept me up last night. OCD is a bitch. So, the carport on the ground floor, the living room on the second, kitchen about 2 and a half feet above the living room, and Ron’s bedroom about 3 feet or so above the kitchen. I looked at photos on Realtor.com, and it seems Ron’s room opened to a patio. It looks the roofline over his room is the top floor. How is Joy and Billy’s room above Rons? Did the roofline slant down?

    • Chair 3:27 pm on January 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Malagasy Ariary

    • quiscustodietipsoscustodes 10:41 am on July 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      S. L. told us much more about that night than the little Internet snippets and the later court testimony would seemingly indicate. She described the man who had lead the assault and who had personally attacked her, with enough specifics to confirm that it was Diles. She described the black attackers with enough details to let us ascertain the presence of Diles’s brother. She saw and heard far more than has been written about, including confirmation that Diles was specifically looking for Lind, whom he wanted to torture for shooting him – we did not put too much credence in Lind’s claim of “an accidental discharge” – and that Deverell was likely the last one to be killed; he was initially kept alive for a while, as he was being beaten to reveal Lind’s whereabouts, which he did not actually know.

  • John 11:46 am on September 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Night Clubs of Eddie Nash 

    Wonderland1981 - The Wonderland Murders

    We’ve all read the bio, Eddie Nash (Adel Nasrallah), a Palestinian born immigrant, arrived in L.A. with $7 in his pocket. After waiting tables, he bought his first hot dog stand and he grew into a huge entertainment tycoon. By the 1970s, he was really freeking loaded. His main rackets were his night clubs. They covered as a front for his other activities, vices and crimes as well. He was quite a generous guy though. If you have not read about the women he loved and how he once helped a woman and her autistic son, google it. Get out the Kleenex first. Heartwarming!

    This post features a few of his old clubs. A music venue and a teen dance club. At one point Eddie Nash had 25+ liquor licenses in the Los Angeles area. This gives you a picture of his largess, and what the business scene was like behind…

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    • James historiographer 12:40 pm on March 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I found a RICO indictment of Eddie Nash that has charges on there from 1962. He was running dope with the Corsicans in the 1960’s. Eddie knew them from the Middle East. I think Eddie Nash did the RFK Assassination using Sirhan Sirhan. Eddie Nash knows hotels and he knows Christian Palestinian thinking. Eddie could have sent money to Palestine for a family member. Sirhan Sirhan could have owed Eddie Nash money for drugs or both. Eddie knows equestrians and probably met SIrhan Sirhan in Corona, CA while Sirhan Sirhan was working at the stables. Eddie Nash only got caught on a fraction of the crime he committed. Eddie started dealing drugs during the 1960’s. Maybe as early as 1962. I have reason to believe Nash hit RFK. The Corsicans killed JFK and RFK for the same reason. They both said they were going to end Vietnam, an epicenter for heroin production by 1968. JFK first supported the French and then when he ordered a pull out in 1963, they had JFK killed. When they thought RFK was going to win the presidency, they knew he would end Vietnam. The Corsicans also knew Nixon would continue the Vietnam War even though he was campaigning that he to would end the war. I think Eddie Nash did this for his Corsican business associates. Eddie was 39, Sirhan Sirhan was 24 for RFK. Sirhan Sirhan had been working at the equestrian stables since the age of 20. I believe Eddie and SIrhan Sirhan knew each other for 4 years before the RFK Assassination.

      • cole 11:56 am on June 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Very interested to hear more about this – you have time to chat? My email is colelocascio@gmail.com, shoot me a message when you can!

      • Cole 10:41 am on September 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        James, would love to chat further about this when you have the time. Shoot me an email when you get a chance – colelocascio (at) gmail dot com. Thanks!

  • John 11:42 am on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Tom Lange Quotes From “Inches” Book 

    These are Tom Lange quotes from Jill’s book research and notes. Jill C. Nelson and Jennifer Sugar’s “Inches” book is Amazing. Amazon has it. It would be a good addition to any true crime bookshelf.

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    John, this is information Tom Lange touched on briefly when we spoke with him. We didn’t use it verbatim in the book because it couldn’t be confirmed. He said he believed they (LAPD) located the car eventually, that had dropped Holmes off at Sharon’s or at Bill Amerson’s since both claimed on the record that John arrived at their homes during the early hours on July 1st. The distance between Glenwood and Sherman Oaks is not exactly a hop, skip, and a jump away — it’s approximately eleven miles — so it’s hard to imagine that Holmes arrived at both doorsteps even if he’d had a lift, unless he cloned himself. We asked Lange about the car when it was found, did it have blood in the interior. Lange couldn’t recall or wasn’t certain. He couldn’t commit either way.

    The following are direct quotes from Tom Lange extracted from our September 2007 interview in which he references Dottie Glickman, Scott Thorson, Holmes and Nash. Some of it might be recycled information for readers, some of it not.

    Tom Lange: “We had other witnesses too. We had Hal Glickman’s wife, who is also deceased, who is the one that supposedly drove the killers to the house. She was in hiding, you know, and there was a big rigamarole over that. She was in hiding and she died, too. Dottie Glickman was her name. We looked for the car and we spent hundreds and hundreds of man hours over the years on this thing. We found phony leads. She never really gave us specifics.”

    Tom Lange: “We had Thorson’s car up at Nash’s house right after the murders. He said he overheard Diles beat up John. There’s always a little bit of truth to what someone says. When they’re impeached how much of what they say is true? How much do they embellish their statement for this reason or that reason? Books are written on that subject.”

    Tom Lange: “The pressure was on John. We would have rather not filed a murder charge against John. We wanted him as a witness, but he would have to have been completely forthcoming. Say ‘Yes, I opened the door, I knew what they were going to do.’ And if you were in fear of your life, which he probably was, then that’s what you say. ‘I saw them go to the victims and I saw them beat the victims and they made me take some whacks, I had blood on me. I went to Sharon’s house and I went to Amerson’s house,’ wherever he went. ‘This is what I did and this is what I did with the clothing.’ He needed to make a bold confession, not little admissions where he ended up playing a game. If he did that, then he would have been a witness and given immunity. But instead he played the game. Therefore, we had to put this so-called domino theory into effect to pressure him.”

    Tom Lange: “Nash was a suspect and certainly the motive was very strong and we’d done a background on all these people. We were finding out that Nash had been very insulated in the city for all these years, like the Teflon Don thing. Nobody could ever nail him. And there was a reason for that. You had political corruption, and you had police corruption, and he was a very insulated individual. This was rampant. That’s why he walked for so many years, and basically, he got away with anything he wanted. So, he was a hard nut to crack.

    Of course, then we found out that the feds were investigating him and there were dirty feds involved. Corrupt feds. They had come to our department behind our back and said that we were dirty and we were in bed with Ed Nash — forcing our department to investigate us when they were the ones that were involved — thereby derailing the investigation for a number of years. Which is exactly what they wanted to do.

     
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