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  • John 5:51 pm on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    McCourt In Police Shooting 

    Thanks to critic for this gem from the past… around 1989ish, just in time for Tracy to get protection from LA County and anyone else before/during the first Nash-Diles trial.


    Another thing Tracy was caught forging was more prescriptions, pre-Wonderland.


    • Bobby Heasley 2:28 am on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Wait wtf? As I’m reading this article, my first thoughts were; ‘ONLY 6 MOS. in jail for SHOOTING A POLICE OFFICER?? How is this possible??’ … Then super quickly my next thoughts were; ‘Wait… Why is he receiving ANY jail time at all? If the police officer “accidentally discharged” his own weapon, why was he being charged with ANY crime at all?? (fraud, forgery not withstanding obv.)’

      This case, the people attached to it and even the Wonderland home itself has so many twist and subplots and best of all… fascinating stories and the stories never end. And the crazy thing is (aside from the speculation of Launius being involved in at least 28 murders) most of the stories seem to have some hint of truth to them.

      Bobby H.

      • localarts 11:11 am on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        For many years I was highly skeptical of the 28 murders Launius was reportedly involved in. Even going so far as to question Roger Jacobs credibility…..I WAS WRONG. Susan Launius told Nils Grevillius that in fact the story about Mexican drug deal / double cross ( Lainius killing her captors ) is true. Tracy McCourt said “Ron is on a whole different level, he kill’s people” And finally, Tom Lange said Ron Launius was a contract killer. If Ron Launius was a contract killer, who sought out his services? The mafia? Just imagine hiring Ron Launius to run a debt collection company!

        • Bobby Heasley 1:21 pm on March 4, 2019 Permalink

          I imagine Ron would have been terrible at it… You can’t collect from someone if they’re dead. If I had to pick 1 member from the wonderland gang to collect a debt on my behalf – no question I’m picking David Lind. In my opinion, Lind was a beast. I’ve read that he could scare the #!*% out of someone just by giving them a look.
          My next pick would be Billy and Joy, but only if they collected together, as a team.

        • criticextraordinaire 6:52 pm on March 9, 2019 Permalink

          I think 28 was the tip of the iceberg. Who knows how many people he blew away down in México. He was really pissed.

      • dirtboy068 10:16 pm on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        my thoughts as well. Wtf, and then why was he charged at all. talk about crazy

    • localarts 2:49 pm on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. David Lind would be perfect debt collector. He was after all a bounty hunter. One has to wonder just how connected Launius was to underworld figures. Of those 28, how manny were committed between 78-81? Maybe John can get his family to open up.

    • Mirko 7:22 am on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi John, I came across this podcast on YouTube. Did you know the story between 26.00 and 27.00? Just curious…

    • Localarts 11:21 am on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Critic, why do you believe 28 is just scratching the surface? Ted Bundy admitted to 30 before he was executed but many believe it was over 100. Clearly, both men were psychopaths and murdered for different reasons. It would be interesting to know where Roger Jacobs got his info as it relates to Launius.

    • Bobby Heasley 11:54 am on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I still think its highly unlikely that Ron, a full-blown heroin addict, would be capable of working as a hit-man and be able to get away with 28+ murders without first getting himself killed or caught. I’ve never been a hit-man and I’ve never tried heroin, so maybe I’m wrong and just don’t know? But I don’t think so

      • Localarts 8:08 pm on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Ron Launius simply because very little is known about him. You hear all these crazy stories which may or may not be true. Tom Lange said Launius was a contract killer and Tom Lange has a lot of credibility. One thing I do know for 100% absolute certainly, had Ron Launius survived that night he would have killed John Holmes free of charge, No contract needed!

        • Bobby Heasley 6:22 am on March 18, 2019 Permalink

          David Lind & Tracy McCourt had 7 years to get their revenge on John Holmes, yet they did nothing and John Holmes was a very touchable man – he was not in any protection program, he didn’t go in to hiding… he had no bodyguards, no security and he didn’t move a large crew to help protect him – and yet, he remained untouched until passing away from AIDS 7 years later.

          I don’t think the wonderland gang was as tough or connected as people today make them out to be. I think that these guys were nothing more than every other drug dealer I’ve ever met… tough talking with an extra $80 bucks in their pocket.

          Eddie Nash on the other hand . . . It took him less than 2 days after the robbery to find and have John Holmes brought to him. The wonderland gang was nothing even close to being in the same league of criminals that Eddie Nash belonged to.

          So, what would Ron Launius had done IF he survived that night… I don’t think he would have done anything.

      • dirtboy068 10:20 pm on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on this. A drug addict getting away with alot of murders,even in that time period I think would be highly unlikely.

    • dirtboy068 10:12 pm on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi. I’m knew to the blog and wanted to say hi to everyone. After watching Wonderland ( one of my all time favorites) naturally I became fascinated by the whole unbelievable story. It’s something about the time in America, that Hollywood nights, the seeded underbelly of cocaine, and the effect it was starting to on society, that I can’t get enough of. I just read the autobiography ” High Concept” about Hollywood executive Don Simpson. Amazing read, highly recommend. How to see more post in the future and replies!!!!

      • John 2:09 pm on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hi man, thanks and glad you found us. I am going to order that Don Simpson book asap. I have always found his story do crazy

    • Localarts 6:32 pm on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Never heard that one, Mirko. Can’t say I’m surprised though.

    • Localarts 1:09 pm on March 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Bobby, I had the same mindset as you when I first read Roger Jacobs book “Long Time Money & Lot’s of Cocaine” back in 05. It sounded to outlandish. Like it was fabricated in order to “sensationalize” Ron Launius into something more than he really was. You’re right. Most every body else at Wonderland were nothing more than drug dealers and thieves. However, with everything we know now from his ex wife, detectives, David Lind, McCourt & Ton Lange, all the evidence suggests Launius was a killer. His body count is debatable but the general concensus is everybody was afraid of Ron Launius for a reason. You can draw your own conclusion but for me there’s too many credible sources that say otherwise.

      I think its kind of obvious David Lind was on the short list of people that want Holmes dead. Lind was not a dumb man. I’m sure David Lind knew he would be one of the first suspects police would look to had something happened to Holmes.

    • Bobby Heasley 5:51 pm on March 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, how about this quesion:

      If the wonderland gang had killed Nash & Diles during the robbery (not doing that was their 2nd biggest mistake) what do you think would have ended up happening to the members of the gang?

      1. They don’t move to Hawaii, they don’t move period. They just sit around and get high off the Nash’s stash, sell a little to pay rent and make ends meet … until…

      2. John Holmes, for obvious reasons becomes a suspect in the “drug deal gone wrong double murder” (the media would have surely jumped on and ran with the ‘drug deal gone wrong’ headlines – they’ll correct it with barely a footnote once the facts completely surface, and some media outlets won’t correct it at all).

      3. Holmes foldes, snitches on his crew and cuts a deal to save himself… goes into the witness protection program.
      3a. Less than 1 year later, missing the attention of the spotlight, Holmes returns to porn and leaves the witness protection prgram. He dies from complications due to AIDS in 1988.

      4. Launius recieves the death penalty after being convicted. He dies in 1992 (liver failure) before the execution can be carried out.
      4a. Lind & Deverall are found guilty and receive life in prison – Lind appeals and due to his previous work as a law enforcement snitch, recieves an 18 to life sentence WITH the possibility of early parole….they both die in prison – Billy from old age, Lind at the hands of fellow inmates (albeit under mysterious circumstancea)
      4b. Barbara and Joy are charged as being accessories to murder –

      Joy pleads guilty, her ex-husband acting as her lawyer negotiates a 7 year sentence… for medical reasons (cancer) she’s released to home confinement 18 months later, dies in 1989.
      Barbara is found NOT guilty! She never folds, she never breaks.. she is released from custody, meets another man and lives the rest her life raising her children in relative anonymity.

      4c. Susan Launius is found guilty of being an accessory to murder after the fact… recieves a 5 year sentence. released from prison 2 1/2 years later in excellent health.

      5. Eddie Nash – his legacy builds and over time, Nash comes to be seen as one of the biggest organized crime bosses in modern history – in 1998 “inside sources” leak out infornation suspecting Nash of ordering 28 murders between 1964 thru 1978
      5a. Greg Diles legacy remains the same for a while, but eventually gets lost in the pages of history. In the movie, his character is played by Bruce Willis.

      • Localarts 12:48 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a lot of speculation Bobby. What we do know to be as close to the facts as possible is: Launius was going to kill both Nash & Diles however, Deverell and Lind talked him out of it. Deverell also talked Launius out of killing the maid during the robbery of the pet store owner who owned the antique guns. Had Launius killed Nash & Diles as he intended to I’m sure any witness would have been killed as well once the heat came down.

      • Suleiman Hodali 8:05 am on April 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        hey bobby where did you locate this information that, “in 1998 “inside sources” leak out infornation suspecting Nash of ordering 28 murders between 1964 thru 1978” ? Curious where this was published. thanks

    • Bobby Heasley 1:42 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      All witnesses? Are you sure about that?

      What about the girls? All three of them (Barbara, Joy & Susan) would have had basic knowledge of the robbery and who the victim was. Barbara & Joy (unsure of Susan) helped the guys with planning the robbery… or at the very least plans were made and names were talked about in front of the girls.

      Even if they don’t tell the girls that they killed Nash & Diles, it’s going to be a MAJOR news story carried by every outlet… they’re going to find out. At that point, all it take is one pissed-off and scorned girlfriend who wants to get even to walk into a police station… and, well… start getting even.

      I guess the conclusion that I’m coming to is that… either way, or anyway you look at it… these guys were f#$*! after robbing Nash. I don’t see any way out for the wonderland gang.

      If they kill Nash & Diles, they’d soon be caught and more than likely spend the rest of their lives in prison…
      If they let them both live… well, I don’t even need to speculate on that one.

      Anyways, I find this story to be very interesting. Especially since I’ve lived my entire life less than 10 minute’s from both the wonderland home and Nash’s house… and I have either been to or driven by almost every location written about about on this blog.
      I just wanted to try and spark some cnversation up on this blog. again.

      • Localarts 4:20 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, it is a fascinating story. That’s cool you live close to all the infamous places mentioned on this blog. I still have my original copy of the Rolling Stone issue ” The Devil and John Holmes” from 1989. That was the first time I ever heard about Wonderland as we know it. I agree. The shit would have hit the fan either way. Launius would have died in prison, I’m almost certain of it. Things have slowed down a bit over the last year or so only because there has been so much info shared there’s not a lot to write about. John is however writing a book of his own about Wonderland and trying to interview the Launius family. Let’s all hope he successful!!

  • John 8:15 am on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

    Final 24 Hours Of Marvin Gaye 

    The best episode in this unique and sad series. The photos are of Marvin’s father.

    Click for video.



  • John 11:51 am on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Holmes Biographer Honored By Santa Monica 

    Fred E. Basten wrote or co-wrote Porn King, the story of Holmes’ life. It is well written but alas, filled with much nonsense and self-aggrandizement of an aging hustler attempting to re-write history.

    That said, Fred has written over 40 books. His tome, Life at the Marmont, is a wonderful history of that hotel, with all its glimpses into the stars of yesteryear.

    The city of Santa Monica honored Fred a while back for his help with the tourism and travel area… Read more.

    Hopefully, I will be talking to Fred next week!


    • Longfellow 12:58 pm on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey john !did Eddie Nash died back in 2014?as per Wikipedia article

      • John 2:25 pm on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, he died. He’s either with the angels, or the devil is putting hot coal up his bum!

        • criticextraordinaire 7:23 am on February 24, 2019 Permalink

          Hey John check out this story on Tracy Ray McCourt. Not sure if I ever saw this on Wonderland1981.

        • John 7:03 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink

          Wow, what a bad ass McCourt was. No titmouse in that article

        • criticextraordinaire 6:50 pm on March 9, 2019 Permalink

          Its no wonder why Tracy outlived the rest of the gamg members. He had street smarts. Anybody who shoots a cop and gets fined like $48 has got some ju Ce for sure.

        • criticextraordinaire 7:24 am on February 24, 2019 Permalink

          Dude shot a cop and basically got sentenced to 16 days in jail.

        • John 8:07 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink

          What year was that article, so I know how to include it in the timeline?

    • localarts 1:28 pm on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great find Critic! I guess Launius was a bad influence, lol. It says “McCourt 39” this would have been in 1988 I think. I guess the judge in Kentucky figured McCourt had more important places to be like Nash’s preliminary trial which started a few months later in Jan of “89.

      • Bobby Heasley 10:32 am on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Or, the cop just accidentally shot himself like the article implies?

  • John 8:44 am on February 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    The Kit Kat Club At Night (1984) 

    This screen capture is from the movie “Suburbia” in 1984. The Kit Kat strip joint also featured performances by rock bands, including the young Red Hot Chili Peppers. According to Hollywood legend, it was here that the band debuted their tube socks over the penis routine. All eyes had been on the strippers, so the band had to win back the audience, while also making tube sock history.


    • Bobby Heasley 10:31 am on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Or, the cop just accidentally shot himself like the article implies?

  • John 5:03 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Wondery’s Wonderland Podcast 

    The Wondery Network’s “Hollywood and Crime” podcast on the case is essential listening to anyone who hasn’t heard it yet. The two narrators do a super job, and as localarts stated, Tom Lange and Bob Souza’s interview is excellent. Also, the chapter on the Nash robbery will have you on the edge of your seat!

    Click image for link:


    • Greg Smith 5:19 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This was amazing! Read Malice in Wonderland, and I’m sure you know but your blog is mentioned by Lange.

      • John 5:21 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Greg… I was shocked. It would be cool to have a beer with Lange & Souza!

        • localarts 11:34 am on February 7, 2019 Permalink

          With a blog this epic ( The benchmark for all other’s ) I’m not surprised Lange gave you props.

    • dirtboy068 10:24 pm on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      can’t wait, going to lesson to it on the way to work

  • John 1:54 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Excerpts from “I, Goldstein” 

    Al Goldstein (RIP) wrote a brilliant chapter on Holmes in his 2006 auto-bio. I never read Screw magazine, so I was unaware of Al’s writing prowess. You can’t put this book down.

    Thanks for coming back!

    “I, John”

    • Tony Loret Loret de Mola 3:32 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent examples John. I’m sure Holmes was involved in this horrible murder.

      • John 4:14 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Tony, yes his willingness was obvious to me

        • localarts 2:49 pm on February 8, 2019 Permalink

          Apparently, Holmes made quite a few trips to Eddie’s after the murders. He was scared to death Nash was going to be after him but he kept making trips over to Dona Lola.. It really doesn’t mesh with the facts.

      • criticextraordinaire 6:30 pm on February 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        John was for he innocent of the murders back in ’82.

        • criticextraordinaire 6:34 pm on February 9, 2019 Permalink

          Typo. That should read “John was found innocent of the murders back in ’82.”

        • localarts 7:06 am on February 11, 2019 Permalink

          There was never enough evidence to convict him. With that said, Holmes was far more complicit in these murders than his side of the story would lead you to believe. If I’m not mistaken, Chris Cox showed up at Eddie’s the day of the robbery sometime in the afternoon and saw Holmes “standing by the bar acting nervous” I don’t think John Holmes needed a whole lot of persuading from Nash. This was simple role reversal.

    • John 4:30 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      To complete the talk of jewelry on the last page, JH told Al that his pinky solitaire ring “…went up my nose in a couple of toots”.

    • Melissia 11:53 pm on February 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I do believe john was scared of eddie. I think he went over there to try to make sure that he wasn’t going to come after him. And trying to keep everything cool and smooth. Also he wanted to leave town since the cops were on him and not only wanted to borrow money but wanted to let ed know he was leaving.

  • John 5:22 pm on January 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    1984 Article: “I Was John Holmes Cell Mate” 

    From the August 1984 issue of High Society…

    • wilberfan 10:30 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Should we take up a collection to get you a scanner? 😉

  • John 1:47 pm on January 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Vicki Morgan’s Old House 

    Old, only because this was forty years ago. Vicki spent her last days roughing it in a generic condo having taken in a crazy guy she met in rehab.

    Vicki lost this home because Alfred Bloomingdale’s wife, sought legal action upon his death to take away everything he promised to Vicki; although she was named in the contracts. This included her 1/2 share in Showbiz Pizza. For more on Vicki, pick up the book “Beautiful Bad Girl” by Gordon Basichis.

    Last sold for $2.78M… very nice:

    • dana 1:28 pm on April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this. The Vicki Morgan case is fascinating. Love the pics!

  • John 10:31 am on January 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    1982 NY Daily News Article 

    “Porn star doesn’t reveal all”

    This is from a special NY Daily monthly column at the time… A Justice Story by Charles W. Bell.

    It’s readable.. although tbe dear reader may need to right-click image, Open in new window, or image viewer, to go full-size.


    • criticextraordinaire 6:32 pm on February 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Jack Wrangler WHO? Johnny Wadd was and will always be The King.

  • John 11:02 am on January 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    New Wonderland Song 

    A peppy song, but it’s about Wonderland. From the band called The Big Nowhere. There is also another song from the band Life is Hard.

    Sorry for being away so long again, get ready for some exciting new posts!

    Here’s the link.


    • Sarah Hunt 8:20 pm on January 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool!


      On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 9:02 AM Wonderland1981 – The Wonderland Murders wrote:

      > John posted: “A peppy song, but it’s about Wonderland. From the band > called The Big Nowhere. There is also another song from the band Life is > Hard. Sorry for being away so long again, get ready for some exciting new > posts! Here’s the link. ” >

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