Det. Bob Souza: Launius Was A Tough Son Of A Bitch

Holmes was afraid of Ron Launius, the leader of the Wonderland Avenue Gang. Launius called Holmes “donkey dick,” which would be a compliment to most guys, but it was the way Launius said it, as an insult. Launius used to say to Holmes, “Hey, show ’em your dick. Pull it out.”

You know, Launius just treated Holmes like a butt boy. And Launius was a tough son of a bitch.

So Holmes was shootin’ off his mouth at the Wonderland house about Eddie Nash, and Ron Launius heard him talking. And Launius started asking a lot of questions about Nash: “Has he got any dope? Has he got guns? You know, what’s he got? Got any jewelry in there?”

Ron Launius was a fuckin’ thief from way back, so he’s thinking, Hey, this looks like a pretty good score.The Wonderland Avenue Gang was doing residential robberies at that time; that was their big thing. They were going out and ripping off other drug dealers. So you know you got some tough bastards when they’re robbing other dope dealers. ‘Cause you know you’re gonna face some guns.

— Bob Souza (L.A.P.D. homicide detective)

"It's a 10 minute drive, he's been gone 8 hours, I'm gonna kill that snake!"

“It’s a 10 minute drive, he’s been gone 8 hours, I’m gonna kill that snake!”


“Pop Shots: The Uncensored Oral History of the Adult Film Industry” by Legs McNeil