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

    Accountant Says Nash Was At Wonderland That Night 

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

    The Night Clubs of Eddie Nash 

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    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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  • 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.

     
  • John 9:10 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Ed Nash Sends Holmes A Letter In Jail 

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    This is strange. From jail, Nash sends Holmes a letter after his sentencing for having all of that cocaine in his house. He urges John to “tell the truth”, which to Holmes means “make up another story” and continue the ruse… pathetic. What he tells the grand jury to obtain his freedom is unknown and sealed. But, it would be the second group of lies, and probably the same set of lies that appear in his later autobiography. I recently saw that book at a used bookstore for like $2. I did not even pick it up, let alone look at it. It’s fiction. I should have moved it to the fiction section.

    At his trial, John’s defense was that he was taken to the house “under duress” with a gun to his head. But in his book, “Porn King”, he says that he was kept at another house while…

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    • Erica 2:50 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I really love this entire blog. Since I recently found it, I know I have a lot of catching up to do but I am having a really hard hard time navigating through this. I downloaded the WordPress app thinking it would be easier but it’s not. Any suggestions?

    • John 4:49 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I dibn’t care for it either, going back to the older version

  • John 7:22 pm on September 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Interview With Kevin DeVerrell 

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    For those visitors and new arrivals who missed it…

    From March, 2014. (My SoundCloud homepage and main menu)

    Thanks again to Kevin for talking to me. It was great to meet him in 2016 when he came to Houston. Like many relatives of the victims in this tragedy, he went and made a great life for he and his family. I tip my cap…

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  • John 8:35 am on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Gary Fontenot, Manager Of The Starwood 

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    Gary Fontenot was the manager of the Starwood during its heyday in the seventies and until the club closed in 1981. Although we heard a bit about Gary from Lee who worked at the Starwood (read those amazing posts here), not much else was really known about him. Gary was from a large family and he grew up in a very small town in southwestern Louisiana. Like so many others, he headed out west to Los Angeles to seek a better life.

    Gary passed away in Honduras in March of 1999. From the information available, it is easy to say that Gary Fontenot was a good man. I thank his brother, Patrick, for answering some of my questions and filling in the blanks.

    Rest in peace, Gary.

    In Memory of Gary Fontenot. Rest in Peace. In Memory of Gary Fontenot. Rest in Peace.

    Here is a start John…keeping in mind that I was living in Victorville California…stationed…

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  • John 2:46 pm on September 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    My Podcast with Roberta Glass 

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

     
  • John 1:16 pm on September 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Interior Photos of the House 

    You may find more at Zillow. Simply type in 8763 Wonderland Avenue.

     
    • Erica 1:44 pm on September 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      These are amazing!

    • donjuan951 3:24 pm on September 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Man it sure has changed WOW!

  • John 4:19 pm on August 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Obituary for Sharon Holmes 

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    1959 Yearbook Photo 1959 Sophomore Yearbook Photo

    Sharon Gebenini

    Haines

    1943-2012

    Sharon Gebenini, 69, died on Oct. 28, 2012, in Haines. 

    A memorial service will be held at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center at 11 a.m. Saturday.  All are welcome to come and share memories of Sharon.

    Sharon Gebenini was born on June 11, 1943, in Renton, Wash., the daughter of Roy and Betty Ann (Wilson) Gebenini. 

    Her early years were spent there where she was raised by her grandmother, Hattie Wilson, who was the wife of the city’s mayor. Her father was in the Army, and when she was teenager, the family was stationed in Germany, where she attended high school. When the family returned to the United States, she went to California, where she graduated from L.A. County School of Nursing.

    After graduation, she went to work for a Glendale pediatrician, Dr. H. Nuttycombe. She was a caring and…

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    • JohnnyFan 6:38 pm on September 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sharon was smokin’ when she was in high school. It’s easy to see why Johnny Wadd was attracted to her.

  • John 9:32 am on August 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

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

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    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…

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