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  • John 9:19 am on August 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Kit Kat Club At Night (1984) 

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    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.

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  • John 9:48 pm on August 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Nash Robbery And The Aftermath 

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    According to David Lind, the gang used Liquid Band-Aid on their fingertips during the Nash robbery. This was to avoid leaving fingerprints and to allow them to be more nimble with their hands; tying people up, holding guns, searching the house for drugs and valuables, and to open the safe. The Liquid Band-Aid idea was allegedly Barbara Richardson’s, as she and Joy had attended the planning meetings for the robbery.

    When the gang arrived back at Wonderland, Lind immediately pointed at Holmes and told Ron Launius not to tell Holmes anything. Joy and Barbara left and headed to the Canyon Store for cigs and booze, while John paced and waited in the living room. Billy, Ron and Dave were splitting up and taking inventory of the loot in Ron’s bedroom.  They hid most of the drugs and cash there, and brought out some drugs and cash to party with and…

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  • John 9:47 pm on August 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Day Before The Murders – June 30, 1981 

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    Newly found information has come to light for the day before the murders. Bare with me, as John Holmes must have said a few thousand times.

    Let’s break it down, shall we?

    7am

    According to her testimony, Susan arrived at the house at 7am on Tuesday, June 30, and did not leave the entire day. In addition, besides Ronnie, she only remembers meeting Joy Miller (“someone named Joy”). However, besides obviously meeting Billy and Barbara, she must have also met David Lind that morning before he left for his drug-selling errands. I’m not sure that she met Holmes. If indeed, Ronnie punched him in the stomach for complaining about his share of the take, then I assume John got the hell out of there asap. I also doubt that Ronnie wanted Johnny Wadd around when his estranged wife was there. That would be annoying and hard to explain.

    9-10am

    David…

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  • John 9:47 pm on August 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Testimony of David Lind, Part 2 

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    Thanks to Bonnie for providing the testimony. Muy Bien, Chica!

    Here is part 2!  We get to see that Billy actually went up into Nash’s attic and found $10,000. And also that Ron had a Jeckyl and Hyde personality…he ran hot and cold. That’s classic.

    1972 Cadillac used in the film. I think Nash had a Lincoln Town Car in real life. 1972 Cadillac used in the film. I think Nash had a Lincoln Town Car in real life.

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    Q: What else was taken?
    A: Mr. Holmes had informed us earlier at the residence that there was also a laboratory vial,
    approximately eight to ten inches in length, half an inch in diameter, full of heroin which he called “China White”; that it was in the area of Mr. Nash’s dresser. We proceeded to pick that up. Also that there was an attaché case full of money and jewelry.

    Q: Did Holmes tell you this?
    A: Oh yes.

    Q: Did you find…

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  • John 9:46 pm on August 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Testimony of Susan Launius at John Holmes’ Trial 

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    This testimony was obtained via the Freedom of Information Act from the Federal Office of Mind Your Own Business.

    SUSAN LAUNIUS

    Called as a witness by the People,

    was sworn and testified as follows:

    DIRECT EXAMINATION

    BY MR. COEN:

    Q: Miss Launius, were you the wife of Ronald Launius?

    A: Yes.

    Q: And directing your attention to sometime around June 30 of 1981, did you go to the residence at 8763 Wonderland Avenue in Los Angeles?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Was this your husband’s house?

    A: Yes.

    Q: At the time you were not living with him?

    A: No, I wasn’t.

    Q: And do you recall if you spent the night there?

    A: Yes. I believe I did.

    Q: And do you recall laying down on a bed?

    A: Yes.

    Q: And were you laying down alone or was there someone with you?

    A: Ron was with me.

    Q: Miss Launius…

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  • John 9:45 pm on August 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Testimony of David Lind, Part 1 

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    This is the beginning of David Lind’s testimony at the preliminary trial for John Holmes in February, 1982. To be continued…

    One thing is certain, Holmes had a damn good lawyer. He chimes in a few times.

    More to come.

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    DAVID CLAY LIND

    Called as a witness by the People, was sworn and testified as follows:

    DIRECT EXAMINATION
    BY MR. COEN (Prosecutor):
    Q: Mr. Lind, do you know the defendant?
    A: Yes, I do.

    Q: Directing your attention to sometime prior to June 29, 1981: Were you at 8763 Wonderland in Los Angeles?
    A: Yes, I was.

    Q: By the way, was Barbara Richardson your girlfriend?
    A: Yes.

    Q: And sometime prior to June 29, 1981, did you have a conversation with the defendant regarding a proposed robbery?
    A: Yes. Several.

    Q: When was the first conversation?
    A: Approximately one week prior to…

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  • John 1:04 am on August 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    John Holmes – Wonderland In His Own Words 

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    Here is part one of the video where John is talking to his ghost writer in the mid-80s. They are in a noisy diner, so turn up the volume. The image used in the video is a screenshot of one of the JH web sites owned by his widow.

    Holmes says that he first met the Wonderland Gang when he picked up a cute hitch hiker and she asked to be dropped off there. “I’ll pick up a girl hitch hiking, if she’s reasonably attractive” LOL. What a bullshitter! The people inside then apparently waved him up to come hang out and party. He also is very frightened of David Lind, as you will hear on these tapes. He can’t stop talking about him. In court, Lind gave him the “cut your throat” gesture, with the finger. He also describes Lind as “a big motherfucker”. I have a photo of…

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  • John 10:21 pm on August 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    5 Years Later: The Laurel Canyon Murders 

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    Enjoy. It is over 2,000 words and contains a lot of info.

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    5 YEARS LATER: THE LAUREL CANYON MURDERS

    July 6, 1986

    ARNIE FRIEDMAN, L.A. Daily News Staff Writer
    Illustration: 7 photos (I wish! Where are they 😉

    Lookout Mountain Avenue meanders through the heart of heavily wooded Laurel Canyon, past a few wood-frame and stucco houses perched on hillsides.

    Tiny side streets with quaint names such as Hermits Glen and Horseshoe Canyon Road branch off the narrow main avenue as it passes by an elementary school playground.

    Wonderland Avenue splits away from Lookout Mountain just past the playground. Its houses are clustered close together.

    Five years ago, this neighborhood where residents cling fiercely to their privacy was shattered by a crime so horrible that Los Angeles police at first compared it to the Charles Manson family murders.
    Four people were…

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  • John 10:14 pm on August 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Two Acquitted In Second Trial For ’81 Laurel Canyon Murders 

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    Special thanks to reader, localarts, for posting a few names which helped me locate this incredible article. This story lends to the alternate theory of how maybe some other hoodlums carried out the murders, and not Nash or Diles. Well, it was enough for the juries to believe, and Nash and Diles were acquitted. I don’t believe it, but hey, make up your own mind! Maybe Eddie and O.J. Simpson can form a club and go find out who the real killers were, LOL.

    And now… “Fat Howard” Cook and Paul Kelly enter the Wonderland story. Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. After this trial, we did not hear from Eddie Nash for almost 5 years, until the Russian Mafia story came out and his arrest in a pre-dawn raid wearing pajamas at his condo.

    Some interesting points and observations from the article:

    • Three of the victims…

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  • John 10:01 pm on August 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Devil and John Holmes, by Mike Sager (May, 1989) 

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    John Holmes was a porn star. Eddie Nash was a drug lord. Their association ended in one of the most brutal mass murders in the history of Los Angeles.
    Deep in Laurel Canyon, the Wonderland Gang was planning its last heist. It was Sunday evening and the drugs were gone, the money was gone, the situation was desperate. They’d sold a pound of baking soda for a quarter of a million dollars: There were contracts out on their lives. Now they had another idea. They sat around a glass table in the breakfast nook. Before them were two pairs of handcuffs, a stolen police badge, several automatic pistols and a dogeared sheet of paper, a floor plan. They needed a score. This was it.
    There were seven of them meeting in the house on Wonderland Avenue, a jaundiced stucco box on a steep, winding road in the hills above Holly-…

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