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  • 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!

     
    • Soft 12:47 pm on September 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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

      Reblogged this on Wonderland1981 – The Wonderland Murders and commented:

      Sept, 2020 podcast

    • David T Gurney 2:54 am on July 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for reminding me of this case. I was 11 when the murders were committed. To me that interests me are the personalities associated with people on the edge. Many years ago I hung around with a very similar crowd (albeit not anywhere nearly as violent or extreme). It is frightening how people can get caught up in the lifestyle and very few can break free of it but most end up circling the drain. I had a friend who had a really sweet girl but got caught up in the life and she reminded me of Julianne Moore’s character in Boogie Nights. She had a daughter that was taken away from her and it broke her.

  • 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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  • 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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