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  • John 3:46 pm on August 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Ghost of Matagorda Plantation 

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    This post is about the grandson of the famous Confederate General, John Bell Hood.

    Matagorda in winter. Matagorda in winter.

    Farmer and former Confederate, David M. Russell, was a wealthy planter who owned a large plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi. In 1879, he adopted one of John Bell Hood’s orphans after both parents died in New Orleans of yellow fever. A call was put out by friends and this boy, John Jr., and nine other siblings (including three sets of twins) were adopted by families across the southern and northeastern United States.

    John Bell Hood, Jr. was raised on Matagorda Plantation during the late 1800s by Colonel Russell. When the aging “Colonel” David Russell passed away in the late 1910s, John, Jr. married Russell’s second and much younger wife, Maggie. After John took over the plantation, it continued to prosper into the 1920s. For John and his once-stepmother/now-wife, they were living the American dream.

    Maggie, Robin, John Jr and John III Maggie…

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  • John 8:37 am on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Requiem for a Heavy Wadd – August, 1988 Article 

    Great article…

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    To read a big section of the lengthy 1983 Hustler interview with Holmes that I found, go here. It’s on my blog.

    This 1988 article is long, no pun intended. Caution: Profanity below!! I did not alter the photo, someone else did I guess. You will notice a few of the usual inconsistencies with the facts of his life and of other stuff, albeit with what we know about John today…but it’s an entertaining piece nonetheless. Hell, it’s over 25 years old. As the Big Lebowski once said “new shit has come to light!”. Hopefully Jill can drop a few lines in the comments about this gem!


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    August 1988 August 1988 – Hey, I’ve got $4.50.

    Requiem for a Heavy Wadd

    Courtesy of Hustler Magazine – Anthony R. Lovett – August 1988 

    John C. Holmes’s journey from scum sack to body bag.

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    • smauge 4:55 am on August 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Haha nice G string!

    • Criticextraordinaire 5:56 pm on August 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Johnny Wadd was a stand-up guy. He’d rather languish in jail than rat out his associates. He learned the two most important things: Never rat in your friends, and always keep your mouth shut!

  • John 10:06 am on August 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Return Of Ron Launius! 

    I’m still here.

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    Not really. Just some small info to keep your fires burning…

    In June of 1957, David Lind applied for Social Security disability benefits but he was denied. Disability type was not listed. (document found via cross-reference of his mother’s name)

    After having reached the lawful minimum of living in the United States for five years, and with gainful employment, in 1956, Ed applied for his Naturalization in the USA via Milwaukee where he of course owned a restaurant called “Eat’n Time”. One of his female relatives owned or worked at Shamalie’s Dinnette restaurant. Even at this point, he was already living in a big brick home with his wife Maria from Milwaukee and his baby daughter. Seven dollars my ass! The Nash was smart: the old “marry a citizen and have an anchor baby” trick! …and then your newfound citizenship simply consists of filling out some paperwork. In 1956, Ed’s first…

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  • John 7:55 pm on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Beach and the Pole – The Execution of C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. 

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    by John Weghorst

    Author’s Note

    There is quite a bit of false information out on web sites, other blogs and discussion boards regarding the coup and the executions. Over the years, these inaccuracies have bothered me to the point of writing my own article or essay about the events of April, 1980 in Liberia. The information below is true and pieced together from trustworthy sources and interviews. My sources are firm, taken from former ministers and other eyewitness testimony which includes newspaper interviews, firsthand accounts of journalists and diplomats and also from depositions taken from witnesses at a few Truth and Reconciliation Council hearings.

    I am not from Liberia, but I have always been fascinated with the country and hope to visit someday soon.

    Thank you for reading.
    God bless Liberia.


    The Executions of April 22, 1980 in Monrovia, Liberia

    Who is Charles Cecil Dennis, Jr.?

    Born 1931, Montserrado…

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    • Patrick E 1:44 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      John, when or what year was Eddie in Milwaukee? I thought he emigrated to Southern Cal in early 50’s? Is Debra or Maria still in Milwaukee? Would love to contact them. Does he still have relatives in Milwaukee. I can go to the local library to find info on his original restaurant and where it was located? Any further info would be awesome John, thank you! Still looking for friends of Ron and Billy, Paul Kelly, Mr Vegas, Fat Howard? Contact me. Thank you.

      • John 11:17 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        He first landed there in 1950. Was a machinist, then ran a diner. About 5 years later he fled his marriage and kid, went to LA.

  • John 7:53 pm on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    by John Weghorst Author’s Note There is quite a bit of false information out on web sites, other blogs and discussion boards regarding the coup and the executions. Over the years, these inaccuracies have bothered me to the point of writing my own article or essay about the events of April, 1980 in Liberia. The […]
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  • John 7:49 pm on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Holmes In 1983 Hustler Interview & 1983 Playboy Article 

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    I was aware of the Playboy article in 1983, but I did not know about the Hustler interview which Jill mentioned over the weekend. I found part of it and am trying to find the rest.

    There is also that elusive Playboy article from the same year. I was going to surprise everyone with a post but I have never found it. The April, 1983 Playboy article about Holmes and the murders seems like it would be similar to the 1989 Rolling Stone piece by Mike Sager. I am not sure if it’s an interview and I cannot find anything but the magazine cover. I have been looking for months, and the best I can do is order all 12 issues from 1983 on eBay. No thanks. I’ll forget they are in the garage, and down the road my next girlfriend will find them. Never fails.

    Let me know if…

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  • John 7:43 pm on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Porn Star’s Death Doesn’t Make For Humor 

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    When John Holmes died in 1988, a local writer for the Texan, the school newspaper for the University of Texas, wrote a scathing rebuttal to an earlier hit piece in The Austin Chronicle (which is a free city paper found at any bus stop). The original column which I cannot find now, was titled something like “I’m glad he’s dead”. It was very brief, rude and is best summarized below by Lee Nichols. It’s strange, because as heated as both articles were, neither mentioned the Wonderland saga. Quite a bizarre war of words, and it happened 25+ years ago. In 1988, people still did not understand AIDS. Hell, I still remember the bad jokes. Famine, cancer and AIDS are just not good topics for comedy.

    Have a nice weekend.

    1988 1988

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  • John 7:27 pm on July 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    I can see how after a long war, when the final battle to save your way of life is over and all is lost, that somehow it could be more dignified to end one’s life, than to face the humiliation of defeat. To the victor go the spoils. All throughout human history, suicides occur en […]
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  • John 6:50 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The 7 Seas Restaurant in 1963 

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    Thanks to Vintage L.A. for sharing this classic photo of Hollywood Blvd. The 7 Seas building was recently sold again in July, 2013 for crazy money. The previous owner purchased it from Eddie Nash in 2007. Ed also had his main office upstairs for his umbrella corporation “Adel, Inc.” which I guess governed some of his business ventures and probably contained a large safe. That’s according to a corporate directory I once found. This location was a mere hop, skip and jump for Greg Diles to drive Ed to from his house in Studio City.


    The building’s seller, infamous impresario Eddie Nash, agreed to part with the retail and office structure for an undisclosed price.

    …Eddie Nash, who owned the building for almost 50 years, said he finally agreed to sell after a CIM executive “wore me out.” (oh Ed, you so craaazay!)

    …Much of the time Nash owned…

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  • John 6:49 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The Wonderland Timeline 

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    I have started this timeline of events because the Wonderland saga can get really confusing… especially when you are trying to figure out Eddie Nash’s legal woes, arrests, other crimes, etc. That guy could write a book on the legal system all by himself.

    Please post anything missing in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


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    Wonderland Timeline of Events

    Late 1940s

    Adel Nasrallah arrives in Southern California from the middle east (Palestine). He was born near Ramallah in 1929 is of Palestinian Christian descent.


    Eddie Nash stars in the Cisco Kid episode “Quarter Horse”. He is credited as “Eddie Nash”, and his character is called “Nash”.

    Circa 1950s

    Eddie owns Beef’s Chuck hot dog stand on Hollywood Blvd. Decades later during the 1980s, a woman with an autistic son whom Ed…

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    • donjuan951 4:21 am on July 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome info brother John keep it up. I’m 50 miles from that very place

    • donjuan951 4:22 am on July 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Didnt know he had a cameo

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