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  • John 11:39 am on July 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    1958 – Bill Vlick Roughs Up Foreign Exchange Student 

    He was allegedly defending the honor of a young lady. This occurred at the famous Garden of Allah Hotel. Vlick died a few years ago at an old folks home in Vegas. He was a peripheral character and infamous L.A. hustler in the Wonderland story. Use the blog search button to read more about this man.

    From a Van Nuys newspaper

    From a Van Nuys newspaper

     
    • harry 2:47 pm on March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      just curious… is bill dead ? i knew him years ago. i know he was in vegas. but didn’t know his status

  • John 10:03 am on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Ricco’s House Walking Distance To Wonderland 

    From the various news clippings, we learn that Bill “Ricco” Vlick, Joy’s alleged supplier, lived “a few blocks away” in a “wood shingled house”. The street is named Holly Place. It’s been 3 decades, there is apparently no wood shingled house, or none that I could see from satellite view. The Google car did not bother going up this street = no street view available.

    Holly Place is a short, dead-end street about 200 yards long. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk from 8763 Wonderland.

    Standing on Wonderland, hanging a right onto Bill's street

    Standing on Wonderland, looking up Bill’s old street. 8763 is 1/4 mile that way –>

    Bill's street at Red pin. Wonderland at approximately the yellow arrow

    Bill’s street at Red pin. Wonderland at approximately the yellow arrow.

    Have a great Monday. Mine started out shitty but is bound to get better!

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 12:23 pm on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hope your Monday gets better!!

    • Patrick 10:48 pm on October 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Is there anyone out there who knew Bill “Rico” Vlick? Please email me at pengeleiter@efreightcourier.com
      I am doing research on a project and keep finding more and more fascinating people involved w/ the Wonderland group. I know William passed away in Jan in a assisted living in Vegas. His longtime partner Rosemary McKee passed away shortly before Bill and left a trust fund for him. I cannot find any relatives of Bill Vlick and nobody claimed him nor was there a funeral service. According to his group home counselor after Rosemary died he had no visitors and nobody at the home had any clue of his history. They all thought he was a sweet old man. Little did they know he had slept w / Marcia Brady in exchange for coke. There has to be people From that area who either bought or workedw/ Vlick? Relatives ? Anyone who can help me research further. I am willing to compensate for good reliable info. John would love to chat. Call me or let’s set a time to talk. Thanks

      • John 6:14 am on October 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Patrick, this is amazing on the ground research. I like how you pound the pavement, Sir! I will call you this week.

      • Joel J Rane 9:12 pm on August 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t even know if this blog is active, but I’ll email you. I knew Rico as a kid…never even knew his real name until much later. He was a good friend of my uncle’s.

  • John 2:18 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Wonderland Murders: 1981 News Article Confirms Bill Vlick’s Age, He’s Alive 

    Bill Vlick was Joy Miller’s partner in crime and in drug dealing before the Wonderland Murders. I’m told this is how she met Ron Launius. I was also wondering if Bill was still alive, or if he had ever served time, etc. He was 53 at the time of the murders. I am not sure about serving time, but he is definitely alive, 85 years old, and living well in Las Vegas. He lives in a nice house with a pool. Enjoying retirement, I guess.

    The crazy world of Wonderland just keeps on giving…info, that is. Thanks internet!

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    Four beaten to death one woman survives

    LOS ANGELES AP

    A woman who was one of four people found beaten to death in a stylish Hollywood Hills home was arrested in a drug raid at the house last year according to court papers. The woman Joy A Miller had been under police surveillance for the last six months the documents said. Ms Miller the former wife of a Beverly Hills lawyer was arrested in a raid at the house June 4 1980 which turned up about an ounce each of heroin cocaine and methaqualone a depressant the documents said. One of her codefendants in that case William John Vlick, 53, was described in todays editions of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner as having links to organized crime. It quoted a Los Angeles district attorneys dum as saying Vlick is believed to be variously connected with local organized crime.

    Dennis Choat the deputy district attorney who filed the June 4 charges against Ms Miller, Vlick and another woman said of Vlick “He’s a known associate of underworld figures but hes not believed to be syndicate connected”. Police would not say Thursday whether their investigation of the killings would focus on a possible drug connection.

    The killings occurred early Wed but were not discovered until that afternoon when neighbors heard a woman the only apparent survivor of the attack pleading for help. Investigators said neighbors ignored cries of please dont kill me because they had grown used to noise and screaming from the house.

    Also killed was William Deverell 44 identified in court records as Ms Millers lover said Pam Eaker a coroners investigator Deputy Los Angeles County Coroner Carlos Vasquez identified the other two victims as Barbara Lee Richardson 22 of Sacramento and Ronald Launius 37 of Olivehurst.

    The survivor a woman who also was not identified regained consciousness in the intensive care unit at Medical Center and was interviewed Thursday by detectives a hospital source said Investigators would not comment on what she told them. Her head and neck had been cut and bruised and the tip of a finger cut away in what hospital spokesman Larry Baum described as a classic defense wound. She remained on the critical list.

     

     
    • pixie 2:27 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to know how he got out of the drug trade. I’d also love to know what he did after his trial (assuming that he went to trial).

      • John 2:27 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        maybe he never left the drug trade 😉

        • pixie 2:29 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink

          Maybe. And maybe I’m operating on stereotypes here, but I like to think he’d have a grander house if he never left the drug trade (lol).

        • John 2:36 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink

          Thanks again! for the info, you made my week/month!

        • pixie 2:40 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink

          You’re welcome!

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