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  • John 1:23 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Accountant Says Nash Was At Wonderland That Night 

    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 Studio City two days earlier.

    Eugene Glickman, an accountant whose father and uncle were business associates of Nash, said at a preliminary hearing that Diles talked to him about the Laurel Canyon killings at the Kit Kat Club, one of the night spots that Nash owned at the time of the murders.

    “I just heard that they (the Laurel Canyon victims) had robbed Mr. Nash’s house, and that they were beaten to death,” Glickman testified. He said Diles “might” have said he was one of the killers, “but I don’t remember. It’s been years.”

    The witness said he feared Nash and Diles and could remember no more details of the conversation.
    But district attorney’s investigator Thomas Fillmore, who interviewed Glickman nearly two years ago, then testified that, “Gregory Diles told him (Glickman) that he – Gregory Diles – and Ed Nash and two other people committed the Laurel Canyon murders. Diles stated that they beat the individuals to death.”

    Fillmore testified that Glickman made the disclosures about the Laurel Canyon case on May 8, 1987, during a tape recorded interview about insurance fraud against the Southern California Rapid Transit District.

    Glickman later was convicted in the RTD fraud case and in an embezzlement case involving 20th Century Fox, Filmore said. Glickman testified he was placed on three years’ unsupervised probation last year in connection with those cases.

    Richard Lasting, Diles’ attorney, and Nash’s lawyer, Gerald Shaleff tried to get Glickman’s testimony thrown out of court because the witness invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination when he was asked if he used drugs or stole money from Nash when he worked as an accountant for the nightclub owner.

    Municipal Court Judge Marion Obera allowed Glickman’s testimony to stand, however.
    Nash and Diles are accused of killing Ronald Launius, 37; William DeVerell, 42; Joy Audrey Miller, 46; and Barbara Richardson, 22, before dawn July 1, 1981 in a house on Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon. Launius’ wife, Susan, was wounded but survived. Prosecutors said she cannot remember who attacked her.

    Former adult film star John Holmes was tried for the murders, but was acquitted in 1982 and died last year of AIDS-related complications.

    An earlier witness (David Lind), who said he helped steal money, drugs, jewelry and weapons from Nash before the Laurel Canyon killings, testified that Holmes set Nash up to be robbed.

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    • localarts 3:10 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Nash was too smart to put himself at the scene. Eddie was probably doing some freebase while lounging around in his Speedos when the murders occurred.

      • John W 3:53 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Nash was in his speedo, hittin the pipe and lip-syncing along to Sister Christian and Jessie’s Girl…while his grandson lit off firecrackers inside!

      • James DelCol 11:18 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I think Eddie Nash may have been right outside. He was a narcissistic killer. He wanted to hear it, I wouldn’t doubt if he went in after to take a good look. He was a serious hot-head. You don’t plan a mob hit in 2 days. I think he wanted to be right there. Pure rage! I can’t go on this accountant guy’s story though because he sounds a guy trying to get out of trouble. I get the feeling Eddie Nash would at least want to be there. He was just too narcissistic to stay home. Eddie did a lot of things that were crazy as hell. I think he wanted to hear it. McCourt had feeling and saw a black vehicle and split. Lind would have been there it seems, if not by chance he was a drug dealer and decided to go sell something. Lind saw some old buddies in Sacramento and then realized that his friends and girlfriend were all dead.

        • bobabooie 10:31 pm on May 24, 2017 Permalink

          I think that you’ve solved the crime. It was LIND who tipped off Eddie Nash and THEN the cops. David Lind had been a police informant for at least ten years prior to the murders. Why else would he be four hundred miles away at the time of the murder. The truth is that Lind couldn’t get far enough away from that house. I wonder if he felt any guilt over what they did to Barbara?

    • localarts 4:01 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah. Any time I think back to that era of time ( 80,81,82) I always think of some old Supertramp songs.
      Goodby Stranger, The Logical Song, Take the long way home. Those are classics.

    • Chris 5:53 am on June 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve spent one hour reading your blog after looking for some information on the Wonderland gang! Pretty cool stuff you have here and you certainly go deep with the stuff you research, there’s some stuff here that isn’t found elsewhere on the web. Perhaps look into having your stuff hosted at your owned hosted site as WordPress can sometimes be a bit prudish and delete a site for “adult” content.

      I loved Boogie Nights and the ’70s/80s era and how drugs had a major influence on the development of music and films. Love your work and will continue reading it when I have a bit more time. Thanks for posting this unusual stuff!

      Chris

      p.s. I left a link to our forum on the website field, nothing special although you’re welcome to join in as well as others.

      • John 12:21 pm on June 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Chris. Yes, I want to make the blog it’s own domain web site, but the last time I tried it was sort of complicated and I got cold feet. I’ll do it soon, promise! What link did you leave? I don’t see it.

  • John 8:07 am on April 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tuberculosis Test Delays Hearing in 1981 Slayings Case 

    Poor Eddie has had all types of ailments and health issues over the years. All told, he has had a lung removed, a major sinus tumor operation, emphysema, and I believe I read where the skin between the nostrils (nasal septum) of his nose was gone, and had to be replaced with tissue during a plastic surgery operation. Nash has been through the ringer, but he is still kicking and chilling out at his condo in Tarzana.

    Here, we see Nash in jail on the RICO indictment in 2000, while struggling with medical issues.

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    May 25, 2000 | Los Angeles Times

    LOS ANGELES — Former Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash, twice acquitted in the slayings of four people at a Laurel Canyon drug den in 1981, is undergoing tests in the San Bernardino County Jail’s medical ward to determine if he has tuberculosis.

    The 71-year-old Nash, who suffers from emphysema, tested positive for TB Monday when he was taken to Los Angeles federal court for a bail hearing.

    The proceeding was called off after the test results became known. Tuberculosis can be communicated through the air.

    Defense co-counsel Bradley Brunon said Tuesday that Nash had a bout with TB about 40 years ago. He said that the initial skin test is not conclusive and that further tests would determine whether Nash is suffering from a new occurrence.

    A federal grand jury last week returned a 16-count racketeering indictment against Nash, reviving allegations that he directed the Laurel Canyon deaths in retaliation for a $1-million theft of drugs and jewels.

    Nash was tried twice in the slayings. In the first trial, the jury deadlocked 11 to 1 for conviction. He was acquitted in the second trial. The indictment accuses Nash of bribing the holdout juror in the first trial, along with trafficking drugs and other crimes.

    Source:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2000/may/25/local/me-33876

     

     
  • John 9:43 am on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Two Acquitted In Second Trial For ’81 Laurel Canyon Murders 

    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 are described by prosecutors as “penny-ante crooks”. That is my belief too. The Wonderland gang were not big-time! nor were they on top of the L.A. drug trade. They were small time thieves and nickel bag and gram dealers.
    • Diles lost 100 lbs while in the county jail.
    • The prosecution had shady witnesses (Lind, Thorson, etc.). Was McCourt there?
    • In addition to metal pipes, a baseball bat was also used in the killings. This explains how some of the blood spatter was all the way across the living room and other rooms.
    • If I was in legal trouble, then I can appreciate a good defense lawyer, but most are shady…I can’t imagine them hugging Greg Diles after the verdict. I’d have to get in the tub like Holmes to scrub clean!

    …the “Laurel Canyon murders”–killings that came to symbolize fast California lifestyle gone awry…

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    Two Acquitted In Second Trial For ’81 Laurel Canyon Murders

    January 18, 1991 | Laurie Becklund | Los Angeles Times

    Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash and his bodyguard were acquitted of murder late Thursday, a resounding defeat for prosecutors who have tried for a decade to resolve the “Laurel Canyon murders”–killings that came to symbolize fast California lifestyle gone awry.

    Nash, 61, slapped both hands on his desk and smiled broadly, showing emotion for the first time in his long ordeal, as the jury cleared the way for his departure from jail for the first time in more than two years. His co-defendant, Gregory Diles, smiled and hugged his attorneys.

    “There just wasn’t enough evidence to convict them,” juror Bobbi Scoville, 42, a Hawthorne air traffic controller, said afterward. “The only thing that bothers me (about the verdict) is that I don’t know if there will ever be a final settlement of this case. I’m afraid the only people who will ever know who killed those people are the murderers.”

    Prosecutors Dale Davidson and Carol Najera of the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, who were trying the two men for the second time after a mistrial last year, left the courtroom without speaking. Last year, jurors voted 11 to 1 for convicting Nash and 10 to 2 for acquitting Diles.

    “We’re obviously disappointed in the verdicts,” said Sandi Gibbons, a district attorney’s spokeswoman. “However, a jury has decided the case.”

    The four July 1, 1981, bludgeoning murders took place in what was described as a “drug den” on Wonderland Avenue, a few blocks from a house owned by then-Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. The victims were two women and two men who were heavily associated with drugs. The prosecution described three of the victims as “penny-ante crooks.” A fifth woman survived but was unable to testify because of her injuries.

    This trial was the third in the case. The first, in 1982, resulted in the acquittal of John C. Holmes, then the nation’s premier pornographic film star. Nash and Diles were charged after prosecutors said new evidence came to light in 1988. The star witness, Scott Thorsen, was a former lover of Liberace who had his face made over to resemble that of the late pianist.

    The three trials exposed the seamy underside of Hollywood as few other courtroom dramas ever have. The accused included Holmes, Diles, a 300-pound bouncer and bodyguard, who lost over 100 pounds in jail, and Nash. Nash, whose birth name is Adel Nasrallah, was an owner of striptease joints and Hollywood nightclubs. He spent more than two years in jail in the mid-1980s on narcotics charges.

    “From the bottom of my heart, I don’t think either one of these people had anything to do with these murders,” said Michael M. Crain. He and Richard Lasting were court-appointed attorneys for Diles.

    Edward Rucker, who with attorney Bradley Brunon represented Nash, congratulated the jury as they filed out of the courtroom.

    He gave credit for the acquittal to conscientious jurors who he said were able to set aside Nash’s lifestyle and criminal record in making their decision.

    All four attorneys had put on an unusual defense in the case in which they in essence accused another man, a convicted narcotics dealer named Paul Kelly who is now in state prison. They argued that Kelly had been sent out to murder the four as part of a complicated plot involving revenge for drug deals gone sour. Kelly was called to the courtroom outside the presence of the jury, but took the 5th Amendment instead of testifying.

    Two of the jurors said the defense case was so compelling that they would like to see Kelly put on trial for the murders. Another said that while defense evidence against Kelly raised doubts about the guilt of Nash and Diles, it might not be sufficient to convict Kelly.

    The prosecution’s case was complicated by witnesses who had been heavy drug users and convicted drug dealers. In his closing argument, Davidson stressed to the jury that the district attorney’s office had made a “societal decision” to proceed. Otherwise, he said, such bloody underworld murders would proliferate simply because “John Q. Citizen” witnesses are not available.

    The murders took place around 4 a.m. on July 1, 1981. A neighbor was awakened by screams, looked out the window, and saw lights on in the house. Instead of calling police, she turned on her television set to drown out the noise.

    “Who knows who’s been on primal scream therapy or tripping on some drug?” another neighbor later said.

    It was agreed that at least three killers went in with lengths of pipe and at least one baseball bat, bashing the sleeping victims dozens of times. Afterward they washed up, leaving the water running.

    A grainy videotape taken of the murder scene showed a trail of blood leading from one room of the house to another. When it was later presented to a jury, the case marked the first time in American jurisprudence that a videotape of a murder scene was admitted as evidence in a criminal trial.

    Killed were William DeVerell, 44; his girlfriend, Joy Audrey Miller, 46, and Ronald Launius, 37, of Sacramento. All three had been involved in a robbery of Nash two days before in which large amounts of cash, jewels, narcotics and some guns were taken. The prosecution contended that the murders were ordered by Nash in retaliation for that robbery.

    Two others had chosen that night to visit the Wonderland home. They were Barbara Richardson, 22, and Launius’ estranged wife, Susan, 25, both of Sacramento. Susan Launius was left for dead, but she survived with brain damage and partial paralysis. Later, the most she could recall was three “shadowy figures” in the night.

    The only print police found at the scene was identified as that of Holmes, whose attorneys claimed that he was forced into the home at gunpoint. He died in 1988 of the complications of AIDS, never having publicly revealed what he knew about the murders.

    The other men in the house that night, investigators concluded, wore gloves or daubed their hands with a special liquid to disguise their prints.

    It was that lack of concrete evidence that jurors said was critical in their acquittal. No murder weapons were submitted into evidence.

    The defense contended that a man named Howard (Fat Howard) Cook of Los Angeles, who was owed money for drugs, sent Paul Kelly and other men to the house. Evidence against Kelly included a taped interview that police conducted with his girlfriend, Maggie Coffman, days after the murders.

    “You know I love you and I want to marry you,” Coffman said Kelly told her hours before the murders. “But I have to eliminate a few, a few people that you care about, right?” One, she told police, was Launius.

    Prosecutor Davidson told the jury that Kelly may have been one of the killers that night, but that Nash ordered the killings.

    “The book’s still open on Kelly,” he told jurors. “He is in state prison and this case is not done.”

     

     
    • Darcymarie 6:07 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, some of this is mentioned in the other Hollywood by legs McNeil, at least , iirc , Kelly was mentioned as been seen leaving wonderland ave, or maybe he observed Holmes leaving the location & it was somehow relayed back to bill ammerson a friend/porn producer of johns

    • localarts 6:44 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Had Kelly arrived during the murders, he would have most certainly died that night. I’m not sure people really understand how bad this really was.

      • localarts 6:47 pm on April 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Bad grammar.. sorry.

      • benafanasiev 7:17 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure what you mean?

        • benafanasiev 7:18 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink

          Sorry, I’m not sure what you mean?

      • John W 9:34 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I can see how the gang probably did owe money around town to various people, either by theft or by non-payment of drug debts. I have no doubt that others were probably looking for them, i just think Eddie got to them first.

        • benafanasiev 11:02 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink

          I believe John was a greedy bastard, who probably went to Eddie so he could get more drugs out of the wonderland gang and also out of Eddie. I also think John being a total bottom-feeding scumbag junkie willingly partook in the murders. Scott Thorson’s story I’m a bit sceptical about too. I haven’t heard any mention of John looking beat up the next day by his wife or girlfriend and he would have if Nash and Diles spent an hour beating information out of him, I assume they would have beat him to a pulp over what he did?

    • localarts 9:47 am on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Some posters on the IMDB forum used to make jokes about the victims and at the same time deflect criticism of Holmes. It was quite amazing. These posters seemed to think Wonderland was about pornography.

      • John W 12:16 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        When I heard audio of the ladies who wrote “A Life Measured in Inches” discussing Holmes as some great pop cultute icon, and dissing the murders it made me cringe. Their audio interviews with Laurie Holmes, female pornstars and others are on youtube. I need to read their entire book, ive only read a few chapters.

        • scabiesoftherat 12:17 am on April 9, 2013 Permalink

          Laurie Holmes is a certified idiot. Sorry. I have no patience for her. She simply married john to attach herself to his demented and dark legacy, man. She seems like she has a an IQ of 38. Daft and balmy. I don’t hate her, of course. I don’t think enough about her to hate her,…but the “anal queen” is an idiot.

          Holmes was an idiot. There is a reason he ended up the way he did. The reason I study him is akin to watching a car crash. It’s horrifying, but you can’t look away. This guy sold his soul to someone….no doubt, man. Who it was, one can only guess. You’re married to someone for 16 years and you rip them off when they try and help you? Really? I mean,…Really? Dude was a total d-bag.

    • localarts 12:31 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I think I know who you’re talking about. Those were the ladies who saw the Wonderland movie, became infatuated with Holmes or at the very least enamored. Wrote a book about him and baked a birthday cake for their hero.. I’m not making this up they actually baked a cake for Holmes, freakin crazy.

      • Jill C. Nelson 9:11 am on May 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        We didn’t bake a cake for Holmes. It was a cake created by Cake and Art for the launch in L.A. designed as the cover of the book. Like it or not, John Holmes will forever be a pop culture figure, but not a hero. You people wouldn’t be discussing him if it weren’t so.

        John, since you and the followers of this forum are obviously fascinated by the Wonderland subject and all things related I’d be happy to send you a free copy of A Life Measured in Inches. You might be quite interested to know that Sugar and I didn’t paint Holmes as a hero but as all credible biographers do, we showed all sides. You’re perfectly welcome to continue to despise Holmes after you’ve read the book.

        • John 9:17 am on May 16, 2013 Permalink

          Thanks. I will order the book. I’m right in the middle of Helter Skelter and researching that whole crazy era.

        • Sheila 9:52 am on December 27, 2013 Permalink

          This is just my opinion but I don’t think that people see him as a hero as much as they are just so baffled and confused how someone can be in as deep as he was into this whole thing and then be acquitted. Not only him but Nash and his “Goon Squad”. I think if this had of happened in today’s time everyone of them would get the death penalty. How people live their life is the way they will die. Look at the tragic ways not only the 4 of Wonderland died but look at the way Gregory Diles , and John Holmes died. Nash will eventually die a horrible death as well with all of his ailments. In the end I am not the one they have to stand before and give an account of their life to. That is the job of Almighty God.

    • John W 1:14 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Well, fuck that! I am going to Kroger in a minute for groceries. I am goin to bake a cake for Ron and Billy!! Chocolate baby. High yellow!

    • localarts 1:57 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      LMAO .. LOL!!

      • localarts 6:45 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I agree Scabiesoftherat, Laurie Holmes may very well be the worlds only know living brain donor.
        Not too bright. Bill Amerson said Holmes tried to run her over with a car so hecould collect the insurance money. At least we know why he kept the littie “anal queen” around.

        • Jill C. Nelson 9:12 am on May 16, 2013 Permalink

          And Bill Amerson is credible? Now that’s funny. Have you met the man? My co-author has. Ask Amerson’s son, Sean, about his father’s credibility.

    • localarts 10:47 am on December 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is just my opinion but I don’t think that people see him as a hero”
      I don’t either. It was a bad choice of words on my part.

  • John 6:47 am on March 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nash And Diles Charged With Murder – Face Death Penalty 

    To all of the Wonderland fans, have a Happy Easter!

    To all of the Wonderland fans… I hope you have a Happy Easter!

    Nash and Diles retained Leslie Abramson as their attorney in the 1990 trial? She would later go on to defend other notorious individuals, most notably Phil Spector and the Menendez brothers. Sorry the photo is a bit bleached out, but it is still interesting enough to post here.

    Diles and Nash sit in the holding pen at court

    Diles and Nash sit in the holding pen at court

    September 20, 1988, The Press-Courier

    Lots of typos in this article. Someone hire a proofreader!!

    Lots of typos in this article. Someone hire a proofreader.

     
    • Eric B. 8:38 am on March 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Something that occurred to me yesterday was a similarity betweeen the killings and a scene in Clerks. Randall (in Clerks) concluded that innocent workers had died in Return of the Jedi while working on the second Death Star, since those people were skilled in construction, not (unknowingly yet to the audience, cloned) soldiers. Barbara Richardson and Susan Launius were aware of what was going on at Wonderland, but most likely not skilled in drug dealing and scheming. Thoughts?

      • John W 10:44 am on March 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Susan was only there for 16 hours prior to the murders. She had been separated from Ron for a long time. I doubt she knew anything about the robbery. Barbara was present was present during the planning stages for the robbery. Less innocent, but yes I do not think Eddie planned on 3 women being there, not that he, Diles or assailants had much of a conscience.

        • scabiesoftherat 11:08 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink

          Wow. Only 16 hours. That is like the kid at Sharon Tate’s house. Just stopped in at the exact wrong time. The way I see Susan is that she left Launius for a reason. Probably because he wouldn’t give up his ways. Richardson coulda been one of those really naive girls who just stayed out of the business. IF Lind was like they say he was, I could really see that. Course, all we have to go by is the movie…

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