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  • John 3:41 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eddie nash, gunning for eddie   

    Gunning For Eddie (LA New Times May 2001) 

    This arrived today. Thank you Susan Goldsmith. I’ll post some samples soon and we can discuss. I took two years of Spanish in school… maybe I could work at that place.

    Hal Glickman

    Hal Glickman

    Gunning For Eddie

    Gunning For Eddie

     

     
  • John 6:57 am on November 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Ali Baba's In North Hollywood 

    Street addresses get re-numbered over time, whatever they call that process, so I think Ali Baba’s was at this spot, rather than the mini-mart right down there with Subway (present day street address). Maybe Ali Baba’s was down there though, I don’t know but will find out.

    Also, an interesting tidbit. When Holmes was released from protective custody after the murders and refusing to turn state’s evidence, detective Tom Lange gave John a ride to the Lankershim impound lot to pick up the Chevy Malibu, which was about nine miles from Ali Baba’s. Just more useless trivia for you  😉

    Ali Baba's building?

    Ali Baba’s building?

    Matchbook

    Matchbook

     
    • localarts 8:48 am on March 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. I’d say 95% of everything he did was cash.

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      • localarts 1:43 pm on March 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Always thought it would have been cool for Eddie to have a yard sale while still residing at Dona Lola. With all the personal artifacts he held as collateral for drug debts, it would have been a shopping emporium. I could see Diles standing there with a cigar box full of money ready to make change for someone who needed to break a 50 or 100 dollar bill.. I can just see those antique Colts glissining in the sun as they sat on one of those fold-out tables in the front yard. It would have been a specticle no doubt.

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    • localarts 9:08 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. I would say most everything he did was cash. I’ve always thought it would have been cool for Eddie to have a yard sale while he was still residing at Dona Lola. With all the personal artifacts he held as collateral for drug debts, it would have been like a shopping emporium in that little cul de sac! I can see Diles standing there with a cigar box full of money ready to make change when a customer needed to break a 50 or 100 dollar bill…

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    • Bruce Hallett 7:28 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is so interesting to me. I, first started to show an interest in the Wonderland Murders after seeing the E True Hollywood Story. Then I saw the movie Wonderlnd, ever since then I have been fascinated with the case. Thanks for having this blog, I look forward to your posts.

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      • John 7:42 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Bruce, me too obviously ha! – and there’s more to come!

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        • localarts 2:12 pm on March 15, 2016 Permalink

          With tax season around the corner, I got to thinking. I wonder how much Eddie actually paid out in federal income tax? With all his various business ventures, I’d say most of it was done in cash. I could easily see one of his employee’s leaving the Starwood with a grocery bag full of cash headed to Dona Lola.

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        • John 11:39 am on March 16, 2016 Permalink

          Lots of ways to cut corners when you take in cash as payment and no true money trail.

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    • Gayle 2:41 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I searched for more info on Ali Baba’s. I could not find anything either. It’s so frustrating when there is not a single thing that comes up. I had never heard of it before, but sounds like it was an interesting place. That photo you posted is of a Mexican restaurant in the shoddy part of NoHo, but it’s a great inexpensive place to eat. I’ll see if I can find out if it was the location of Ali Baba’s the next time I eat there.

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      • John 7:42 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Gayle. Yes, I find that the best food spots are usually the unknown mom and pop places.

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      • Gayle 12:26 am on January 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The last time I was there, I asked around…no one knew what I was talking about.

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      • Kamala Almanzar 12:12 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I worked at Ali Baba’s owned by Eddie Nash. It was on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. I was a belly dancer in the late 70s, early 80s there. Looks like someone shared my blog below

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        • John 11:39 am on March 14, 2016 Permalink

          You’re welcome Kimdance. It sounds awesome. If you have any Eddie Nash stories, if any you want to share, please email me at wonderland1981blog@gmail.com. I am writing a book about the Wonderland murders and Eddie is a key player. Thanks again.

          Yours,
          John

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  • John 5:30 am on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Belly Dancer Describes Atmosphere @ Nash's Club "Ali Baba's" 

    Kamala Almanzar, a professional bellydancer based in Los Angeles shares no holds barred memories, opinions & gossip of her 35 year dance career. http://www.kamaladance.com All photos belong to her.

    Ali Baba’s… it sounds terrible but I still want to go. I am trying to get in touch with Kamala, if you have info on this old club-restaurant, please post in the comments. Thanks.

    Ali Babas in Hollywood

    Here are some photos of Kamala on the dance floor and of the band performing at Ali Baba’s:

     
  • John 5:27 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    R&B Musician Describes Atmosphere Inside Eddie’s “Soul’d Out” Club 

    Funk, soul and jazz musician Fred Wesley played with many of the great acts of the sixties and seventies. In his book “Hit Me, Fred” he relives what it was like in the seventies at Eddie Nash’s “Soul’d Out Club”:

    The Soul’d Out was on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood … the club was much like any other nightclub in the world … it smelled of smoke and beer and perfume … and was crowded with sweaty people laughing and chatting … but this club was in Hollywood … the women were all extremely beautiful model types, and the guys were all TV-type hip dudes. Everyone was dressed in the latest fashions. It was obvious that the guys were on the prowl for girls and the girls were definitely setting traps for the guys … people were drinking and smoking and making frequent trips in and out of the front door and in and out of the bathrooms giving away the drug action that was also happening … the jukebox was playing classic R&B and everybody was dancing. The black people were dancing very well, as usual, and the white people, as usual, were enthusiastically doing the best that they could … Actually, I did notice that the white people were dancing unusually well. Everybody seemed to know everybody. To my surprise, there wasn’t even a hint of racial recognition … it was  fun, relaxed, homey atmosphere.

    I wanna go!

     
  • John 8:55 am on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Repost – The Starwood and Gary Fontenot 

    I know the blog has 600 posts and it’s hard to browse everything. There are some new readers here and maybe they have not seen this yet. This is from Gary’s brother, Patrick. The questions are mine, with help from readers here at the blog. Thanks.

    Gary was originally from a small town in western Louisiana. He headed out west to pursue his dreams and unlike so many others, he was a success. Gary was a good man and a fine club manager. He was often at odds with Eddie, over business and other things. Read on….

    Did you ever visit your brother at his house in Studio City during the 70s or 80s?  Did you meet any showbiz types?

    My family and I visited Gary as often as possible on the weekends when he lived in West Hollywood…”Studio City”???…I am not that familiar with Los Angeles and that area…but Gary lived in a rather nice little place that was pretty much walking distance to Sunset Blvd and it did not seem like it was a far drive from the Starwood.  I do not remember the street name.  He lived there with his friend Michael and Michael I believe was a nurse…doing private work if I recall.  They had been friends for some time.  I would also take some of my military friends to Gary’s home on Friday nights so they could experience the nightclub life at the Starwood.  He would give us the VIP treatment everytime we would visit.

    What exactly happened to Gary at the end of his life? Was he really living in central America? Retired?

    When things began to go downhill for Gary he decided to move to Honduras.  He actually drove there with some kid that I believe was from that area were they settled.  Gary opened his own place down there and seemed to be happy…always inviting me to visit.  However, by nature of my military job, I had to be very careful.  Gary experienced an attempted robbery one evening when closing and was shot in the stomach.  I don’t think he ever recovered, although his cause of death was attributed to prostate cancer.  My brother Dale, flew down to Honduras several times to visit Gary and the last time he flew down was to ensure Gary received a proper burial.

    Did Gary ever discuss Eddie Nash, who was his boss at the Starwood?

    Gary did in fact talk a little about Nash.  Lot of times it was in anger, however many times I believe the tone was respect.  Nash would provide Gary with new cars which Gary loved…he did like showing off a little.  I remember the last car given to Gary by Nash was a brand new Cadillac…we would drive to the Starwood in it and employees of the Starwood would jump in the car to park it when they recognized Gary in the car.

    What did Gary do for a living right after the Starwood closed?

    After the Starwood, Gary was not the same.  He moved into an apartment complex and dabbled a little in real estate…but was unemployed a lot of the time;although he would never tell me.  When at the Starwood, he was in control and afterward he seemed to lose that feeling.  The apartment complex was nothing fancy…about the only thing I remember about it was a visitor that came by one day while I was there.  Gary introduced him as an ex-FBI individual.  I assumed he was because he was carrying a gun.  They did not talk about anything specific and I guessed they had been acquaintances from way back.

    Did your brother ever tell you that his house was shot up by a dealer with a machine gun? He was looking for the soundman of the Starwood, who owed him some money? Gary allegedly let the soundman, Dom Fragomeli, stay at his house in Studio City for a few weeks in 1981.

    In 1981 I left California for Texas.  I don’t think Gary was living in the original home when I first got to California.  I am thinking he was still living in the apartment complex…is that what you meant as far as “home”.  Gary barely mentioned that happening…we would talk by phone…He did not go into detail.  But, knowing Gary, it would not surprise me that he had allowed someone to stay in his home.  He was just that type of person.  I believe he left California shortly after that incident.  Keep in mind, the Nash thing, the Starwood, coupled by him losing a lot of money in the stock market…Gary needed a change.  He had a hate/love relationship with California.  As a small town boy, Los Angeles and the Hollywood scene took its toll on Gary.  He was apparently good at what he did, managing nightclubs, but did rub elbows with some questionable people.

    Hope this helps…as you think of questions, let me know and I will answer them the best I can.  Will try and dig up some photos of Gary.  You would really need to know where and how he grew up to understand the personal conflict he had with the whole Hollywood scene…

    Have a great day.

     
    • Gen 1%er 11:17 am on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ron Launius was forever altered by being in the shit for no telling how many years. He came back to Fayetteville where SF were located and Doc Mac was the Doc for SF. He saw Ron’s track marks and went to confront some people.

      Ron was hooked and he was likely one of a group of people that tipped the local dealers. Ron may have been there that night Doc Mac’s family was slaughtered. God knows MP’s had every reason to fuck up the crime scene as they received a cut for every bit of #3 and #4 that Lucas got in through Fayetteville and Columbus through the false bottom coffins.

      Ronnie was a spook, and that is how he got away with a lot of shit when he got out. If you look for pictures of Barry Seal during the early Mena AR years- Ronnie is two shots. When that damn Wonderland mssg board was up, a lot of the good things about Ronnie got excised from Google News archive and the search engines. Paper is a bitch though- if you look hard enough, Ronnie was a decent fella. He had no aspirations to be a biker or AB. David was solely somebody from the joint who could provide H out of Mexico or Canada.

      Lind’s sole connection to an MC was really the Straight Satans. When he got back out of one of his stays in Cali Corrections, they were no longer an existing patch. Some were involved with the Satans Slaves out of LA and the SFV. Slave Louie was killed by a Straight Satan who became a Mongol- that killed Lind’s chance of ever becoming an 81 member. Lind was pushing dope for a Mongol and fucking a massage parlor girl who was fucking an 81 and a Mongol- that bitch kicked off 40 years of war. Lind wanted to be 81 but he couldn’t meet the no needle rule that was virtually national by this time, he was in tight with a couple of LA Mongols for a dope connection and he provided them girls for LA massage parlors- brothels. AMPs werern’t a thing til post Ed Meese.

      Lind was an associate and crime partner to Michael Thompson of the AB. Lind was never accepted by the AB council as an associate- Hulk hated him, hated his poser bullshit, hated his attitude, hated his smuggling in IV drugs and rigs through his Massage Parlor girls.

      Lind also fucked up when he took and fucked up the Margo Compton hit. It was an open fact where she was in Dago before they moved her out of state. The AB had some problems with her testifying as her ol’ man who beat on her, was AB. The 81 had crossed the AB by having Latino and Phillipino members and then they got involved with Margo.

      No 81 wanted her dead. The AB did. Michael Thompson farmed it out to Lind and Lind nodded off and she was gone. The AB followed her mail and her killed. The ATF wanted the 81 brother more than any of the AB at the time, as the AB did not have a strong street gang presence.

      If this gets posted, I’ll provide more.

      “Butterfly” was no different to Lind than any of his other massage girls. That was not the love of his life. Clean #4 cut with Fentanyl was the love of his life. Period.

      I have more. I tried to leave a dead drop number to wonderland81 at gmail.com but received no call or response, so if this isn’t published- fuck it.

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      • John 8:40 am on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks rebel, please tell us more. I did receive your other email, but please email me. I was holding on to the goods because it was something that I needed for Barb’s background story. What can you tell me about her ex-husband Walter? Email me and thanks.

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      • Gayle 3:35 am on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Fascinating!! It’s interesting to read about their association with the MC’s. I did not know about Lind’s involvement with the Straight Satan’s.

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  • John 10:01 am on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anthony mudarris, eddie nash, ,   

    More From Jerry Vann’s Book… 

    Jerry is quite a character, obviously. You can read more by ordering his book here at Amazon.

    It was easy back then (late 70s/early 80s) to use stolen credit cards, because there was no swiper machine or computers. This was one of their biggest scams it appears. The clerk ran carbons of the card, the old fashioned way. On big ticket items like jewelry, they may call the credit company, but if the stolen card was fresh and not yet reported, it was all clear to buy stuff with.

    Again, Greg is Jerry’s friend (it’s not Greg Diles) and Tony is Nash underling, Anthony Mudarris. The Nash attorney, Mr. Blaish, is still around LA doing business… from a few Google searches.

    Enjoy…

    jerry-van4

    In the following scene, Jerry and Greg had been nailed at a mall using stolen credit cards to buy a watch. They tried to make a run for it but were caught, since they were both out of shape. Jerry was also in trouble at this time because he had been arrested for firing a gun in the air or towards D.A. investigators who had been watching him.

    Famous bail bondsman, Hal Glickman, also makes a cameo. Hal is deceased (about 10 years I believe). His wife, Dottie, who allegedly picked up Holmes that night, died of breast cancer on New Year’s Eve in 1997. Their son, who later took over the family bail biz, has not yet responded to my emails and FB messages requesting an interview.

    In the end, in my opinion, Nash had money and connections, he could even order a hit if he wanted. But he was really just a wealthy coke-head, pulling extracurricular scams, arsons and frauds for quick cash. He chased women day and night. To me, Nash was a slick wiseguy who used others to insulate himself from the crimes. Pure Nash.

    jerry-van3

     
    • localarts 12:13 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      LOL

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    • localarts 8:27 pm on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Lee Meriwether was beyond hot!

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      • criticextraordinaire 5:48 am on September 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Ms. Meriwether is still hot.

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        • Bobby 8:19 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink

          I believe they call that ‘prunetang’.

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        • criticextraordinaire 7:41 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink

          I’d still hit it…

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    • Stacey Jane Lind Ferraro 7:38 pm on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Only the picture on the far right is David Clay Lind I should know he is my dad.I was looking for pictures of him too and can not find any youg ones but I saw him from ’92 to 94 .

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      • John 10:12 am on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Stacey,

        Thanks for visiting the blog. I am John. I am writing a book about the Wonderland Murders.

        I would like to interview you sometime about your dad. Very little is known about him. I have only found what little I know about him thru background checks, and they can be erroneous sometimes.

        Please email me back! wonderland1981blog at gmail.com

        Thanks,
        John

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        • Hymie 3:34 pm on September 6, 2014 Permalink

          What would you like to know?

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      • Anon4Now 8:33 am on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        There was a Cassie Lind who used to post on another board. I found out later that board wasn’t a Lions Gate board though the posters there claimed it was. Who knows, but the Sacramento detectives that worked Lind and other of his contemporary paid informants caused much havoc with their type of police “tactics.”

        Problems with this type of police work is the perps are really the victims and it’s really impossible for them to ever escape the system. The snitches that they turn out eventually are disenchanted, too, but for them it’s all too late.

        If you’re really one of Lind’s daughters, you should remember a couple of his Sacramento friends. Brad, maybe?

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        • John 12:48 pm on September 8, 2014 Permalink

          Thanks Anon. I am writing a chapter for the book about the use of police informants in the 1970s. It was a different era, and like vice cops today, informants and snitches were an important part of their investigation, however sketchy… legally… those tactics are….

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      • Pepe 4:25 pm on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Were you visiting in Santa Rosa?

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    • Miranda 3:45 pm on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      To those of you who think you are strange, I must also be! I find true crime interesting. I read up on different cases and this is one I have read into some about the dynamics of persons involved. Crazy how different they were yet drugs brought them all together. I have heard before that if you do drugs or get into the drug culture you will find others who are on the same track.

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  • John 3:17 pm on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Excerpts From Jerry Vann’s Book “Underworld Secrets…” 

    Since Eddie Nash is not dead (confirmed by fellow club owner Chris Cox, it appears), then I will leave you with some Nash quotes from Jerry Vann’s book “Underworld Secrets: Jimmy Hoffa to Las Vegas”. Jerry Vann (Van Hoorelbeke?) is an interesting character and I should like to track him down for an interview one day.

    It appears that Eddie Nash is upset here about Jerry’s friend, Greg (not Greg Diles) – and his visits to Nash’s strip club. Greg is hurting business!

    jerry-van1

    On this page, the “Tony” character is Anthony Mudarris, who was indicted with Nash for money laundering and RICO stuff in 2000. Jerry paints himself well in the book, even saving a stripper girl who Tony had tossed down a hillside. It appears that Jerry & company also liked to use stolen / fake credit cards to buy jewelry and other valuables, but that is in another chapter I will post later. In even another chapter Jerry is frightened to death of Eddie’s heroin smugglers in Hawaii, even thinking he might die during the exchange as intermediary.

    jerry-van2

     
    • James DelCol 8:05 am on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is some pretty outrageous stuff. This shows the inner working of Nash’s power. He had all kinds of people on his payroll. I never thought it ran that deep. Although Mickey Cohen (When he was in LA) had Chief Justice Earl Warren in his pocket. Amazing! Mickey Cohen was the only person ever bailed out of Alcatraz. This shows you what money can do. Nash was in deep and had balls of steel. Imagine what it would take for the average Joe to buy a cop? Most people can’t get out of a traffic summons let alone get bounced out of a jail like Alcatraz. It makes me wonder if Chief Justice Warren’s mob ties helped along JFK’s assassination investigation.

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    • localarts 10:59 am on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Eddie Nash was a crime figure not a crime boss per say. Nash was a legitimate business owner as well as a drug lord. There was no criminal structure (hierarchy) as is the case with most traditional mafia families. Eddie Nash was simply Eddie Nash. Nash had power and influence. The extent of which is debatable.

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      • The Odyssey 11:52 pm on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Eddie Nash outlived everybody and made 30 million dollars in 2008 selling the Seven Seas building. He is/was the King Of Hollywood. Don’t care what. Anybody says.

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        • loon432 8:14 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink

          How much is Tony mudarris worth today? And what other businesses does he own besides strip clubs

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        • John 11:03 am on January 5, 2015 Permalink

          I believe Tony owned an auto body shop also, or a few of them. This would be good for making phony car insurance scams via staged accidents.

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      • jim 9:56 pm on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Perfecto localarts

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        • The Odyssey 12:34 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink

          Tony Mudarris daughter Nikki is on Love and Hip Hop Hollywood on Vh1

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    • jim 10:50 pm on August 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      well the west coast mob was known as the mickey mouse mob and Chicago had everything west of the Mississippi sorry if I never herd of nash but out of all the true crime books I’ve read never came across him and its been published in many books that tony accardo did everything he could to stop the guy in LA from ever achieving anything he thought he was a clown according to FBI agent Bill Rohmer man against the mob book

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    • jim 9:58 pm on August 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      the king of Hollywood who ever heard of eddie nash before wonderland and by the way the Chicago outfit controlled things there any way at that time tony spilatro was more known as a menace to authoritory than nash he probably was paying off the outfit if he was as big as reported he would have to

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      • Ken 12:56 pm on August 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Nash was VERY well known in the Los Angeles area in the late 60’s and all through the 70’s.

        The Outfit’s reach never extended westward from Chicago past the hotel casinos that they owned in Las Vegas and even the New York mob that did have a limited amount of control in Los Angeles most of that was back in the 40’s till the early 60’s.

        Carlo Gambino once made the statement that he could probably count the number of “Made Guys” tthat were on the west coast on one hand.

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        • localarts 6:43 pm on August 19, 2014 Permalink

          The fact Eddie is still alive say’s it all.

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    • Ken 9:54 pm on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yep…..up till the whole WONDERLAND incident Nash was pretty much considered to be the “King of Hollywood” but once it became known that he did order the killings everybody he had paid off in the past weren’t there for him anymore….

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      • localarts 10:46 am on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        That’s probably true. I think one glaring aspect that people tend to overlook is Nash controlled a lot people out of fear.

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    • localarts 4:59 pm on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Ed had everybody in his pocket. I wonder how many son’s & daughter’s of the LAPD brass he put through college? Eddie Nash truly was the God Father of LA during that period of time. I would not at all be surprised if Nash was doing business with the Chagra brothers back in the 70’s & 80″s.

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      • Sean 4:11 am on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Happy 70th birthday to John Holmes. Was he not dead for the past 27 years.

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      • Sean 4:46 pm on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Happy 70th birthday to John C. Holmes! Was he not dead for the past 26 and a half years.

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      • Mike 8:29 pm on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I’m a lone voice in the wilderness here, but I don’t believe for a minute that LAPD brass, or those of LASD for that matter, were paid off by Nash. I believe that the fed investigator was – I believe this is known. I also think that a high city official surely was involved, but the the local police brass (and I’m aware of what Lang and his partner said about a hidden hand seeming to steer them away)? No way.

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  • John 9:04 am on July 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: civil rights, eddie nash,   

    Eddie Nash Filed Civil Rights Lawsuit Against L.A. In 2007 

    In the lawsuit, Ed was suing three district attorneys of L.A. for violation of his civil rights. But I couldn’t really find too much on this case, or if it was thrown out, settled, etc.

    Under this law, a citizen can sue the individuals involved who worked for the state, but not the state itself. A company is listed as plaintiff as well, so must be something business-related?

    I will reach out to his civil attorney in the case to ask if I can interview Ed sometime. Through his lawyer, Eddie told Jill who wrote the Holmes book that he would “sleep on it” but then said “No” on the following Monday. I would really like to do a chapter on his early life, more than anything.

    The details:

    Nature of Suit: Civil Rights: Other
    Cause of Action: 42:1983 Civil Rights Act

    Every person who under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, Suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable.  For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

    The number of cases that have been brought under section 1983 has dramatically increased since 1961 when the Supreme Court decided Monroe v. Pape.  In Monroe, the Supreme Court held that a police officer was acting “under color of state law” even though his actions violated state law.  This was the first case in which the Supreme Court allowed liability to attach where a government official acted outside the scope of the authority granted to him by state law.

    Here’s his civil case summary.

     
    • criticextraordinaire 9:03 am on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      An interview with Eddie would be a huge, massive score. I would not expect to get any revelations about the Wonderland hit per se, but he certainly could shine a light on some of the now-deceased players, and perhaps offer some never-before-heard details of the assault on him and Gregory Diles. Your blog takes a very professional approach to the whole story, so maybe Eddie will see your invitation as a way to finally tell his story to somebody who will not sensationalize it or twist it.

      The only version of that story that we hear is the narrative provided by Lind, whose credibility is, uh, *questionable*. We need to hear the other side of the story.

      Would also be great to get Eddie’s take on what it was like to hang out and party with Johnny Wadd, and did he have access to any of John’s costars..

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      • Bobby 9:56 am on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Couldn’t agree more! It would be great to hear Nash chime in on other aspects of his life unrelated to the murders. I’m guessing he wouldn’t be interested in talking to anyone but who knows, if he was made aware that an objective book was being written about the case he might agree to an interview – sans any deathbed-seque confession of course! Not holding my breath though.

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    • Mark C 6:57 pm on July 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Nash really did live The American Dream story pretty good himself. It be great to get his true “early life” story and that all. I am not trying to reduce what he did or they say he did to family of Wonderland Victims or anybody else,
      He may be a little bitter about the Wonderland part of his life because he lost a very lot not including the money during that part of his life. Going to jail is no cake walk for anybody. It be something I would not be too eager to talk about myself. But Eddie got where Judge was impressed so much with him that he allowed Eddie out of jail early to get the proper medical treatment he needed to save his life. With out proper medical treatment Eddie could be right now 6 foot under like so many in this case.

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      • RAW DOPE BMORE 5:19 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        ive interviewed nash believe it or not, i got his number on 411.com i paid $2.00 but what the hell i mean this is the “NASH” for heavens sake. but i spoke with his daughter first she was very pleasant and i asked her if she could give him my number and ask her to call and low and behold nomore than 10 minutes later he called under a blocked number and i was very excited, he told me about when they arrested him and that he volunteered in mentoring drug programs all throughout california and that its hard getting old and that hes been clean since his last jail stint and that john holmes was a 2 faced lying rat who was not to be trusted and that he was a coward and he used him to drive his female friends home when he was finish with them and that holmes did so willingly for a single rock of base.and he also said that hes just living in infamy now and thats not him anymore and that if he had to do it over again he wouldnt have ever befriended john holmes and this was about 3 years ago when i called his home oh btw i asked about greg diles and also about life in palestine and he got really edgy and said he might call me back later he was tired and he got his number changed in about a week but luckily i got to meet one of my icons and i thank god for that alot. i guess he probably thought i was paparazzi or the feds but im just a fan of the way he ruled cali with a iron fist and how much money he accumilated without ever blowing his cover as a kingpin he was making more legit money than illegal money my hero

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        • Derek 4:23 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink

          you never spoke with Ed Nash. He hasn’t spoke to his daughter since 1988 and I lived with him till his passing in 2015.

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  • John 8:39 am on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Gary Fontenot, Manager Of The Starwood 

    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 at George AFB.  I was in the Air Force and stationed there from 1977 – 1980/81.

    Did you ever visit your brother at his house in Studio City during the 70s or 80s? Did you meet any showbiz types?

    My family and I visited Gary as often as possible on the weekends.  I am not that familiar with Los Angeles and that area…but Gary lived in a rather nice little place that was pretty much walking distance to Sunset Blvd and it did not seem like it was a far drive from the Starwood.  I do not remember the street name.  He lived there with his friend Michael and Michael I believe was a nurse…doing private work if I recall.  They had been friends for some time.  I would also take some of my military friends to Gary’s home on Friday nights so they could experience the nightclub life at the Starwood.  He would give us the VIP treatment everytime we would visit.

    What exactly happened to Gary at the end of his life? Was he really living in central America? Retired?

    When things began to go downhill for Gary he decided to move to Honduras.  He actually drove there with some kid that I believe was from that area were they settled.  Gary opened his own place down there and seemed to be happy…always inviting me to visit.  However, by nature of my military job, I had to be very careful.  Gary experienced an attempted robbery one evening when closing and was shot in the stomach.  I don’t think he ever recovered, although his cause of death was attributed to prostate cancer.  My brother Dale, flew down to Honduras several times to visit Gary and the last time he flew down was to ensure Gary received a proper burial.

    Did Gary ever discuss Eddie Nash, who was his boss at the Starwood?

    Gary did in fact talk a little about Nash.  Lot of times it was in anger, however many times I believe the tone was respect.  Nash would provide Gary with new cars which Gary loved…he did like showing off a little.  I remember the last car given to Gary by Nash was a brand new Cadillac…we would drive to the Starwood in it and employees of the Starwood would jump in the car to park it when they recognized Gary in the car.

    What did Gary do for a living right after the Starwood closed?

    After the Starwood, Gary was not the same.  He moved into an apartment complex and dabbled a little in real estate…but was unemployed a lot of the time;although he would never tell me.  When at the Starwood, he was in control and afterward he seemed to lose that feeling.  The apartment complex was nothing fancy…about the only thing I remember about it was a visitor that came by one day while I was there.  Gary introduced him as an ex-FBI individual.  I assumed he was because he was carrying a gun.  They did not talk about anything specific and I guessed they had been acquaintances from way back.

    Did your brother ever tell you that his house was shot up by a dealer with a machine gun? He was looking for the soundman of the Starwood, who owed him some money? Gary allegedly let the soundman, Dom Fragomeli, stay at his house in Studio City for a few weeks in 1981.

    In 1981 I left California for Texas.  I don’t think Gary was living in the original home when I first got to California.  I am thinking he was still living in the apartment complex…is that what you meant as far as “home”.  Gary barely mentioned that happening…we would talk by phone…He did not go into detail.  But, knowing Gary, it would not surprise me that he had allowed someone to stay in his home.  He was just that type of person.  I believe he left California shortly after that incident.  Keep in mind, the Nash thing, the Starwood, coupled by him losing a lot of money in the stock market…Gary needed a change.  He had a hate/love relationship with California.  As a small town boy, Los Angeles and the Hollywood scene took its toll on Gary.  He was apparently good at what he did, managing nightclubs, but did rub elbows with some questionable people.

    Hope this helps…as you think of questions, let me know and I will answer them the best I can. Will try and dig up some photos of Gary.  You would really need to know where and how he grew up to understand the personal conflict he had with the whole Hollywood scene…

    Have a great day.

     
    • Ray 11:31 pm on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I ran across this quite by accident. I knew Gary when I first moved to Hollywood in 1966. My buddy Larry Perkins was dating one of Gary’s friends, Louie Frank, and we often hung out at the all-night coffee house Gino’s near Melrose and La Cieniga (sp?) because some of us were too young to get into bars. Gary was forever taking in stray boys and giving them a place to stay. I liked Gary. Six years later Gary was managing a bar (the Gas Station, I think) on Melrose.

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      • joie 6:00 pm on April 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        hi Gary was awesome but he managed the Gas Station Before the starwood, because kathy, was also going to the gas station and he hired her, when he went to run the starwood. after the starwood he went in to real estate for a short time then moved to honduras and a few years later her was murdered 😦

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    • joie 3:44 pm on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve written a chapter about the Starwoood and gary, michael byard, and ed nash now deceased I was there all day every day and night, we were thick as thieves,
      i was deeply involved with everything so. but to be clear he moved to honduras after he left a finance co. Michael and Gary left for honduras around 88 i was at his apt up to the day he left michael took his patient with him he was a nurse. i found him in 98 in honduras and he seemed fine.

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      • John 8:46 am on October 16, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Joie, its John. Can we email… I have a few Starwood questions. Did Nash have a little dog? Stuff like that. Thx
        wonderland1981blog at gmail.com

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        • joie 6:14 pm on October 16, 2021 Permalink

          that will be for my book that is just needing some edits so can’t give away my details. Sorry

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    • John 8:35 am on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

    • nicky 12:12 pm on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Peter Nicols,Mike J and I Nicky P Where at Gary’s house the day it was shot up.It was super bowl Sunday,Gary had us over for a small party.True in fact

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      • John 4:12 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Nicky. Email the blog so we can arrange to talk more. Gracias!

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      • John 4:13 pm on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Was Bonaduce there?

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        • Anonymous 8:44 am on October 16, 2021 Permalink

          Danny ?

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        • joie 6:20 pm on October 16, 2021 Permalink

          danny B hung around the starwood i was in the office one night and he was threre maybe gary was trying to you know lol

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    • ValleyRelic 6:46 pm on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I knew Gary casually in the late Starwood era (1979-1981). I was 18 or 19 when I started going there regularly and was what you may call a “pretty boy” at the time. Though the Starwood was ostensibly a “straight” rock and roll club, everyone back then was using a lot of cocaine, and the Starwood was frequented by lots of older gay and bi men who liked to lure the straight boys with drugs and alcohol. Gary’s friends were a lot of these guys, and his upstairs office was usually filled with a handful of men in their 30s and 40s and the “chicken” they had “pulled” from downstairs, doing coke, weed and drinking. Occasionally there were “VIPs” among this group, including well known radio DJs of the era, artist mangers, record executives, publicists, and even an actual rock star from time to time. I won’t divulge any names to protect identities, but boy could I name names! A few times I visited Gary’s home on Laurel Terrace in Studio City, and remember his housemate Michael, who was mentioned in your story. What I most remember about Gary is that he was a complete gentleman despite his hard partying lifestyle, and was always respectful and had a warm smile. The Starwood epitomized the “sex and drugs and rock and roll” lifestyle of late 1970’s West Hollywood. I’m grateful I survived it…and glad that I can fondly reminisce about my experiences there and share them here.

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      • brian 1:40 pm on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I read cocaine was expensive back then. I guess there were people with money around there.

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      • joie 3:49 pm on September 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        More like young gay boys never older guys, he lived in laurel canyon in the hill til 76-77 then he moved righy over the hill in the hills at the bottom above ventura blvd. near Laurel Terrace . those were crazy times.

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    • baby 6:20 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That bouncer they called big eddie.

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      • Matt 11:09 am on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        As I read more. I see David Knight aka David Neidorf. Another pig. They destroyed kids lives

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    • baby 1:39 pm on August 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That bouncers name was big eddie..He was nice at first. Seemed to have had a learning disability. Then one night he seemed very forceful to me and tried to kiss me. I found it odd. St eared clear of him after that..then also moved away from hollywood.

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    • joii 3:26 pm on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      hi John, just found this….I posted just a second ago…again very sad to hear this news…I know everything there is to know about the starwood, gary ed. etc. greg diles is dead. and yes he and ed murdered those people in laurel canyon, all over cocaine…

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      • Patrick Engeleiter 11:01 pm on June 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Joii please contact me about a documentary. Patrick 414-306-1667

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    • joii 3:24 pm on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I knew Gary very well in the Starwood days I lived worked and breathed it. was with Gary and Michael byard all the time…I have a couple of pics of him at the starwood, spent many a day at all his houses. and yes he was living on havenhurst here in w Hollywood right before he moved to Honduras. I am very sad to read he is gone…

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      • david Gutiérrez 6:35 pm on March 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        That was a apartments get in contact with me my cell (615)4031841

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      • david Gutiérrez 6:36 pm on March 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I remember gary fonteno from Honduras very well for many years

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      • Angie Fontenot 12:22 pm on February 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Joii, I am Angie, Gary’s niece. I would love any pictures you may have. Gary holds a very special place in my heart. If you can, please email them to me at angie0164@ymail.com or text them to me at 225-287-8120. Thank you 🙂

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    • Ken D. 5:00 pm on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      John,
      Not heard anything out of you in awhile there bud. Hope everything is well!

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    • Bonnie Brae 7:00 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am so jelly Gayle. You are one of very few people that actually grew up in LA.

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    • Mykal Fontenot 7:13 pm on March 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi john, my names mykal fontenot, and i am gary fontenots nephew and godson. It was as a result of my interest in my uncle, that i found your blog, and after questioning my father patrick about it, that he in turn contacted you…. i would just like to say thank you for sharing a mutual respect for my uncle, as well as for going out of your way to share his story, and keep his spirit alive…..much love, brother….rock n roll. Mykal

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      • John 6:09 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It was my pleasure, Mykal. Thanks for the kind words. God bless.

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      • david Gutiérrez 6:39 pm on March 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I remember gary fontenot from honduras very well i can give you more info my cell 615) 4031841

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        • John 1:01 pm on March 18, 2015 Permalink

          David, I’ll be in touch with you!! Thanks.

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        • joii resnick 5:48 pm on March 18, 2015 Permalink

          i wored at starwood since it opened with Gary and kathy. i was good friends with gary he was awesome, also i was with him right b4 he moved to honduras… i have a few pictures too.

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      • Patti 10:59 am on August 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Mykal Fontenot . Did you visit your uncle in the sound booth ?

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    • Bonnie Brae 10:12 am on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      And yes. Your passion for this blog is part of your charm.

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    • John 6:46 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thoroughly in love! I’d be offended if you weren’t so sexy.

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      • Bonnie Brae 10:09 am on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I’d be offended if you thought I was anything else!

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      • Gayle 10:07 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You are right about that John, she is a totally sexy! …and a fantastic person, I am grateful for her friendship.

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    • Bonnie Brae 4:41 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Damn John. You are thorough.

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      • Gayle 11:20 pm on March 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        So this was very interesting John. My friend and I were talking about the old Starwood days…she remembers a big black bouncer there, made me wonder if it was Diles! Ha!

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      • Gayle 2:38 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I always wondered who managed the Starwood. I hung out there from 78 to 81…it wasn’t an over 21 club so we could get in being so young.

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  • John 10:55 am on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eddie nash, todd bridges   

    Actor Todd Bridges Met Eddie Nash In Jail 

    Just like John Holmes at one point, they were housed in the “High Profile” section of the jail, so they were well taken care of and no other inmates could mess with them. This book looks pretty good, I just don’t know how full of shit Todd Bridges is. With a story like his though, he’s bound to drop some names. I like the part about Lyle Menendez’s wig. Classic, I had heard about that before, including how at their parents funeral, Lyle delayed the service for like an hour, so a wig guy could come make the necessary adjustments to that squirrel on his head.

    The “Johnnie” at the beginning is Johnnie Cochran. But of course.

    An excerpt from "Killing Willis: From Different Strokes to the Mean Streets" or something like that.

    An excerpt from “Killing Willis: From Different Strokes to the Mean Streets” or something like that.

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 11:58 am on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The Night Stalker always has and always will scare the shit out of me. I can’t even look at pictures of that asshole. It’s like looking at the devil.

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      • Bonnie Brae 6:49 am on February 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah – that clown is in Disneyland now. But while he was alive and on the loose, I was scared out of my mind.

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    • jimmy---chicago 1:08 pm on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I believe bridges it’s not that crazy of a story being that if they were all in the same cell block sure they would see each other and bridges would be fucked with considering the pecking order criminals there.
      First we have ramirez murderer.Second the menendez bros : murdered parents. Third the nash arson, murder,drugs etc Todd Bridges child hood star got busted for guns and drugs.

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      • John 8:13 am on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        In the high profile section of the jail, Todd says that the guys had 2 hours a day to get out of their cells, walk around, shower, use the payphone and watch TV in a sitting room. With only rabbit ears, they watched Soul Train on Saturday mornings to see the girls dancing, and they watched tabloid shows on weekdays and daytime news shows….but, it was annoying he says when one of their own cases came on, it would just piss off the person in question (himself, Nash, whomever). I don’t know if Ramirez go those same privileges, he doesn’t really say.

        He said that he spent a month in solitary for something or other offense in there. It was the hardest time because you are in a 4′ x 7′ cell with contact to the world. Your food is baked into balls to eat and you get a few apples a day. Bridges said that he hates apples to this day. In solitary, your mind takes over though and you find ways to entertain yourself. For him, he would re-enact scenes from TV shows and make up his own TV shows in his head, etc. Sucks to be in there.

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    • Bobby 5:34 am on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      “We didn’t have much in common”!! Day-amn, I woulda had a million questions for ol’ Nash!
      I’m with Bonnie.. would love to hear the rest of that Richard Ramirez story. Man, just as it was getting interesting! 😉
      A while back I read that James Franco optioned the rights to the biography “The Night Stalker” and was gonna play Ramirez in a film adaptation of the book. Wonder whatever happened with that?

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      • John 7:22 am on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        He just goes on to say how shocked he was at Ramirez’s crimes, “raping and killing little old ladies. He goes on to say “Ramirez used to come by my cell and shake my door really hard, and say “I’m coming to get you, Bridges!”. After getting the death penalty sentence/gas chamber, Bridges says that Ramirez came back to the cell block with a distraught look on his face. Bridges puffed out his cheeks and yelled “Hey Richard, get ready! How long can you hold your breath?!” “Fuck you Bridges”, said Ramirez.

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      • John 7:25 am on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        In the early 90s, there was a good docu-drama made about the Night Stalker. Look it up, but if not on DVD, it probably won’t be on TV ever again. The networks would rather just play Shawshank or Good Fellas for the 800th time, LOL.

        Don’t forget… Bridges was also a basehead. So… take these stories with a grain of salt, however, I don’t doubt what he said about Nash. They were in jail at the same time in the late 80s.

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        • criticextraordinaire 10:08 am on February 23, 2014 Permalink

          I can see Todd in the pokey with Eddie Nash and The Night Stalker. They hound him mercilessly… “Come on Todd, say it. We really want to hear you SAY IT”.

          Todd finally succumbs to the taunting and exclaims “What ‘chu talkin’ about, Willis?” 😀

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      • John 7:35 am on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Bridges also mentions the crap food in jail, just like Holmes stated they were still serving “Shit on a shingle” (gravy and meat poured over toast or bread). In the joint, they have to feed a lot of people, so they make up these large amounts of homogenous stuff like that or soup or crummy beef stew. It’s always cold by the time you get it. Bologna and fake cheese sandwiches. The “county cheese” that won’t melt, no matter what you do to it.

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    • Bonnie Brae 11:14 am on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Walked people to their cars with what???? Baseball bats? Flashlights? I must know.

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      • John 11:33 am on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Guns!!

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      • John 11:37 am on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I think both Menendez boys are now married. When Scott Michaels wrote to them while they were awaiting trial, he asked how much an autograph would cost (he wanted to put it in his Dearly Departed Museum). They replied “The Menendez brothers are not for sale!”

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        • Bobby 5:38 am on February 22, 2014 Permalink

          The Menendez brothers are the perfect definition of ‘Yuppie Scum’.

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